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James Vernon Bowman Jr.

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WILLIAMSBURG - James Vernon Bowman, Jr. was born on February 1, 1951, in Williamsburg Community Hospital, to Audrey Piggott Bowman and the late James Vernon Bowman, Sr. He departed this life on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1969, he graduated from James Blair High School. After graduating from high school, he entered into the United States Marines Corps. At an early age, he joined New Zion Baptist Church, where he faithfully attended, before moving out of the area. "Buster" as he was known to his family and friends in Williamsburg, Virginia and as "Jimmy" by his friends in Washington, DC, was a jovial person who loved life and was most happy entertaining and feeding his family and friends. He was a great cook and was known everywhere for making his famous "macaroni and cheese". If it was known, when Jimmy Bowman and his friends from DC were coming to Virginia, many folks would be excited, because everyone knew it would be a great weekend in Croaker. He was a true lover of elephants, which is evident by the displayed in his home, with more than three hundred pieces, which included, statues, lamps, chandeliers, rugs, pictures, pillows, just to name a few. Later in life, he moved to Brooklyn, New York and resided with his "other family" and best friend/cousin, Emanuel Randall and the John Brown Family. A few years later, he ventured to Washington, DC and was employed as a Drafting Designer with the Washington Gas and Light Company. He retired with over thirty-one years of dedicated service. After his retirement, he started his own Catering Business. In 2006, Buster moved back to the Williamsburg area. He worked part-time for Whiting's Funeral Home. He cherished this job because he enjoyed being around people and helping them. He was also predeceased in death by his grandparents, Clarence and Celestine Outten, James and Evelyn Arrington, his niece, LaToya Parham and his brother-in-law, Raymond Parham.He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his loving mother, Audrey Bowman; his devoted sisters, Edythe Ashlock and Deborah Parham; his nephew, Bryon Ashlock, Sr.; his great-niece, Amaya Lopez; his great-nephew, Bryon "BJ" Ashlock; his uncle, Elmore Piggott (Florence), many cousins; his devoted friends, Ricky Fauntleroy and Russell Sykes, and many other special and caring friends. A celebration of his life will be held 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2013, in New Zion Baptist Church, 3991 Longhill Road, with Dr. Robert A. Whitehead officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Family and friends will assemble at the church by 12:45 p.m. on Monday. Mr. Bowman may be viewed in the funeral home from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Professional service entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, 757-229-3011. We will miss Buster but God saw the road getting rough and just too much for him to bear. So we say, "Sleep on and we will see each other again". We all love you and we will miss you.
Published in Daily Press on June 22, 2013
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