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Alexander Gray Bowers
June 21, 1993 - June 1, 2020

Alexander Gray Bowers

Alexander Gray Bowers
Jun 21, 1993 - Jun 1, 2020

Alexander Gray Bowers
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My beautiful, beautiful Alex was taken from our lives by a senseless and relentless drug. Our family asks that you realize that no one is immune to the epidemic of opioid and heroin addiction that encumbers our culture. We fought as hard as we knew how to help Alex, and our constant hope of his recovery dashed so senselessly is truly devastating.
The day Alex died, we died along with him. We will miss him every day for the rest of our lives. The pain of his death is heartbreaking and intolerable.
If someone you know is battling addiction; if your 'gut instinct' says something is wrong, it most likely is.
"Don't believe the logical sounding reasons of where their money is going or why they act so different. Don't believe them when they say they're clean."

Alexander Gray Bowers was born on the first day of summer, June 21, 1993 in Knoxville, TN. He spent his early years in Paducah, KY, Batesville, IN, and Tampla, FL. He played football, lacrosse, and wrestled before graduating middle school from Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, OH. Alex loved graphic design and studied trendsetting at The High School of Fashion Industries, New York City. After returning to Knoxville in 2010 he attended Pellissippi State eventually earning his phlebotomist license, in order to help with family business until joining Newell as a machine operator last October.
Alex is survived by his mother, Karen Randles Bowers; brother and sister, Major and Bizzie Bowers; ever loving and believing grandparents, Roy & Nina Randles- no one tried harder or had more hope.Thank you, Jesus for them in his life; aunt and uncle, Jerry & Deidre Randles; special uncle, Brian Randles; cousins, Ryan & Emily Randles.
Pallbearers- Major Bowers, Jerry Randles, Brian Randles, Ryan Randles, Nick Muratore, and Al Muratore
Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel
Reception of Friends June 9th, 2020 beginning at 6pm
Funeral following at 7:30
In Lieu of flowers the family would like to bless
The Mend House
308 Knox Rd
Knoxville, TN 37918

My Beautiful, loving, old soul Alex
May your spirit be restored and may you rest. I pray you can finally feel comfortable in your own skin. You were created purposely and beautifully and blessed this Earth with your presence. I guess we will resolve the five greatest songwriters when I see you in glory.
Love Eternally,
Mom, Bizzie & Major

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Jeff Gubitz on Aug 12, 2020

We are so sorry to learn if his death.
He worked under my direction and, when he did, showed much promise as a worker and a positive part of society. May his memory be for a blessing.
Jeff and Charlene Gubitz

Terry Robinson on Jun 12, 2020

Karen, my heart just breaks for you and your family. You were in our Bible study years ago and spontaneously made me a beautiful little carry bag for my Bible, which I still use and think of you each time! I have been keeping you in prayer and although I can’t even imagine the depth of your pain, I am standing with you in prayer. We are not supposed to lose our children and I can only imagine how devastating this must be for you. Just know that you are remembered with great fondness and that many people are praying for you.
With love and prayer,
Terry Robinson

Dina deVries on Jun 10, 2020

A beautiful tribute for your son, Alex. I am so very sorry for your precious loss. I don’t know the family, but I will be praying for you all. Thank you for sharing Alex’s battle with Addiction. I know so many families with similar heartbreaking situations, and are at a loss of how to help more when they have tried almost every. I’m very touched with your faith, and the love and compassion you extend outwardly & with family & friends. Praying for God’s peace, that only HE is able to give during these difficult times, and the days and time ahead of you. God bless and hold you all close to His Heart! Deepest Sympathy. ❤️

Linda Wade Jackson on Jun 10, 2020

Your post about Alex touched my heart so dearly as I have lived through this same traumatic experience. I lost my son 2 years ago after fighting with him everyday to recover from a liver transplant results from drug abuse that damaged his liver. God allowed me to be strong enough to help him get over his addiction, however it was too late for his liver to recover. He fought very hard to survive for 4 years after transplant but had way too many complications resulting in heart attack & all of his major organs stopped functioning. I’m grayed that God gave me the blessing of this wonderful soul in my life as well as 4 more years with him. I am so sorry to hear about your sweet son & sending prayers for peace for you all

The BECKMEYER family on Jun 10, 2020

Our memories are distant, but so fond. Our hearts are sunken, but prayers are lifted up. Bless you David, Karen, Bizzie and Major. God’s speed and peace Alex.
The Beckmeyers

Brian on Jun 10, 2020

My Eulogy to Alex - Uncle Brian

Alexander Gray Bowers born on June 21, 1993 and died on June 1, 2020

Alex was loving, kind, polite, and loved his family. He was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin.
I have several great memories, three of which I will quickly share.

