James Otis Bowman
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Funeral services for James Otis Bowman, 93, of Archibald, LA will be held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Archibald with Rev. Otis Lynn Bowman and Rev. John Cleveland officiating. Burial will follow in the Lynn Cemetery, Archibald under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home, Rayville.
Mr. Otis was born June 27, 1919 in Mangham, LA and passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013 in Rayville, LA.
Mr. Bowman served in the Army from 1940-1945 stationed in the Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. He witnessed the attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor.
He returned to Richland Parish and lived there the rest of his life. He worked in the construction business, finishing many cement slabs for many homes in this parish and surrounding parishes.
He was a friend to many and never forgot them. He loved to share his vegetables that he grew even growing a garden while living at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Archibald, attending as long as his health permitted. Many of his friends, also being members, were his support group and regular visitors.
Mr. Otis is preceded in death by his wife, Frances Tower Bowman; parents, James and Minnie Bowman; brothers, Buford Bowman and William Bowman; sisters, Oretus Thames and Edna Bowman; grandson, Jay Mercer.
Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn Mercer and husband, Claude of Rayville; granddaughter, Jan Minyard and husband, Billy of Denham Springs, LA; great grandchildren, Jessica DeWitt of Denham Springs, LA, Jordan DeWitt and wife, Clarissa of Denham Springs, LA, and Timothy Grissom and wife, Haley of Rayville; brother, Charles Bowman and wife, Ruby of Delhi; sisters-in-law, Virginia Bowman of Mangham and Vera Bowman of Crockett, TX; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jordon DeWitt, Timothy Grissom, Tucker Reeves, Terry Gwin, Joe Bowman, and Robert Bowman
Honorary pallbearers are Tom Hill, Bobby Cheek, Jesse Gwin, Rob Landry, Albert Wynn, and Jim Smith.
The family wishes to thank all the workers at Colonial Manor Nursing Home for the excellent care and the love that was shown to Otis during his stay there. Also, thanks to Gamble Hospice for their compassionate care.
Visitation is 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Tuesday, April 30th at the First Baptist Church in Archibald.
To leave condolences for the family go to brownholleyfuneralhomes.
Brown-Holley Funeral Home
Brown-Holley Funeral Home Llc
603 Francis St Rayville, LA 71269
Published in The News Star on Apr. 30, 2013