Ray Bowden, 87, a longtime Rockaway resident, died September 14.
Bowden was born in North Carolina on February 9, 1924. He worked as a truck driver.
Bowden was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Bowden; daughters, Rachel Gibbs and Candace Gibbs; grandchildren, Nasier Gillespie, Aaron Anthony Brown, Tamia Sade Trim and Johnny Shaker Hughes Jr.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Friendship Chapel in Inwood, New York. Disposition was at St. Michael’s Crematory in East Elmhurst, New York.