SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Hundreds filled the Shreveport Convention Center Saturday to bid farewell to the late Caddo Parish Commissioner Joyce Bowman.
The Caddo District 5 Commissioner passed away at the age of 60 from complications of cancer on Sunday, May 25. Bowman served on the Caddo Parish Commission and Shreveport City Council since 1999.
Several speakers stood to tell their stories of Commissioner Bowman during the public funeral on Saturday, including Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover. Recalling Bowman's history as a track star, Glover compared her drive on the field to her drive in serving the public. "The one thing that Joyce was committed to was ensuring that her dash was as significant, as profound, as impactful as possible."
Her son Gerald also reflected on lessons learned and impressions left by his mother. "You know, people may forget what you said, they may forget what you have done, but they will never forget how you made them feel, and to that, I say 'Thank you."
Thelma Rice took note of the crowds that showed up to remember her friend. "Joyce was a loving, caring person and the people here today, they really cared about her, because we took time out to come and sit in on her services, so I think it was great."
According to a statement released by family spokesperson Cynthia Hightower Jenkins, In keeping with the wishes of Commissioner Bowman, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory should be made to:
St. Joseph Hospice Foundation
668 Jordan Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Pone (318) 222-8723
Tax ID#: 753112018
Dr. Jerome Cox, Administrator/General Manager