Fred Davis Bowman (1926 - 2011)

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Fred Davis Bowman, 85, of Timberville, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2011.

He was born January 18, 1926 in Timberville and was the second son of the late HaIler M. and Rachel Grim Bowman. Fred was one of thirteen children.

Fred graduated from Timberville High School and Coyne Electrical School in Chicago Illinois. Fred was a Navy veteran during W.W.II. He served on the USS Arkansas in the Pacific. He was co-owner of Bowman-Price Electric Company prior to owning his own business, Bowman Electric Company. Fred worked for the Rockingham County Schools and retired after 18 years of service.
Fred has been active in the community. He was a Cub Scout master, a 20-year former member and past president of the Timberville Lions Club, he served ten years on the Timberville Town Council and Town Mayor for two years. Mr. Bowman was a member of the Timberville Church of the Brethren. He attended Conicville United Church of Christ for over 25 years in which time he was superintendent of the church and teacher of Sunday school classes.

Fred has been a Mason for over 50 years. He was past master of the Mount Jackson Masonic Lodge 103 and was a District Instructor of Work for 20 years. Fred has conducted over 180 Masonic District Schools, innumerable private lessons and degree lectures throughout the district. He has conducted many Masonic Funerals, evening memorials and graveside services. There has been a Masonic school and library named in his honor. Additionally, Fred was the past president of the Valley Shrine Club and served as the Worthy Patron of the Mount Jackson Eastern star for five years.

On June 4, 1949, Fred married the former Mildred Mae Baker of Conicville who survives him. Other survivors, one son and daughter-in law, David Haller and Wendy Peer Bowman of Timberville; one daughter, Mary Ann Bowman of Vienna ; two granddaughters, Morgan Laurel and Emily Anne Bowman; two brothers, Don Bowman of Pensacola, FL and Noel Bowman of Mount Jackson; and three sisters, Anna Clare Dollins, of Alexandria, Linda Lee of Woodier CA, and Roberta Turner of Fort Collins, CO. Many beloved friends also survive Fred.

Reverend Bernard Fusca will conduct a memorial service on 2:00 PM Sunday at the Timberville Brethren Church. Burial will be in the Timberville cemetery. The casket will be closed at the church.

The family will receive friends from 6:30–8:00 PM Saturday at the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway, along with a Masonic service starting at 6:30.

Memorial contributions in Fred's memory may be made to the Crippled Children's Hospital, 2924 Brook Rd., Richmond, VA 23220.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2011
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