Beatrice Goff Bowen

Sunrise: January 13, 1934

Sunset: May 15, 2020

On January 13, 1934, in Bayboro, South Carolina, Beatrice Goff was born to Lorenzo C. Goff and Essie Johnson Goff. Beatrice, lovingly known as Bea, dedicated her life to God at an early age and joined New Bethel AME Church.

As a young adult, Bea migrated to Norfolk, Virginia to live with her Aunt Beatrice Evans, where she attended Booker T. Washington Trade School. She soon after entered into Holy Matrimony to the late Matthew Bowen Sr. Bea started her career at Naval Station Norfolk Supply Center in Norfolk, Virginia as a logistics clerk and continued until
her retirement. She personally assisted in the sustainment of operational readiness of the US Navy during war and peace time.

Bea was a devoted member of the First Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, where she served for over 50 years on the second usher board and the Women’s Guild. She was a very proud member of the Order of the Eastern Star; and a member of the Portsmouth Chapter of the National Association of Advancement for Colored People (NAACP). At home Bea loved, baking, gardening and extending love to everyone she came in contact with.

On Friday, May 15, 2020 God’s angels opened the Heavenly Gates to receive our beloved Beatrice G. Bowen. Surviving to cherish and emulate her beautiful life, her sister Betty Moody of Bayboro, SC; three sons Matthew Bowen Jr. of Newport News, VA, Deacon Christopher Bowen (Shelia) of Fayetteville, NC, Kennedy Bowen (Desney) of Waldorf, MD; one daughter Stephanie Watson (Edgar) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; (10) grandchildren Kim Fields, Quinell Watson, Christopher Bowen Jr., Cierra Bowen, Nelson Bowen, Khalil Watson, Aaron Bowen, Samuel Bowen, Briana Bowen, and Bryan Bowen; (4) great grandchildren Alexis Torres, Shawn Campbell Jr., Zoe Watson, and Ace Bowen; a host of nieces, nephews, and life-long friends.

Viewing Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Silver Star Cemetery 4291 Bethel Chapel Road Loris, SC 29569 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Napoleon and Sylvia Howard says

    To the Bowen Family: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort you and give you peace.

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    Wanda Hall says

    To the family of the late Mrs. Bea, may you find peace and comfort during this time in the Lord. Mrs. Bea as I called her growing up, for she has fought the good fight, she have finished the race and have always kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7

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    John & Delores Cherry says

    To the loving family of Bea. That’s what I always called her. She spoke of all of you often. I missed seeing her so much at First Calvary Baptist Church. She was one of those special people that always wore a beautiful smile. May God give you Peace, Courage, and Loving Memories to hold in your heart forever. You have our deepest sympathy.

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    Dave & Diana Williams says

    We are thinking of you and your family during this time of loss and hope the happy memories of the past help you through the sadness of the present. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family.

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    Val & Bobby Williams says


    Sending my deepest, deepest sympathy from I & Bobby. I know you are at Peace and finding comfort in how you “spoiled” you mom. Love you girl. I’m always here for you….just like you have been for me.

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    Kim Spencer-Newsome says

    Kenny, Stephanie and The Bowen Family,

    My deepest condolences to the family. Ms. Bee will truly be missed, her smile, compassion and her love she expressed about her family. Knowing your Ms Bee is at peace, I pray will bring you all comfort. Rest with the angels my Sistar (OES), may your Light continue to Shine Bright.

    From the Spencer Family, you all will remain in our prayers for comfort and peace..

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    jean godfrey says

    Stephanie I’m here for you, shes in a better place no more pains,you will see her again because you have God,i praying for you and the family .

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    Eva Riddles says

    My deepest condolences on the passing of your beautiful mom. I am praying for you during this difficult time.

    “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.” Revelation 21:4
    Eva Riddles

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    Johnie & Carolyn Riddick says

    Stephanie and Kenny,

    Thinking of you and wishing the family peace and comfort. Bea was a beautiful person inside and out. We will miss her kind and loving spirit and smile. May God bless and keep you in his loving care.

    With heartfelt sympathy,
    Johnie & Carolyn Riddick

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    Cathy Hailey and Family says

    Stephanie, My heart is with you and your family during your time of sorrow. It’s never easy finding the right words to convey my emotions for the loss of your mother. She was a mother to many of your friends. She may be gone from our sight but never from our hearts. I pray that you and your family always feel surrounded by her love. I am here for you and your family.

    Cathy Hailey

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