Mr. Gaines Edward (Tarp) Bowers, age 82, of Summerville, GA, passed away Saturday Morning at the Cozy Manor Assisted Living in Lafayette, GA.

Mr. Bowers was born April 9, 1928, in Chattooga County Georgia, the son of the late Henry Franklin and Laura Locklear Bowers. He was a retired Weave Room Supervisor with 38 years of service with Mt. Vernon Mills, a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in WWII and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Bowers was a member of the Trion 1st Baptist Church, and the Riegel Textile Quarter Century Club. Mr. Bowers was preceded in death by sisters, Addie Mount, Aline Kirk, brothers, Robert Bowers, John H. Bowers, and Lewis Bowers.

Survivors include his wife, Eva Mary Stewart Bowers, sons, Larry Edward Bowers, P. Michael Bowers, brother, Frank O. Bowers, grandchildren, Kirsten Brown, Ted Bowers, Matthew Bowers, Shanna Dawson, Phillip Bowers and 7 Great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 24, 2010 from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Vernon Johnson and Rev. Jim Cordell officiating with interment in the Old Trion Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Ted Bowers, Matt Bowers, Phillip Bowers, Ricky Bowers, Roy Bowers, and Roland Bowers.

Mr. Bowers will be in state at the Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends Sunday, May 23, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m.