James Warren Bowman

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James Warren Bowman LUBBOCK-James Warren Jim Bowman, 85, of Lubbock, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Lubbock. A memorial service will be held for him at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Lake Ridge Chapel, 6025 82nd St., Lubbock, with the Rev. Ryon Price officiating. The family will receive visitors after the service. To view Jim's tribute page visit www.memorialdesigners.net. Jim was born April 10, 1928, in Paducah, Texas, to Charles Edwin Bowman and Aulena Jeannette Jean Banks Bowman. Jim's father was a grocer, and the family moved several times for his father's job. They lived in Oklahoma City and Corpus Christi before moving to Lubbock when Jim was in high school. Jim graduated from Lubbock High School in 1946. He always loved history and political science, and he graduated from Texas Technological College in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in government with a minor in history. While a student at Texas Tech, he was on the debate team and served as chief justice of the Supreme Court for the Student Government Association. After college, Jim attended law school at the University of Texas, where he was a member of the Law Review. He graduated in May 1953. Immediately after law school, Jim received a commission in the United States Army JAG Corps. After basic training, he moved to Virginia, where he was a JAG for two years at Fort Belvoir. After completing his active duty, he remained in the U.S. Army Reserves for 23 years, retiring as a colonel. Jim returned to Lubbock, where he began practicing law with close friend Roderick L. Shaw. The two remained law partners until Rod became Lubbock County judge. Jim continued to practice law until the age of 80. For 20 years, he also taught political science classes part-time at Texas Tech. He was an avid Red Raider and enjoyed attending football and basketball games for many years. However, the most important thing in Jim's life was his family. He married Imogene Fortenberry Aug. 25, 1961, in Lubbock. The two enjoyed many years of travel all over the world and the United States. They also took family vacations with their daughters. One particular favorite travel activity of Jim's was visiting Civil War battlefields and museums on these trips. Jim also was active in the Greater Lubbock Rotary Club for many years, serving as president at one time and being named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of Second Baptist Church for more than 50 years. Jim taught and attended many Bible study classes there. He is survived by his wife, Imogene; two daughters, Jean Ann Cantore and husband Dan, and Judy Coats; and one granddaughter, Sara Coats and fianc Christopher Rogers; as well as brothers- and sisters-in-law; cousins; and nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Texas Tech Alumni Association or .


Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Feb. 12, 2014
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