Helen Louise Bowman


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Mrs. Helen Louise Bowman, age 83, Jonesborough, passed away on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Four Oaks Health Care Center. Her children were by her bedside. We know she was greeted in Heaven upon her arrival by her husband, her parents, and other members of her family who had preceded her in death. Most importantly she was welcomed with open arms by Jesus, her Redeemer and Saviour.
Helen was the oldest of twelve siblings. Her parents were Jake & Tildia Freeman. She was married to Jesse E. Bowman and had been married 59 years at the time of Jesse’s death in 2013.
Helen and her late husband Jesse were owners of Bowman Fabric Shop. The two of them enjoyed traveling and buying material for the shop. She volunteered for the Holston Baptist Association at the hospital and had 400 hours of volunteer work when she had to quit. She worked for Empire Furniture (where she met Jesse), worked for Magnavox and Texas Instruments.
She was a member of Cherry Grove Baptist Church. She taught a Sunday School Class for many years. In 2011 she had read the Bible through 17 times. She loved visiting the sick and elderly within the church and community when she was still able to drive.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Buford Freeman (Red), Lynn Freeman and John Freeman.
She is survived by two children, one daughter, Rita Kay Bowman, Johnson City; one son, Russell Wayne Bowman, Jonesborough; two sisters, Margaret Coggins and husband, James (Buck), and Velma Ayers, Jonesborough; six brothers, Vestal Freeman and wife Virginia, Carl Freeman, Marvin Freeman, Leroy Freeman, David Freeman and Bobby Freeman and wife Donna, Jonesborough; brother-in-law, Howard Bowman, Johnson City; two sisters-in-law, Kathleen Crosswhite and husband Bill, Bristol, and Barbara Freeman, Piney Flats; and several nephews and nieces.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted 1:00 pm Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Cherry Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmie Rogers, Rev. Tommy Clark and Doyle Walters officiating. Music will be provided by Wade Cole, Doyle Walters, Gary & Betty Walters and family. Interment services will follow at Cherry Grove/Keplinger Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her six brothers, Vestal, Carl, Marvin, Leroy, David & Bobby Freeman, Nathan Coggins, Luke Cole, Hazen Arnold and Charles Lyons.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina 28607 or to Cherry Grove Baptist Church, c/o Doyle Walters, 104 Cherry Grove Rd. Jonesborough, TN 37659, for the Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Fund from the church.
Helen’s children want to express their appreciation to Dr. Matthew Cary and his loving staff at SOFHA who took care of their mom for several years and to all the staff at Four Oaks Healthcare Center who took such wonderful loving care of her during her last months of life. Also, we say thanks to our family, the caregivers and many other friends who visited and/or stayed with her during these last months of illness.

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12-07-2018 Tina Elmore
I am so sorry for your loss. Helen was a wonderful person and I will miss her. I am so glad we got to visit with her in August. Loved to her her voice and her laugh - she was so genuine and kind.
12-07-2018 Tonia and Jackie Ferguson
Rita, we r so sorry to hear about your mom! Prayers for your family.
12-05-2018 Mark T.Jones
Were so sorry for your loss and may God comfort and bless you all during this time. We know her and Jess and Daddy are having a great time right now.
12-05-2018 Ricky and Angela Hawkins
Our prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss. If you need anything, please let us know.
12-05-2018 Jean Jones Morrow
Helen was a classmate of mine at Lamar. It is sad to learn of her passing. Condolences to her family and friends.
12-05-2018 Frances Gouge
My prayers go out to your family at this time! Helen was such a sweet lady and will be missed! May your hearts be filled with precious memories of your sweet mother!
12-04-2018 J.shannon Zukas
Thoughts and prayers for the family ...what a true blessing she was to so many people..We sure loved them both,at Malone Lumber Co.
12-04-2018 Charles & Cathy Lyons
"Ennie" a wonderful neighbor and "Grandmother to our children Jason and Ashley, and our grandchildren, Natasha, Dakoatah, and Gage. We love you!
12-04-2018 Debbie Broyles Davenport
From the Family of Christine Stover Willis Our Deepest Sympathy for the loss of our longtime friend and loved one to each one of the family members. Our families go way back, it seems as though we have lost a family member. We have many great memories of Helen and Jess . Lots of love and lots of laughter and friendship. Special thoughts to Rita and to Russell ..this is something you will never get over but, God will help you through it. As you celebrate this Christmas don't shed a tear because your Mom and Dad are together spending Christmas with Jesus this Year❤️


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