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Minnie S. Bowren

E. Stefan Morris

Obituary for Minnie S. Bowren

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July 27, 1936
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July 25, 2022

Born April 29, 1936 in Crawfordsville, Arkansas, to Marries and Georgia Day-Jones. Suma was the youngest of 8 children. Her parents Marries and Georgia, 7 siblings; Bessie, Georgia, Marsie, Floyd, Oliver, Ruthie Mae, and Jessie, along with her loving son-in-law Clarence R. Thomas Jr, and best friend Hazel Byers, all preceded her in death. Suma was a member of Eighth Street Baptist Church. She attended school in the Kansas City, KS school district. She met William H. McDaniel and to this union one child was born, Alisa Gail McDaniel-Thomas. Suma later attended Barber College where she successfully graduated and became the first black female “Master Barber” in Kansas. She was a jack of all trades. Suma traveled many states, and sang with jazz musicians such as Fred Marshall and Etta Jones. She would use her master barber skills to make a living in any place she resided. Suma settled in Kansas, where she married William D. Bowren, together they built and opened “Play Boy” Barber shop. In the late 90’s, Suma began her most prideful career as The Head Instructor/Master Barber at Advanced Hair Tech Barber College. She impacted the lives of many men and women during her tenure. Suma was very proud of all of her students and loved to hear about their continued success. She enjoyed listening and learning how the “Barber Game” had/has changed over the years. Suma leaves to cherish her loving memories & historic legacy; her only child Alisa Gail Thomas, only granddaughter Crystal K. Cummings; 5 great-grands, Jae’Lan, Cedric, Turriah, Ain’Jel(Christan), & Tumyia; 3 great-great grands, Kaiden, Treasure, & Jae’lan Jr, all of Kansas. And a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, students, and friends.

Visitation Details

Date and Time:

Monday, August 1, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Location:

Eighth Street Baptist Church

1420 N. 8th street Kansas City, KS 66101

Service Details

Date and Time:

Monday, August 1, 2022 at
11:00 AM

Location:

Eighth Street Baptist Church

1420 N. 8th street Kansas City, KS 66101

Interment Details

Interment Type: Cemetery

Brooking Cemetary

10004 E. 53rd St, Raytown, MO 64133

Professional Services Entrusted to Elite Funeral Chapel 11525 Blue Ridge Blvd. Kansas City, MO. 64134. Tel: (816) 765-0141 Fax (816) 765-5500