Otha James Bowman Sr. NORFOLK - Otha James "Oatmeal" Bowman Sr., born in Norfolk on May 31, 1945 passed June 25, 2011 at Sentara Leigh Hospital. Otha was predeceased by his parents, Odell Bowman and Phyllis Bailey Bowman. Otha was a member of St. Mark UCC, and he faithfully attended Faith Deliverance Christian Center. He was employed with NORSHIPCO until his retirement. Otha leaves two daughters, Deneen and Keda Bowman; two sons, Otha Jr. and Kenneth Bowman; two brothers, Norman (Helena) and George Bowman (Ramona); four sisters, Evangelist Odessa Combs, Margaret Collins (Randy), and Jacqueline Tankerson all of Norfolk and Barbara Wilson of California; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; a former wife, Barbara Williams and a host of friends. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 2, at St. Mark UCC. Interment will follow at Roosevelt Memorial Park. Viewing will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home, Chesapeake. You may offer condolences to the family at www.pretlowandsons. com.
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Published in The Virginian Pilot on June 30, 2011