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Amy Lou Bowie Neville



A TIME TO BE BORN: On October 15, 1923 Amy Lou Bowie Neville was born to the late Frazier Bowie Sr. and Amy Green Bowie, in Colfax, Louisiana.

A TIME TO PLANT: Amy was baptized at an early age at Union Baptist Church in Colfax, Louisiana, by the late Rev. Wash C. Clark.

A TIME TO LEARN: Amy was educated in Grant Parish School System. She mastered the art of sewing and was a seamstress by trade. She made many beautiful garments for family and friends. She was proficient in alterations of men and women clothing. Amy spent many years of her life living abroad as her husband served diligently in the military. She has traveled the world over…

A TIME TO SERVE: Amy loved God and serving in her church. She was a faithful member of Union Baptist Church for many years. She later moved her membership to New Zion Baptist Church where she served as First Lady, under the pastoralship of her husband Rev. William Neville. She also, served faithfully under the leadership of Rev. Tom Hamilton, Jr. In addition to First Lady, she was a choir member, Deaconess, Sunday School Member and Mission Department Member. At the time of her demise she was a faithful member of Trinity United Baptist Church, pastored by Rev. Huey Tademy. She was the Mother of the church. Amy continued to serve in all the above capacities of the church until failing health became a hindrance. Amy was a dedicated employee of Pinecrest State Residential School for over twenty-five years. She provided excellent care to the welfare of special needs children.

A TIME TO LOVE: On January 2, 1943, Amy entered into holy matrimony to the Rev. William Neville Sr. of Lafayette, Louisiana. They were the proud blessed parents of the love of their lives, “Billy” and “Liz” as they affectionately called them. Amy had a heart of gold and loved people. She would greet family and friends with a big smile, a sassy bounce and her favorite words “how about that”. She wore many titles, Amy Lou, Mama, Big Mama, Aunt Sister, Sister, and Aunt Amy. She was one classy lady, whose style and dress could not be duplicated.

A TIME TO WEEP: Amy was preceded in death by her husband Rev. William Neville Sr.; a loving daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” Ann Neville; her siblings, Frazier Bowie Jr., Cephas Bowie Sr., Jim Bowie, Ivory Bowie, Roosevelt Bowie, and Gertrude Bowie Smith.

A TIME TO DIE: Amy departed this life on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Amy leaves to cherish many fond memories, a devoted and caring son William “Billy” J. Neville Jr.; five (5) adorable grandchildren - Brian Ramagos, Christopher Sykes (Candice), Jerrica Neville, Amber Neville-Simon (Keenan), & Jazzi Neville-Gray (Judesius); fourteen (14) beautiful great grandchildren - Brykeisha, Amiya, Braelynn, Cameron, Dillion, Christian, Carsyn, Sydnee, Keenan Jr., Kayden, Addyson, Abrielle, Pryncess, and Royal; one (1) sister-in-law, Henrietta Bowie; other relatives, and friends.

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