Lula M. Bowman

Born Lula Mae Stewart, on January 11, 1931, to loving parents, Luther H. Stewart and Katie L. Stewart in Columbus, Ohio. She resided on the east side of Columbus with her parents and siblings. Lula Mae departed this life at the age of 88, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, surrounded by family at Mt. Carmel East Hospital.

Lula attended Felton Elementary School, Pilgrim, Champion Jr. High School, and Central High School. She graduated and received her degree as a Cosmetologist at the Poro School of Cosmetology in Columbus, Ohio in the 1950’s.

Lula Mae worked as a professional cosmetologist and entrepreneur in the beauty industry styling many heads for over 40 years. She opened her first salon in the 1960’s named Lula’s Beauty Shop on East Long Street. You may also remember her working at Merrill’s Beauty Shop, My Lady’s Beauty Shop, The Original Flair, and Bowman’s Mixed Beauty.

Lula Mae married her first husband, Bernard Jackson, in the 1940’s and had four daughters together: Katherine (Cookie), Isabel (Peaches), Phyllis (Candy), and Bernadette (Pumpkin). After 10 years of marriage, sadly her husband Bernard passed away shortly after the birth of their youngest child.
Lula Mae married her second husband James W. Bowman in 1963. They had one daughter together, Ingrid (Nana). All together they raised 5 beautiful daughters and enjoyed many wonderful years together. Lula Mae was known for her generous hospitality, excellent cooking, her sophisticated sense of style and the classy tailor-made clothing she wore. Lula was also known to host fancy dinner parties for her family and friends. She had a beautiful smile and laugh that would light up a room.

Lula Mae gave her life to Christ at an early age. She became a member of Trinity Baptist Church in 1939. Later in life she joined Lost and Found Ministries which was an inner-city youth ministry. She was very active in starting various groups; Family Sense of Pride, Unity Day Picnic, Let the Thunder Roar Christian Social, Fishers of Men Fish Fry, God’s Army youth Choir and many more.

Lula Mae is preceded in death by her parents, Luther H. and Katie L Stewart; Grandparents, Clara and Alexander Person and great grandparents, Robert and Virginia Person. Her husband, James W. Bowman; daughter, Katherine Williams; son-in-law, Timothy Williams, son-in-law, Darryl Dunson; brothers, Robert Stewart, John Stewart, Luther Stewart Jr. and sister, Ann L. Stewart.

Survived by loving family, children, Isabel Hood, Phyllis (Willie) Carter, Bernadette (Phillip) Hansford, Ingrid Dunson, Robin (Eddie) Futcher, Leslie Williams Crutcher; grandchildren, Rodrigues (Nicole) Carter, Antonio (Dawanna) Carter, Dawan (Sunserraye) Jackson, Katherine (Gibril) Carter-Sylva, Timothy Jackson, Tanikia (Malam) Carter-Camara, Roya Hood, Antonio Hansford, Alah Jackson, Jelani Jackson, Ivana Dunson, Darryl L. Dunson; Great Grandchildren, Darriel Hawkins, Willie Malcolm Carter, Dawan Jackson Jr., Timela Crutcher, Alexandrea Crutcher, Elijah Jackson, Aaron Carter, Ivana Woods-Murphy, Alessa Carter, Ahtiona Carter, Maya Carter, Myles Carter, Mamie Sylva, Marieme Sylva, Foday Camara, Sally Camara, Dante Jackson, Omar Carter-Sylva, Zakariyah Carter-Sylva, King Bates, I’maya Niang-Dunson, Isaiah Dunson, Fatou Sylva, Levi Jackson, Christian Hansford, Ryan Jackson, Jacarie Dunson, Jacobie Dunson; Great-Great Grandchildren, Royce Hawkins and Marcus Jr. (MJ) Burton.

Visitation 2:00pm and Funeral Service 3:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Trinity Baptist Church, 461 St Clair Ave.

Interment 10:00am Tuesday at Union Cemetery.

Condolence Messages

  1. I’m very sorry for the passing of Lula,my sympathy .Please let this scripture bring some comfort to you. ” Throw all of your anxiety on Him,He cares for you “._1 Peter 5:7

  2. Irish J. Richardson

    To the Bowman family. My heart is with you and your family at this time of your loss There is comfort in knowing God’s promises about the resurrection hope. (Acts 24:15) and (John 5:28,29) In the past God has resurrected humans and He is eager to do it again because He hates death. To learn more about God’s promises go to JW.ORG. There are online Bible study lessons featured and more. Love, Your Neighbor Irish J. Richardson

  3. Kenny & Bev Chatters

    I know for certain that we never lose the people we love. They continue to participate in every act, thought & decisions we make. Their love leave an indelible imprint in our memories. May God’s loving presence comfort you, his perfect peace restore you and his promise of external life sustain you during this time of loss.
    With Love & Prayers,
    Kenny, Beverly & The Chatters Family

  4. Our thoughts are with the family in this time of sorrow. In just a little while all of the pain and sorrow that we feel from the death of our love ones will cease and be replaced with joy, because the former things have passed away. With caring thoughts.

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