The Rev. George William Bowman III, 89, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.
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He was born on Feb.12, 1925 ,in Franklin County, Va., to the Rev. George William Bowman Jr. and Francis Wray Bowman.
The Rev. Bowman received his business degree from National Business College; a B.A. from the University of Richmond; B.D. from Union Theological Seminary; and ThM. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He was the pastor of several Virginia churches prior to beginning work as chaplain and pastoral counselor at Wake Forest University Medical Center (N.C. Baptist Hospital). He joined the staff of pastoral care at the hospital in February 1966 and was director of hospital ministries. While there he was fondly referred to as the dean of Davis Chapel. He was also the interim pastor at Farmington (N.C.) Baptist Church.
He will always be remembered as the founder and first president of Hospice of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County. Throughout his career he was on several associations, including the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Certified Chaplain Supervisor; Fellow, College of Chaplains, APHA, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Mid-Atlantic Region: treasurer and member of research, certification, and accreditation committees; was a member of Chaplains Council of Pilot Mountain Baptist Associates; Clinical Practices Committee of the Medical Center; member, Committee on Baptist Affiliation at Knollwood Baptist Church.
George was a three-term Deacon at Knollwood Baptist Church and a choir member. He was the founding member of the Knollwood Baptist Church Coffeehouse Youth Ministry and a dedicated volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Winston-Salem Soup Kitchen.
The Rev. Bowman is the author of Sermons for the Junior Congregation, Literary Licensing, LLC; 1968; The Dynamics of Confession, Richmond: John Knox Press, 1967; and Dying, Grieving, Faith & Family, Routledge, 1998.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Betty Waddell Bowman of the home; two sons, Greg Bowman (Kathy) of Augusta, Ga., and Chris Bowman of Raleigh, N.C.; one daughter, Karen Duetsch (Dave) of Richmond, Va.; grandson, Michael Duetsch of Richmond, Va.; stepdaughter, Holly Marchisello (Tom) of Chocowinity, N.C.; stepson, Bryan Waddell (Laura) of North Beach, Md.; and two step-grandchildren: Jordan Waddell and Harrison Waddell of Bald Head Island, N.C.; brother, Jon Bowman (Jewell) of King, N.C.; two sisters: Virginia Barr (Cameron) of Woodstock, Va., and Charlotte Cunningham of Verona, N.J.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at Knollwood Baptist Church. The family will visit with friends after the service.
Memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House at 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103; Department of Pastoral Care, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27157; or Knollwood Baptist Church, 330 Knollwood St., Winston-Salem, N.C.
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.
Published in Galax Gazette from Aug. 8 to Aug. 10, 2014