Otis H. Bowden II


Otis H. Bowden II

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Otis H. Bowden II

Mr. Otis H. Bowden II, 92, of Amelia Island, Fla., passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

He was born January 2, 1928 in Stuttgart, Ark. to the late Otis Hearne Bowden and Donna W. Trice Bowden.

Mr. Bowden earned his Bachelor of Science and Master in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. His long and distinguished career as an executive recruiter started in 1967. He earned recognition as one of the top executive search recruiters in America in the 1991, 1993 and 1995 editions of a book titled The Career Makers: America’s Top Executive Recruiters. He was well respected within the profession.

Among his many pursuits, Mr. Bowden served on college, civic, and seminary boards for many years. He served as a trustee for Alderson-Broaddus College and on the Board of Directors of the Southern Seminary Foundation, the Advisory Board for The Salvation Army, The Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Eastern College Board of Directors, and was a member of the American Marketing Association and past director of the Association of Executive Search Consultants and of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He owned and operated the executive search firm Bowden Global, LTD.

Mr. Bowden was a private pilot and also enjoyed golfing and biking. He attended church at Amelia Plantation Chapel.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Carol Lamar Bowden.

He leaves behind his wife, Joan Keener Bowden of Amelia Island; her children, James C. Keener Jr. and his wife, Elaine, of Cumming, Ga., Russell G. Keener and his wife, Angie, of Marietta, Ga., and Amanda M. Agnew of Greenville, S.C.; her grandchildren, Stephen Keener and his wife, Tania, Alison Francis and her husband, Ryan, David Keener and his wife, Caitlin; Austin Keener, Aaron Keener, Justin Keener, and Bella Agnew; and her great-grandchildren, Julia, Carter, and Avery Francis and Mila Keener.

He will be laid to rest beside his first wife in Stuttgart.

Those desiring may make contributions in his memory to the Amelia Plantation Chapel at 36 Bowman Road, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

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Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors