Judy M. Bowers is currently retired as the director and teacher at Presbyterian Day School. She also worked as a speech therapist in Humboldt City Schools and Jackson City Schools, and as a specialist in augmentative communication for the West Tennessee Cerebral Palsy Center.
Some of Mrs. Bowers’s activities include: reigned as Miss Knoxville; finalist in the Miss Tennessee Pageant; chairperson of the Territorial Queen’s Revue for the Strawberry Festival for three years; chairperson of the Governor’s Luncheon during the Strawberry Festival for eight years; active in city, state, and national elections; honored at the Statesman of the Year for the 8th District; active with the Republican Women of Gibson County, serving as their president and vice-president of the 8th District; campaigned with her father, Robert M. Murray, in the first Republican primary for Governor against Roy Acuff; served on the Humboldt Park Commission for eleven years; was selected Ms. Gibson County 2012 for service to the community; served on the Tennessee Arts Commission for eight years; served as chairperson for the grants panel for rural arts while on the Commission. She has also been politically active and has served as chairperson for most of the recent congressmen, senators, and governors.
Some of Mrs. Bowers’s hobbies include: avid horseman until a recent injury, but she still has horses, dogs and cats; loves the performing arts and has produced and directed many productions as fundraisers for the community; has performed in productions as Nellie in South Pacific, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Marion in Music Man, Annie in Annie Get your Gun, Anna in The King and I, and Mame in Mame. In Humboldt, she helped produce 1776, Peter Pan, Flower Drum Song, and Love Letters. She organized a community choir, and they were invited to sing around the area.
Mrs. Bowers graduated from Brenau Academy, Gainesville, Georgia. She received her bachelor of science degree in speech and drama and English from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Later, she obtained an elementary education and speech therapy degree from Lambuth University. She also pursued a speech pathology and special education degree from Memphis State University. She was the alumni director at Lambuth University; hostess of the Nearly Noon television show at WBBJ; and wrote and performed television commercials for Sunbeam Bread at WATE-Knoxville, Tennessee while a student at the university.
Mrs. Bowers resides in Humboldt, Tennessee and is married to R. Jack Bowers, a retired financial advisor and vice-president of Merrill Lynch. Together they have six children, fifteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is active in the Presbyterian Church and also sang in the choir for many years.