CRYSTAL SPRINGS, Miss. — Dylan Bowen, 27, of Crystal Springs, Miss. – Our family had a blanket of darkness dropped over us on Jan. 5, 2021, as our beloved Dylan Scott Bowen left us suddenly at his home in Crystal Springs. He was born Sept. 15, 1993, in Jonesboro.

Dylan grew up with the love of playing baseball and soccer. And as he grew up, he refined his character traits of being a caring, loving, self-motivated, hardworking young man.

Dylan graduated with the class of 2011 from Westside High School in Jonesboro. He then went to Black River Technical College to get training as an aviation maintenance technician. He joined the U.S. Navy in 2012 and was with them until November 2018.

He was stationed in Washington state and this is where he met his wife, Daria. They married in October 2019 and Dylan moved to her hometown in Mississippi to begin making a life for them there.

Daria still had some time left to serve in the Navy. Dylan then went to work as a wildland firefighter at Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest-U.S. Forest Service and Jackson Hotshots.

He then worked as an emergency medical technician in Mississippi.

Dylan was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, George Bowen, his uncle, Michael Bowen, his cousin, Spencer Gilbert, his grandmother, Ginny “Nanny” Freeman, and his aunt, Angela Freeman Webb.

Left to celebrate precious memories of his life are his wife, Daria Bowen of the home; his parents, Brad and Marcia Freeman; his brother, Dakota (Colette) Freeman; his grandmother, Carolyn Bowen; his mother and father-in-law, Donna and David Emerson; sister-in-law, Lauren (David) Abernathy; aunts and uncles, Michelle (Chris) Metcalf, Deven (Sandie) Gilbert, Rick (Trish) Medlock, Kathie (Nathan) Wheeless, Georgia (Tommy) Medlock and Claire Depelteau; cousins, Brittany Gilbert, Joshua (Ashleigh) Baker, and many others; best friends, Trey (Mollie) Carter, Clifford (Maegan) Garey, Tim (Kendra) Williams and John (Courtney) McGuire, and many other friends.

Mississippi information: Dylan’s celebration of life will be Friday at Crossway Church in Vicksburg, Miss. Family visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon. Public visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held from 1 to 2 p.m.

Jonesboro information: Dylan’s celebration of life will be Saturday at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. for family and 1 to 3 p.m. for the public. Masks will be required during inside services.

A graveside service is scheduled to follow at 3:30 p.m. (if visitation is over) with the Rev. Joe Guthrie officiating in Pine Hill Cemetery in Jonesboro.

Pallbearers will be Dakota Freeman, Joshua Baker, Dathan Cooper, David Emerson, Trey Carter and Clifford Garey.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Williams, John McGuire, David Abernathy, the Westside High School 2011 soccer team, and Combat Air Crew 4.

The Westside High School class of 2011 is planning a balloon release at the Westside High School parking lot at 5:30 p.m. Saturday following the funeral.

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you make donations to Mission 22 and/or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) in memory of Dylan.