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Belongings of Funeral Home Owner, Slain Wife Up for Sale

Posted June 15, 2007

— The scene of one of the most talked-about murders in Rocky Mount will go on the auction block Saturday.

Possessions belonging to Mark and Julie Bowling will be sold at auction starting at 9 a.m. Saturday. The items include antiques, furniture, vehicles, boats and equipment at their estate.

The couple once owned a chain of mortuaries in eastern North Carolina.

Julie Bowling was found shot to death inside the garage of the Rocky Mount home on Dec. 8.

Mark Bowling has been charged with her murder. Another woman, Rose Vincent, who authorities said had been involved in a romantic relationship with Mark Bowling for about a year, also faces a murder charge in the case.

According to search warrants, Vincent told authorities that she drove to the Bowlings' home while Mark Bowling was in Florida and shot Julie Bowling multiple times.

Investigators said that, although Mark Bowling was out of town, he and Vincent had planned together to kill his wife.

A steady stream of people came by the house Friday to check out items to be auctioned.

"It was sad, real sad. You couldn't help but think when you walked in the door that it was a loving couple that lived here and what went wrong," Christine Peace said. "You can't imagine what happened that all of this would have to go."

Meanwhile, others admitted they just came by to see the house behind the terrible story. Markings on the doors where investigators searched for fingerprints are still visible.

"I was just curious to come see what was here," Antoinette Harrison said.

Julie Bowling's family said they want to buy back her personal items at the auction.

The money raised from the auction will go toward settling the couple's debts. The couple's funeral home in Rocky Mount was recently sold for $2.5 million.


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  • spazman Jun 17, 2007


  • tim9613366 Jun 16, 2007

    Amen ncteach...I also echo your sentiments...

  • friendlylady Jun 16, 2007

    This photo on the top page make Mark look like a grown "Chicken Little." By the way, I mispelled Julie name. I spelled "Julia," should've been "Julie."

  • friendlylady Jun 16, 2007

    This is a sad situtation for the family of Julia Bowling. I've seen the house and it is gorgeous! The furniture has to be nice because the house is nice. I've been tracking this story because it's home for me. How in the h3ll did this man destroy what she(julia) had ( from what was said she held the business up)to supply what he wanted. My heart goes out to her family and his. Look at what he had (Julia) and what he was messing with (satan). Julia had so much going for herself...she had a job at Nash Health Care System and funeral home business. Look what he was dealing with (Vincent) what did she have going for her self beside getting discounts at Food Lion. Now Julia's family could be losing everything because of his trifling ways.

  • firecaptain2000 Jun 16, 2007

    Anyone who will bid against this woman's family to get her possessions is a scum bag!

    The best protest to her murder would be for her family to bid and no one to raise the bid. Let her useless husband worry about how the bills will get paid. After all, he has the rest of his life to handle that problem.

  • bbclayton Jun 15, 2007

    I know it seems bad to auction off her belongings but if she didn't leave a will, it probably has to do with probate laws in NC. What is becoming of this world when people murder someone they once supposedly loved so much...... Sad.........

  • djofraleigh Jun 15, 2007

    Do you suppose that working with dead bodies all the time let him become insensitive to death itself?

    As for the 2 million, his lawyers will be be paid before anyone else.

  • ladyblue Jun 15, 2007

    It could be that they owe more than their assets. They may have have a house, cars and boats but it could be they weren't paid off at time of death.

  • msncdso Jun 15, 2007

    ncteach, my sentiments exactly. What a loss (Julie that is).

  • IdahoSpringsCO Jun 15, 2007

    Morbid, right out of a ghastly tale of the macabre. Imagine walking through a home and over the very spot where its owner was murdered, to pick through her things and overhear comments about her taste in furniture and art. Step right up folks, dont be shy. Saturday's auction has to be the creepiest event of the year in Rocky Mount!