Fallen Hero: CW3 Steven Wayne McGowen

New Augusta

Funeral Home

Moore and Son Funeral Home

Petal, MS


Thursday, August 24, 2023, Moore Funeral Home, 5-8 pm., Petal


Friday, August 25, 2023, Moore Petal Chapel, 3 P.M.


Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on August 20, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home. CW3 Steven Wayne McGowen, age 46, who had served in the MSARNG has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  McGowen had served within 1st Battalion 155th Infantry Regiment and as the Battalion Maintenance Officer for E Co 106 BSB, supporting the 150th BEB from 2019-2022.  McGowen currently had been working at the Camp Shelby MATES.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country. A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Steven Wayne McGowen, 46, of New Augusta passed away on August 20, 2023, at Forrest General Hospital. Services will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023 at Moore Petal Chapel at 3 P.M. followed by burial in New Augusta Cemetery.

Steven was a loving father. He had a passion for serving his country and dedicated his life to the Mississippi Army National Guard, where he achieved the rank of CW-3. He was a combat veteran, having served in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2001, during the 9/11 attacks. He served in Iraq during O.I.F. III (2005) and O.I.F. X (2009). He was a proud member of the Combat Veterans Association, where he found camaraderie and support amongst fellow servicemen and women. Beyond his military service, Steven enjoyed riding his motorcycle, he found joy in umpiring high school and college athletics. He will be remembered for his unwavering dedication and his love for his family and country. His spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas McGowen, Sr. and Bertha McGowen.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved son, Landon McGowen of New Augusta; his five siblings: Kneale McGowen (Lynn) of New Augusta, James McGowen of New Augusta, Pamela Brewer (Rocky) of New Augusta, Janice Walters (Van) of Runnelstown, and Annette McGowen of New Augusta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 24, 2023, at the Moore Funeral Home from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.