Jack Bowers

Richard Jack Bowers

Jack Bowers, age 82 of Humboldt, died at home on January 29, 2014 after a year's battle with melanoma cancer.

Visitation will begin at 12 Noon on Tuesday, February 4, with funeral services following at 2 p.m., at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Humboldt. Rev. Herb Adams will officiate and burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Jack Bowers was born in Somerville, the only child of Richard Jackson Bowers and Edith Belcher Bowers. His family moved to Jackson when he was six years old.

Jack enjoyed a distinguished football career beginning at Jackson High School where he lettered for four years. He was co-captain of the championship 1948 Golden Bears, which played in the Exchange Bowl. In 1949, he earned all-state honors and was named the team's most valuable player. "Pound-for-pound" he was considered one of the school's greatest players. In 1996, he was inducted into the Jackson-Madison County Sports Hall of Fame.

Jack joined a group of Tennesseans who went to the University of Wyoming to play football for Coach Bowden Wyatt. He lettered for all four years and was a member of the 1950 Skyline Conference champions, which defeated Washington & Lee University in the Gator Bowl. In 1994, the entire team was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

Jack served our country as a Lieutenant in the US Army from 1953 to 1955. Following his military service, his family moved back to Jackson and later to Memphis, where he joined the brokerage firm Merrill Lynch. He worked there for 37 years as an account executive.

His many awards at Merrill Lynch included being named a partner in 1966 and being a multi-year member of the Chairman's Club, the highest level of ML's national sales force. Jack's philosophy in business was that "the customer's interest must always come first, and I work very hard at helping people with their various investment needs." He was named manager of Merrill's Jackson office when it first opened in 1984 and continued his business career until his retirement in 2001. He was also a member of United Way and the Rotary Club.

Jack's hobbies include golf, fishing, reading and travel. Two of Jack and Judy's favorite destinations were Key West and New York City.

Serving as Active Pallbearers are Brad Biggs, Rob Cook, Peter Howard, Clay Jones, Ted Murray Jones, Mike Kee, Brad Tunnell and Gary West. Honorary Pallbearers include special friends, Uncle Billy's Breakfast Club and The Senator's Coffee Group.

Jack is survived by his wife of 27 years, Judy; his three children, Jack (Karin), Cindy (Rob) and Joe (Sherrie); eight grandchildren and one great-grandson; and Judy's children, Ted, Clay (Shelby) and Julie (Brad) and seven grandchildren.

The Bowers family sincerely appreciates the prayers and kindness of Jack's many friends. He was blessed with a long and happy life, rich friendships and a loving way for which his family will always be grateful.

Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, (731) 668-1111; www.arringtonfuneralgroup.com

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Arrington Funeral Directors
148 West University Parkway Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 668-1111

Published in The Jackson Sun from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2014