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December 27, 2017

The body of Paul Bowen, 7, was found on the West Virginia side of the Tug Fork River on Christmas Day according to the Martin County Sheriff John Kirk on his FB page.

The tragedy has everyone in the area holding their children a little closer.

A Christmas gathering that included neighbors and members of the family was at the residence having dinner when it was discovered that young Paul was not anywhere around the house.

A huge search party looked for the boy, and Sheriff Kirk says that a couple driving by saw the child floating down the river in the Warfield community in Martin County.

The Kermit Vol. Fire Department found a hat at the scene where the child was believed to have fallen in, and his body was discovered about a half a mile from there.

Family members are now coming together to remember his life. Donations can be made in Paul Bowen's name to the Mullins Family Funeral home in Warfield to help pay for funeral expenses.

Obituary information:

Paul Luther Bowen, 7, of Hode, KY went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 25, 2017 due to an accident.

He was born on April 22, 2010, a son of Joshua and Tiffany Lambert Bowen of Warfield, KY. Paul was a student at Warfield Elementary School, where he was loved by the staff and students alike. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Paul L. Bowen, paternal great-great grandparents, Luther and Philista Horn.

Little Paul is survived by two brothers, Zachary and Daniel as well as 1 sister, Arianna all of Hode, KY. He is also survived by his paternal great-grandparents, Melvin and Marian Sue Bowen of Warfield, KY, maternal grandmother, Beronica Mollett of Tomahawk, KY, Maternal grandfather, Timothy Lambert of Latty, OH, maternal great grandfather Clinton (Criss) Mollett of Tomahawk, Ky Maternal great grandmother, Diane (Paul) Fannin of Louisa, maternal great great grandmother’s Bertha Lambert of Hart’s Creek, WV and Rhioda Newsome of Prestonsburg, KY.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 12:00 Noon at the Mullins Family Funeral Home, Warfield, KY with Joe McGinnis, Kenneth Gore, and Bill Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Melvin Bowen Cemetery of Hode, KY.

Visitation will be from 11:00am - 9:00pm on Thursday with services at 7:00 pm at the Mullins Family Funeral Home, Warfield, KY. Mullins Family Funeral Home is honored to be able to serve the family of Paul Luther Bowen and praying for their comfort. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the funeral home to help with with the funeral expenses.

Tribute from former Warfield Elementary principal Terry Quillen:

 

This is Paul Bowen. When I was principal at Warfield Elementary School, he was a student and was still a student until his tragic death on Christmas Day. I hired a photographer, Martin County's very own Marty Wayne, aka Martin Copley, to come to WES and do a photo shoot and this was one of the priceless pictures he took. Paul loved an audience and demanded one, and the WES staff and community gladly obliged. It was all hands on deck when he was around and I loved it. Rest in Peace little buddy.This is Paul Bowen. When I was principal at Warfield Elementary School, he was a student and was still a student until his tragic death on Christmas Day. I hired a photographer, Martin County's very own Marty Wayne, aka Martin Copley, to come to WES and do a photo shoot and this was one of the priceless pictures he took. Paul loved an audience and demanded one, and the WES staff and community gladly obliged. It was all hands on deck when he was around and I loved it. Rest in Peace little buddy.

 

 

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