Mr. Pete Bowman, age 89, Jonesborough, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center.
Mr. Bowman had a farm in the Sulphur Springs Community. He was originally from Alvarado, VA, son of the late M.V. & Gaye Bowman. After graduating form William King High School in Abingdon, he joined the US Air Force. After his discharge as a Corporal he went to Richmond, VA Barber School and barbered in Abingdon, Bristol and Kingsport for several years. He worked at Raytheon in Bristol and later was a tobacco grader for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, from which he retired. He also was a ham operator and his call letters were N1PB.
He attended Oak Hill Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Bob, and a sister, Doris Umberger.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Mary Ann Bowman; daughter, Nancy Jackson and husband Andy; granddaughters, Amanda Nelson and husband Andrew, Christy McReynolds and husband Jason; great-grandson, Charlie Nelson; great-granddaughter, Nora Nelson; brothers, Mack and his wife Ann and George and his wife Martha; sisters, Betty Hurd and Ruth Collier; sister-in-law, Ann Owlsley; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be conducted 2:00 pm Saturday, July 7, 2018 at the Washington County Memory Gardens in the Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that contribution be made to your favorite charity.
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I am a ham radio operator. I haven’t been on the air for several years, but I sure do remember Pete. He was one of my favorites, although I didn’t get to hear him on the air as often as I would’ve liked. My antenna fell down a couple of years ago and recently I got my station going again, and tonight I was thinking about Pete. I tried to find him on QRZ and on the FCC website, and saw that his license had been cancelled. I hoped he hadn’t passed away, but a Google search revealed that he indeed has, which saddened me.
I remember him one night on the radio talking about how good fried potatoes with onions were.
I’m sorry I won’t get to hear him anymore, but I will just think about him enjoying the presence of Jesus.
Linda (Browing) & Gary Robinette
We were so sorry to learn of the passing of Pete. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mary Ann, and the family.
It was good knowing Pete over the years, visiting
Pete and Mary. Just a kind country person to know.
Michael and Diana Sharp
Sure sad to hear of your loss. Mr. Pete was a
really good friend and enjoyed stopping by after I
retired from Washington County. Mr. Pete always
had a few good stories and advice for the way
things were happening at the time. Will never
forget the trip to Burkes Garden, Virginia. Many
Thanks for the good times and all the good
Pete Bowman was a wise and interesting man. As his niece, I
enjoyed listening to his recollections about our family, and
what it was like to grow up during the Great Depression. He
wrote down many of his stories, which can now be shared with
Uncle Pete never knew a stranger, for he always strived to
make connections with others. He was a hardworking man,
and was respected by all those who knew him. Throughout his
retirement, he continued reading and learning about a variety
of topics. He consistently showed his love for the Lord and
love for his family.
I will miss you, Uncle Pete, but hope to see you again one day
in Heaven. I’ll search for the Colonel Sanders look-alike
wearing a bolo tie, and telling all the angels about the beautiful
Sulphur Springs Valley.
May God bless the Bowman family during this time.
My prayers are with you.
Mike and Kim Masters and Kids
Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Gorman and Nancy Martin
We were sorry to hear of Pete's passing. We send our love
and prayers to you and your family at this sad time.