Richard E. Bowers, age 82, died May 11, 2013 at his residence in Houston, TX surrounded by family and several friends. Graveside services will be 11:00 AM Monday, May 13, 2013 at Hawley Cemetery in Matagorda County on SH 35. Memorial services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in the sanctuary of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX.
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Richard is survived by his wife Janette, son George (Donna) Bowers, daughter Kelly Albrecht; step-children Connie Cornett (Betty), Clay Cornett (Deb), Cole Cornett (Cathy), Casey Cornett (Susan); grandchildren Chris and Amy Brinker, Colby and Colton Cornett, C. P. and Vivian Albrecht, Marshall and Stuart Cornett, Haley and Sydney Bowers; brother Adrian (Naomi); sisters Jackie Kieschnick and Carol Rehfield of Gruene, TX; "adopted" daughters Barbara Bowers and Angie Hendershot Boothe and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Richard was preceded in death by his parents G. T. and Blanche Bowers; brothers Ray (Helen), Verner (Elva), Weldon (Tommy), Hubert ; sister Lillian (Jack) Almon and infant sister Kathleen.
Richard graduated from Markham High School in 1949 and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX before entering the US Air Force during the Korean War. Later Richard earned BBA and JD degrees from the University of Texas, Austin. He began his law career in the Arthur Harris Law Firm in Bay City, TX in 1959. Later he moved to Austin and practiced for the Texas Employment Commission, the State Securities Board, and then became an Assistant Attorney General under Waggoner Carr. In 1963, he moved to Alpine, TX serving as Brewster County Attorney for 21 years and also operating a private law practice from 1963-1991. In Alpine he was the Charter President of the Alpine Kiwanis Club, served on the Texas District and County Attorneys Board of Directors, was a member of American Legion Post 79, served as an Elder of First Presbyterian Church and served on the Board of Directors of Alpine Main Street and the Family Crisis Center of the Big Bend.
Richard married Janette Lawhon Cornett on June 3, 1967 and they settled in Alpine for 34 years where they raised their six children. They lived in Horseshoe Bay, TX for 10 years and in Houston for the past three years. They have found a lot of joy and happiness in their new church home, Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. Should you desire to make a donation in Richard's name, please4 do so the Caring Forever Foundation; Memorial Drive United Methodist Church; 12955 Memorial Drive; Houston, TX 77079; First United Methodist Church; 1101 Bluebonnet Drive; Marble Falls, TX 78654; First Presbyterian Church; 103 Lockhart Ave.; Alpine, TX 79830 or
. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net. Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. 979-245-4613.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on May 13, 2013