Scott Co MO
Born:Nov. 16, 1926 Died: 1948
Laura Elizabeth Burchfield,
Born:July 25, 1928 Died:1948
The Sikeston (Mo.) Herald
Thursday, July 29, 1948
BURIAL MONDAY FOR LOCAL YOUNG PEOPLE KILLED IN ACCIDENT
Funeral services for last Friday night's crash victims, Phillip Dover Bowman and Laura Elizabeth Burchfield, were conducted simultaneously at Sikeston and Matthews respectively Monday afternoon.
The two young people, killed almost instantly in a head-on collision north of Cape Girardeau at a Highway 61 traffic barrier, were well known throughout Southeast Missouri and a host of friends paid their final respects to the fatally injured victims and mourned their untimely death.
Last rites for Miss Burchfield were conducted by the Baptist ministers, Rev. Pat Hayden and Rev. C. C. Parks, at the Matthews school gymnasium at 2:30 Monday afternoon. At that same hour obsequies were accorded Phil Bowman at the Sikeston Methodist church by Rev. M. G. Joyce, pastor, assisted by Rev. E. D. Owen, Baptist church minister.
Interment of Miss Burchfield was made in Sikeston Memorial Cemetery with Albritton service, and the body of young Bowman was entombed in the Sikeston mausoleum by the Welsh attendants.
Would Have Been 20
Miss Burchfield was killed the day before her twentieth birthday, having been born at Greenbriar, Ark., July 25, 1928. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Burchfield of Matthews, both of whom survive, as do thirteen brothers and sisters present for the final services. The family of Miss Burchfield have been residents of the Matthews community for many years, the young victim having been educated in the schools there before attending Sikeston high school and graduating here in 1945.
Other than her parents, Miss Burchfield is survived by brothers, Hartsill, James and Harold, and two sisters, Wanda and Patsy, at Matthews. Mrs. Fayrene Cunningham of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mrs. Maxine Sweat of Fresno, Cal., and Mrs. Una Mae Rhodes of Kewanee, Mo., are other surviving sisters. Garland, Rudolph and Wendell, brothers, are now residents of St. Louis, and Milburn and Vernon live in San Francisco, Cal.
Native Of Sikeston
Phillip Dover Bowman was born in Sikeston Nov. 16, 1926, the son of Mrs. Margaret Bowman and the late Arnold Paul Bowman.
Educated in the Sikeston public schools, he was graduated here with the class of 1944. He attended Southeast Missouri State College in Cape Girardeau until March 12, 1945, when he entered the armed forces. Following service with the Army in the Asiatic-Pacific theater, he was discharged Dec. 10, 1946, and immediately re-entered college at Cape Girardeau, where he was a student at the time of his death.
Other than his mother, he is survived by his sister, Mrs. Robert Howard of El Paso, Texas, his brother, Arnold Paul Jr., of Badger, Wis., his maternal grandmother, Mrs. J. E. Dover, and his paternal grandfather, W. C. Bowman, both of Sikeston. He was a member of the Sikeston Methodist church.
Carol J. Bowman (Scott Co. Poster #130)
Phillip Dover Bowman: Army Veteran
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