John Paul Bowling


John Paul Bowling, 68, of Arley, entered into rest  Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at North Alabama Specialty Hospital in Athens surrounded by his family.

 Bowling was born on Jan. 19, 1951, in Alexander City, Ala. He attended Cullman High School and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church for many years. John served in the Army during the Vietnam War and later in the National Guard.

Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Nichols Funeral Home in Addison and Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, from 1 until 2 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church in the Helicon Community. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church. Greg Dollar will officiate. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

John is survived by his wife of 48 years, Martha Bowling; sons, Kevin Bowling and his wife Christi, Jason Bowling and his wife Lori, and Scott Bowling and his wife Miranda; sister, Maudean Lindsey; and mother-in-law, Collene Brown. He was known as "Papa" to his seven grandchildren, Austin, Jaycey, Caleb, Callie, Claire, Briley, and Sadie.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Inez Johnson McKee, and father-in-law, Herbert Brown.

Friends may sign the guestbook online at

Nichols Funeral Home, Addison; 256-747-6063