"That’s what the Lord put you on earth here for," he said. "Serving others—that’s the main thing."
Sitting in the well-furnished dining room of his two-story home on Route 17 last week, Bowden didn’t look as though he’s been around for a century. A trim man, his back is still straight, his hands are strong-looking, and there’s hardly a line on his face.
Bowden ran an automobile radiator shop at Ark for 43 years before retiring for good in 1983. He said he never had a monthly payment on his house, and he’s been able to spend his retirement years helping others. But he came from modest beginnings.