Rev. Amos L. McGowan, 67, of Slater, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at his home.
Graveside services with military honors will be held Friday, May 15, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville. Rev. Glenn Elmore will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.
Born Sept. 22, 1941, in St. Louis, he was the son of the late Amos L. and Marie Dupree McGowan. On June 17, 1967, in St. Louis, he married Shirley Miller, who survives of the home. He was a graduate of St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. He had pastored at North Street United Methodist Church in Marshall, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Fayette, Abbott's Chapel United Methodist Church in Slater and lastly at Second Baptist Church in Slater. He had also been associate pastor at Holy Ground Church of Christ in Fayette. He worked for 15 years as a developmental assistant/medical technician at Marshall Habilitation Center until his retirement. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of American Legion Post 178 in Slater. He was also a member of the Salvation Army.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Michael McGowan of Columbia, Jonathan McGowan of Warrensburg, Chris McGowan of Slater and Nathan McGowan of Marshall; three daughters, Carolee Wilkins of East St. Louis, JoAnn McGowan of Sedalia and Terika McGowan of the state of Louisiana; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three brothers, Joe Benny McGowan of Columbia, Jimmy McGowan of St. Louis and Glenn McGowan of Nashville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Claudia Washington.