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In loving memory of
Francis Bowling
  • November 11, 1978
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  • January 17, 2021

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This is an obituary for a son who passed away too soon from complications from a long-term illness at 6:30pm on Sunday the 19th.

Francis L. Bowling was born November 11th, 1978 in Jacksonville Florida to Mary Thomas and Charles Edward Bowling Francis was a loving son and best friend to his mother, Mary.

Known to his close friends as ‘Smurf”, he is survived by his mother Mary, brothers Clarence and Frank (wife Faith), sons Francis Bowling jr and Mathew Woodward, granddaughter Elizabeth Dawn, nieces Kayla bowling, Tiffany Bowling, Breana Bowling, Nephews Cody Kelly (wife Sarah), grand nephews Jackson and Aiden Kelly, great niece Loralai Speckman

Francis lived in Jacksonville for most of his life, but moved to the Orlando area four years ago to be under the care of Mary. He was roofer by trade from the age of seventeen. Francis was an avid Falcons and GA Bulldogs fan and could endlessly name past players and statistics. From an early age he loved the beach, and video games, tattoos. Over the last two years he enjoyed his faithful companion pitbull Loki. They both enjoyed the space and peace of their new home Eustis.

Francis’s Mother Mary extends her heartfelt thanks to the health-care professionals at St. Judes, Orlando Central Ocoee and Advent Health waters circle  for their care and commitment for Francis over the past three years.

Mary would like to thank his extended Liberty Tax family….staff, customers, and students for all their support, check ins, and prayers

Friends and family will be invited to a celebration of life on Daytona beach at a later date this spring

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, Francis’s family would appreciate help with his final expenses   https://www.gofundme.com/f/francis-l-bowling-final-expenses?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1


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  1. Chrissie M says:
    01 Feb 2021
    Rest easy now Francis. You were definitely a wild ride since I met you all those years ago. Lots of laughs and lots of damn this fool is crazy.. lol. Miss you Francis..

  2. Chrissie Moore lit a candle:
    01 Feb 2021
    Lit since February 1, 2021 at 2:28:10 AM

  3. Laura Carpenter-Varnam says:
    26 Jan 2021
    Dearest Francis, I hope you are @ peace now. I know you were struggling w/alot of things but I never expected this so soon. Even though we didn't see eye to eye at times I always liked you & did my best for you that i could when I was around. I respected you Francis for who you are!! You dearly love your mother & that speaks mountains!! I am so sorry to find out your gone!! I'll miss getting jabbed at by you...all I can say is I am so so sorry to see you gone, when just a little over a week or so ago we talked on Instagram. May you rest now & we will all see you again. Will miss you!

  4. Madonna Moore lit a candle:
    23 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 23, 2021 at 1:32:56 PM

  5. Madonna Moore says:
    23 Jan 2021
    Rest in peace

  6. Mary Thomas lit a candle:
    23 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 23, 2021 at 1:53:10 PM

  7. Celia Burks and Family lit a candle:
    21 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 21, 2021 at 1:40:24 PM

  8. Cathy Bowling lit a candle:
    21 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 21, 2021 at 1:47:03 PM

  9. Cathy Bowling says:
    21 Jan 2021
    To my baby brother i love you and will miss you.Rest in peace. Love you

  10. Mary Veleces lit a candle:
    21 Jan 2021
    Lit since January 21, 2021 at 1:07:24 PM

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