The first was when I remember my mom babysat her first grandson. She called me and said, “Do you know what he did!! He is just like his mom (my sister). He opened up every drawer in the kitchen and make like steps and then on top of the counter he opened up all the drawers!” When grandma caught him, he was smiling and laughing….My mom not so much!

The second was when they lived in Orlando. We took a trip to see them and loaded up and went to Universal Studios. We rode rides, ate, etc. Well, Alex was probably about 8 or 9, and he spotted one of those scary Chucky dolls and had to have it. Of course, my mom, his grandma, did what any other one would do and bought it for him. Well, Alex got that doll home and was so scared of it, he would not even let it stay in the same room as him! Not that his uncle would ever give him a hard time about that either!!

And then there was the infamous go-cart ride! The gist of the story is his “Favorite Uncle” (yes, me) got into a go-cart and let a 9 year old drive. He drove it alright until…he drove us straight into a tree, and we barely bailed before the go-cart hit the tree!!! We pushed-dragged the mangled cart up the hill, and I was met “That’s your fault for letting a 9 year old drive.” However, to this day I still blame my sister because she is the one that said he could drive it in the first place!!! And did you know that Walmart won’t take back a mangled go-cart!! Well, my sister surely did try it though!! She can tell you about that!!

I have tons and tons of great more memories of Alex. But I do want to leave you with a few thoughts. Everyone in this room will have two dates in life, a birth day and a death date. If you haven’t noticed, those dates are separated by a small “dash.” That dash is your story. Life threw my nephew Alex a curve ball, one of which he could not beat. I would ask everyone in this room, please, make the most of their precious “dash.” Whatever it is--to volunteer, give money or time to a substance abuse program, feed needy--make the most of your life because your dash is a precious gift from the good Lord above.

I have one final, simple, two word request. “Remember him.” Alex may have left this earth, but we can keep his memory alive, so please remember him.

Dave bowers on Jun 9, 2020

My Son Alex
Today was the darkest day of my life. Standing over your grave being in a place where no parent should ever be, remembering a child. The world knows how brilliant you were and how your smile would captivate. You and I share common demons it's relentless and it takes no prisoners. It takes and takes until nothing is left including life. We shared the best of time's and the worst of times. You were blessed to have mother that loved you and tried so hard. Your impact on Bizzie and Jack is not measurable in words. Thank You for Nina and Roy no two people could have ever done more. You are angels of God. Alex I wish I could have done more I wish was there for you at the end. I left my heart and soul for you today.
Truths:
Alex was better athlete than me , Jack will be better.
Alex was more handsome , but Bizzie is more beautiful..
Alex will always be Prince of New York City.

Dad

Linda Mock on Jun 9, 2020

You will be greatly missed by your family who have been supportive in every way. Oh if only you could have seen your potential like we all could .Go rest high upon that mountain
Londa Mock

Concerned grandparents on Jun 9, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. We are currently working with our grandson who has the same problem. Grateful that he is 25 days clean and starting a new job. We pray daily and thank God for His blessing that he is recovering.

Cindy Brandan on Jun 9, 2020

Bower's Family, We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Some of my favorite memories of Alex were watching him with Bizzie and Major in the front yard passing a football around, playing catch with a baseball, or driving the kids to play golf. The sport changed with the season but the love he had for his brother and sister never changed and was obviously great. Our prayers are with you,
Georges & Cindy Brandan

Marty & Dennis Danilchuk on Jun 8, 2020

Dennis and I are so very sorry to hear of the great loss of Alexander!

Our thoughts and our prayers are with you at this time.

Marty & Dennis Danilchuk

Jan R Weaver on Jun 8, 2020

I read your son's obituary on Betsy's Elliot's FB and it broke my heart for you. I hate drugs and how it shatters families. I've lost too many friends to this hateful tragedy. I pray you will find comfort from God in knowing your son is at last in peace and you will see him again. I hope your courage in writing this obituary will help someone else change their path in life.

Kim Jones on Jun 8, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. My heart aches for you and your family. I applaud you for sharing your son’s story. I wish I had the same courage. I pray this speaks to at least one person. My prayers will be with you and your family.

Martha Paris on Jun 8, 2020

I share your story and your sorrow. We are having a funeral to as you do. My sweet cousin, Christopher Paris took his own life with a gun. Addiction led him to believe he had no one who loved or cared about him. I can't bring any of my loved ones back but I can, prepare to hopefully see them again with Jesus. My heart goes out to all who's hearts are shattered as mine is. May God keep you and bless you. Martha Paris

Vince & Cookie LoIacono on Jun 8, 2020

Vince & Cookie LoIacono
We share your grief at this darkest hour. Please know that we are thinking and praying for you and all your family. There are times that words cannot adequately describe feelings of ones loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Mom on Jun 8, 2020

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Merry WayneGaddis on Jun 8, 2020

God bless you all.

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Knoxville, TN, United States 37918
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Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel
5301 Fountain Road
Knoxville, TN, United States 37918
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