Celebration of a Life Well-Lived – Geraldine Virginia Bowman Head
On June 1, 1921, Geraldine was born to William and Berta Bowman in Madison, Georgia. She was surrounded by eleven brothers and sisters. Geraldine grew up in Madison, graduating from Burney Street Elementary and High School. She went on to attend Morris Brown College in Atlanta where she met and married Glenn Head. Upon marrying Glenn, Geraldine became an ‘Army wife” as Glenn was a member of the 99th Pursuit Squadron of the Tuskegee Airmen. Traveling with her husband, she lived in many places in the United States. This was one of many highlights of her life as she often shared her experiences with family and friends. During this time, two of her children, Gerald and Evelyn were born. In 1946, upon Glenn’s discharge, the family moved to Lincoln Heights, Ohio.
During her lifetime, Geraldine was involved in numerous civic, educational, religious, and social organizations. When she enrolled Gerald in St. Simon Elementary School in 1948, she volunteered there every day. The priest, at that time, Father Harrison, finally confirmed her in 1950. Geraldine was employed at the US Postal Service from 1965 until her retirement in 1983. Because of her schedule, she attended the 6:00 mass and had fond memories of being the only one there besides the priest. She continued to work diligently at St. Simon, volunteering at the school, becoming a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts when Gerald joined; serving on the Altar Guild, as a member of Episcopal Church Women (ECW), Black Episcopalians, Parish Health Ministry and numerous other committees until her health started to impose limitations on her activities. She didn’t stop, only slowed down.
Geraldine was passionate about flowers and gardening and was often seen in “her yard” taking care of her plants. She also loved to travel, taking many trips with her daughter, Evelyn, and other friends and relatives. Her trip to the Holy Land with her sisters was a very memorable one for her.
In 2002, as a charter member of the Woodlawn 50 Plus Club, Geraldine was inducted in the Senior Citizen Hall of Fame. She participated in the Wyoming, Lincoln Heights, and Maple Knoll Seniors and was also a member of the Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Family was very important to Geraldine. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother attending basketball games, plays, sports, and any activity “her children” were involved in. “Her children” included hers as well as friends of her children and the youth in the community. She often had many encouraging and supportive acts and words for the youth who encountered her. Many referred to her as their “other mother”. To stay current, she reached out to the youth of the community and was always willing to learn new things. She never met a stranger, or you were not a stranger for long.
Geraldine lived a full and active life, always willing to assist others. Her humor and stories will be missed. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Evelyn, and grandsons, Kevin and Brandon.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her sons Gerald (Beverly) and Michael (Tom); three grandchildren, Carmen, Toni, of Cincinnati, and Carlos (Latoia) of Atlanta; eight great grandchildren, Tianna, Brianna, Alexis, Angelica, Cuan, Robert “Trey”, Zooey, and Skai; two great great grandchildren and many devoted neighbors, relatives, and friends.