McLennan County, Texas
May 1923

MAY 15, 1923


Mayor T. H. Lumpkin went to Marlin this morning by reason of the death there Sunday night of former pastor of the Mart Presbyterian Church. Rev. J. L. Bowling now prominent in official circles of the Southern Presbyterian church in Texas.
Monday's Waco News Tribune contains the following account:  " Rev. James L. Bowling superintendent of Home Missions of the Southern Presbyterian Church, Dallas District, the largest in the state, and a former pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Waco, died as he was completing supper at a cafe in Marlin Sunday night."
Death was ascribed to dilation of the heart. Dr. Bowling was about 60 years of age, and though he had been of ill health for two years, his death came as a complete surprise and shock. Dr. Bowling was recognized as one of the leading men of his denomination in the South. He left the pastorate of the Second Presbyterian Church here about 29 years ago, afterwards serving various Presbyterian pastorates over the state until entering evangelistic work in the Central Texas (local) Presbytery. He later became pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Milford. About six years ago, Dr. Bowling was selected as superintendent of Home Missions of the Dallas Presbytery in acknowledgement of his work as a church builder with residence in Waxahachie.
In 1902, Mr. Bowling was married to Miss Bessie Knox, of Houston, the ceremony being performed by Dr. C.T. Caldwell of First Presbyterian Church of Waco. He is survived by his widow, and five children. Funeral services are announced for 10 o'clock Tuesday morning at Second Presbyterian Church, Waco, conducted by Revs. J. J. Grier, C.T. Caldwell and pasor of the deceased from Waxahachie. Interment Waco

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