Celebrating the life of

William Stephen Bowen, Jr.

February 14, 1938 - August 01, 2022

William Stephen Bowen, Jr.

William Stephen Bowen, Jr. of Savannah passed away on August 1, 2022 after a brief illness. He was born on February 14, 1938 in Blackshear, GA to William Stephen Bowen Sr.“Buddy” and Alafae Jones Bowen.

Stephen graduated from Blackshear High School and was a member of the 1956 State Championship basketball team. While earning a Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, he served as president of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He then attended Stanford University where he received master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration.

He began his business career as vice president of Southwire in Carrollton, Georgia. His strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish many businesses including Bowen Knife Company, Bowen Construction Company, and Bee Rite Convenience stores. His last position was vice-president of Signs of the South, Inc. in Savannah.

Steve enjoyed several organizations: Leadership Georgia, Young Presidents Organization, International Business Fellows, and The Society of Colonial Wars in the state of Georgia. His love of all things aeronautical resulted in obtaining certifications as an Instrument, Multi-Engine, and Airline Transport Pilot. He was an avid reader, life-long learner, and amateur genealogist. One of his greatest joys was having had the opportunity to travel the world for business and pleasure. Steve will be remembered for his constant and infectious smile and warm hugs.

Stephen is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Deborah Sieg Bowen; brother, Winston M. “Sonny” Bowen (Jane) of Blackshear; brother-in-law, Beal O’Steen of Blackshear; nephews, Dr. Matthew O’Steen (Mary Katherine) of Charleston and Brantley Bowen of Blackshear; nieces, Pamela O’Steen Baker (Greg) of Blackshear and Mary Kathryn Bowen Starr (Brandon) of Houston. Great nephews and nieces include Ben and Mary Bowen Baker; Crawford, Lillie Campbell, and Coleman O’Steen; Stryker Bowen; and Jane Winston Starr.

He was predeceased by his parents, sister Judy Bowen O’Steen, and nephew Winston M. Bowen Jr.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022 in Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.



Debbie, am so sorry to hear that Steve has passed away. 50 years was a long time. I know all of us will miss him at ours Savannah High reunions. Camille

- Camille Puckett , Peachtree Corners, Georgia

Debbie, We are so stunned by the news of Steve's passing! Linda and I are praying for God's strength and grace for you in this time.

- David Sapp, Atlanta, GA

Dear Debbie - I was so shocked and sad to learn of Steve’s passing. He had become such an integral part of our high school reunions and will be missed. I really enjoyed the time which we spent together after the reunion in April and will cherish the memory. You and the family are in my prayers. Sincerely, Brooks

- Brooks Youmans, Peachtree City, Georgia

Debbie, we are so sorry to learn of Steve's passing. We enjoyed the time spent with him at our reunions You and Steve's family will be in our prayers.

- David and Joan Williamson, Snellville, Ga

Deborah, my heart aches for you and although we cannot be with you on Thursday, we will keep you close to our hearts. As you know we loved Steve; I will miss him as my partner at the Valentine’s party.

- Jan and Mike Bloom, Atlanta, GA 30305

Debra here in Waycross this afternoon we are all just realizing that Steve has passed. I had no idea that he was ill. I am so sorry for your loss. losing your partner at any point in life is just so horrible. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Rai

- Rai Duane, waycross, United States (+1)

Deborah, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Jacky B. Yglesias , Tybee Island , Ga

Debra I was looking on the Fox and Weeks website after Pomeroy’s funeral and was shocked to see Steve’s notice. After speaking with you just last week About his illness I could not believe the news. He was a good friend to me when I returned to Savannah and instrumental in helping me renew my association with Savannah. I well remember the many wonderful dinner parties you had with Steve being the master chef and you the glamorous hostess. I will miss him greatly all my love and sympathy to you in this tragic time.

- Charles Gay, Savannah, GA

Dear Deborah, What a fine man your husband was, and such a loss to you, your extended family, and all of us who enjoyed his handsome, happy (and patient) company at Colonial Dames events. The two of you were such a great couple. Anna

- Anna Habersham Wright Smith, Savannah, GA

My thoughts and prayers are with the Bowen family. Steve accomplishments were varied and numerous, but he is mostly remembered for being a consummate gentleman. I’m proud to have had him as a friend. Much love to Deborah!

- Catherine “Trinka” Dickey, Savannah, Georgia

Deborah, it is with great sadness we sent our love and condolences. It is strange to speak and think of Steve in the past for he was such an energetic man in so many ways. Steve was a consummate gentleman and a friend we will truly miss. We are so grateful for having known him and enjoyed being with both of you over the years. Fondly, Lee and Salty

- Lee & Salty Forbes, Savannah, Ga

Deborah, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet husband. Sincerest condolences.

- Paula Walker, Tybee Island, Ga

Dear Deborah, My prayers are with you. Steve will always be remembered for being a perfect southern gentleman.

- Barbara Victor, Savannah, Georgia

I am so sorry to hear this news. I knew Steve though the Colonial Wars and we worked on the 2011 national meeting in Savannah together. Steve brought a smile and good humor all the time.

- Mills Morrison, Savannah, Georgia

Dearest Deborah, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband. May the Peace of God comfort and sustain you. Shirley Miller

- Shirley Miller, Savannah, Georgia

Oh, Debbie, I was so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. While we had but a few interactions through the years, he seemed like a delightful fellow and a good partner to you. I can only imagine the loss you feel after 50 years of marriage. The words that make sense to me in grieving: Laugh. Cry. Remember. My warmest regards to you.

- Z (Edward) Rosenzweig, Atlanta/Savannah, Ga

So heavy hearted over this news, dear Deborah. Please know I send you love and prayers for comfort in your grief.

- Mimi Vickers, Union Point, Georgia

Deborah, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Steve was always a sweet soul that kept us laughing and we will all miss him... We love you and will be here for you... always...!!!

- Brian Brown & Michelle DiBiase, Waycross , GA

Dearest Deborah and Family. I send deep sympathies and condolences and hope you may find peace in loving memories of Steve. Deborah, please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you. Love, Paula

- Paula Fogarty, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel