Repairs under way at LaGrange St. home

by W. Winston Skinner


Work is being done to repair the roof at 125 LaGrange St., longtime residence of the late Sally bowen, who taught Latin to generations of Newnan students. 

A damaged roof at a home on LaGrange Street is set for repairs.

Passersby have noticed the damage to the roof at 125 LaGrange St. The roof split along the crest — reportedly after an inside wall was moved. Gina Snider of the City of Newnan said Shane Pridgen, an inspector with the city, has been in contact with the homeowner and that the city council is set to hear a report on the house on Sept. 10.

The owner “was unaware of the situation when I first notified her and she is now working with her insurance company to receive a solution to fixing the damages,” Pridgen told Snider in an email message on Friday.

Caution tape was placed around the dwelling a few days ago, and Pridgen stated utilities had been disconnected.

The home was for many years the residence of Sarah Louise “Sally” Bowen, a longtime educator and civic leader. Bowen died of cancer in 1999.

The LaGrange native moved to Newnan as a girl. She graduated at the top of her class at Newnan High in 1943 and earned degrees from Wesleyan College, Duke University and West Georgia College, now the University of West Georgia.

Bowen also studied at Emory University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Georgia.

The legendary educator taught Latin and social studies for 45 years before retiring in 1992. She taught at Atkinson Grammar School, Newnan High and The Heritage School in Newnan, at Oak Mountain Academy in Carrollton, and at J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City.

Future journalist and humorist Lewis Grizzard was among Bowen’s Latin pupils at Newnan High.

Bowen was known for her patriotism and served on committees to celebrate the nation’s bicentennial locally in 1976 and Newnan’s sesquicentennial in 1978. Bowen urged the Newnan City Council to adopt an official flag for the city, and she received the first flag at a council meeting in 1994.

She served on the Newnan-Carnegie Library Board, the Coweta Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Newnan Parks Commission and the executive committee for the Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City retirement community.

Bowen was named Citizen of the Year by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce in 1997. A member from childhood at Newnan Presbyterian Church, she received the Outstanding Senior Presbyterian award from the Greater Atlanta Presbytery in 1996. 

The Sally Bowen Kindergarten at Newnan Presbyterian is named in her honor.

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