Friends, fans visit Bowden family at Capitol and FSU

Hundreds of friends and fans arrived early at the Florida Capitol to pay respects to coach Bobby Bowden, who passed away on Sunday at 91 from pancreatic cancer.

Ann Bowden sat in a chair with Bobby Bowden laying a closed casket to her left at the Old Capitol rotunda. Terry and Tommy Bowden were among the family members greeting friends, fans and dignitaries.

Before the event at 10 a.m., FSU president John Thrasher and Gov. Ron DeSantis were among the dignitaries who visited the family.

At 1 p.m., a hearse moved Bowden to FSU’s Moore Athletic Center. The family received a large number of fans and players beginning at 2 p.m. Bowden’s casket was open at Moore as the the Bowdens were nearby. The trophy cases had been moved around allowing for an open center of the room at Moore, with the crystal football trophies from the 1993 and ’99 title games on each side of the casket.

Among the assistant coaches who were seen at Moore in the afternoon were Chuck Amato and Wally Burnham, as well as his wife, Barbara. Former players like Chris Weinke, Todd Fordham, Clay Ingram, Wayne Messam, Keith Jones, Wally Woodham, Jimmy Jordan, Ivory Joe Hunter, Bobby Butler, Kurt Unglaub, Nat Italiano and Tommy Keane were among those seen at the visitations with family.

“He’s accomplished so much and you can talk for days about him,” Weinke said. “But to me it’s not about the X’s and the O’s with him it’s all the other things that make him so special.”

Two former FSU athletics department administrators, Jeff Purinton and Nick Gandy as well as Sunshine Network play-by-play broadcaster Paul Kennedy were among those who visited with the family at Moore.

The Sod Cemetery had a memorial for Coach Bowden, featuring a photo of Bowden as well as his trademark straw hat. A flower was placed to the tight of each of the 63 tombstones that remember the Seminoles’ sod wins under Bowden.

Saturday’s service

A service for Bowden will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. A live stream of the service will also be streamed on Seminoles.com.


Below are some photos from events at the Capitol and FSU on Friday

The Bowden siblings surround Ann Bowden.
A large wreath of flowers was placed on Bobby Bowden’s casket early this morning.
Ann Bowden greets visitors on Friday morning.
The Sod Cemetery honored each of coach Bowden’s 63 “sod” wins.