Mary Evelyn Wood Jowers passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 4, 2022. Mary Evelyn, also known as “Mac” and “Granny” was born on December 12, 1928, at home on the Timon Plantation, Red River Parish, Louisiana. Her parents now deceased were Ben Teer Wood and Fanny Durr Wood. She had one sister, Bennie Ruth Wood Stroud and husband, Hershel Stroud also deceased.
Mary Evelyn was nicknamed “Mac” by a cousin after the Civil War Battleship, the USS Merrimack which travelled the Red River. “Granny” of course came from her “Grands” and as she wrote, “…and they are Grand to me and my Great-Grands mean all the world to me!”
“Mac” attended schools at Hanna Elementary and Coushatta through the eleventh grade. She changed schools her senior year and graduated from Natchitoches High School. She also attended Northwestern State University for one year.
Mary Evelyn was a founding member of the Coushatta Lioness Club for the entire existence of that organization. She was also a “true witness” as a member of the First Methodist Church, Sunday School, and ladies’ group, “Sewing God’s Love”.
On April 13, 1946, Mary Evelyn married James Orlean Jowers, Sr., (deceased). They spent 56 wonderful years together and had two sons, James Orlean “Jimmy” Jowers, Jr. and wife, Kathy Hicks Jowers and Ben Robert Jowers and wife, Lesa Rodden Jowers. Grandsons include James Preston Jowers, Joseph Robert Jowers and wife, Rheana Young Jowers and James Creighton Jowers and wife, Jessica Berry Jowers. The great-grandchildren are Abigail Kate Jowers, Rylee Eve Jowers, Jesse Creighton Jowers, Reese Evelyn Jowers, Ryann Elizabeth Jowers, and Evelyn James Jowers.
To the “Sewing God’s Love Society, thank each of you for providing support and encouragement and the mission to help others that motivated “Mac” to keep going! Thank you!
She thanked special lifelong friends, Joan Adcock, Betty Lou Moore and Celia Ann Norman for the many hours and fun times that were spent together! Each of you “Meant the World” to her.
Special thanks to her friend, Chenelle Taylor for the hands on and extraordinary gift of encouragement that she showed these last few months!
Honoring “Granny” as pallbearers are Joseph Jowers, James Jowers, John Woolwine, Daniel Woolwine, Joseph Adcock, and Brandon Adcock. Honorary pallbearer is Preston Jowers.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to The First Methodist Church of Coushatta, The Springville Cemetery Association or the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at 1426 N. Military Ave., Lawrenceburg, TN 38464.