Lee Bowers

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Mr. Lee Shuman Bowers - ESTILL, SC - Mr. Lee Shuman Bowers, affectionately known as Lebo of Estill, South Carolina, born April 9, 1947, to Kimmie Smith Bowers and Mary Virginia Shuman Bowers, of Estill, passed away after a brief illness on November 25, 2012 at MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Lawrence Bowers of forty-one years; two daughters; Lindsey Bowers Andrews and Laurie Shuman Bowers; one son, Kimmie Lane Bowers; and two grandchildren: Addie and Will Andrews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Roslyn Bowers McGee of Richmond, Virginia and Miriam Bowers of Estill, South Carolina and his brother, Karl Smith Bowers of Columbia, South Carolina. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Susan D. Bowers (wife of the late Karl S. Bowers) of Columbia, South Carolina; nephews Karl S. Bowers, Jr. (wife Julie) of Columbia, South Carolina; Timothy B. Bowers (wife Keri) of Johns Island, South Carolina; and Kelvin Neal Bowers (wife Michelle) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is also survived by a niece, Karen McGee Smith, and a number of great-nieces and nephews. Lee was a 1965 graduate of Estill High School, the University of South Carolina in 1968, and graduated from the University School of Law in 1971. Thereafter, he returned to his hometown of Estill, and established his own law practice, now known as Bowers & Siren, Attorneys at Law. There he served the local community and the people he cared about. Lee knew no racial bounds and was as at home at an African-American function or funeral as he was at a Caucasian function, as evidenced by his friendship and devotion to his beloved James Arthur Simmons, who lived with the Bowers family as Lee's brother and ate every meal and observed every holiday or important event with the Bowers Family as a member of that family. Like his father and brother before him, he served as magistrate in Hampton County from March 1974 until January 1980. Lee served on Hampton County Council from January 5, 1987 until January 2, 2007, wherein he served as County Council Chairman from January 5, 1987, until January 6, 2003. He was named Council Member Emeritus for his twenty years of faithful service in 2007. During his tenure, he was instrumental in facilitating Hampton County-Wide Rural Fire Protection, the implementation of the Multi-County Industrial Park, planning for restoration of the Hampton County Courthouse, the Federal Prison in Estill, and the placement of the Christian Scientist Worldwide Tower in Hampton County. He also served as Legal Advisor for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Lee was a Senior Warden at Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church, an active member of the local Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Historic Preservation Society of Estill wherein he was actively involved in the restoration of the Bull Durham Building, worked to preserve the water tower as an Estill landmark, and the restoration of the old jail which was saved, moved to its current location in downtown Estill and it is now a working part of the Hampton County Museum. As those who knew Lee Bowers well, they know he cared deeply for family and friends, about farmland, timber, ecology, conservation, the incomparable May River, and his love of Mexico and the Mexican people, six of whom he brought to his home over the years as exchange students to study in America, learn the English language, and receive education and exposure to our culture, as he and his family learned, received, and appreciated exposure to theirs. It was said that Lee Bowers did a lot for many people that many people did not know about. Visitation will be held at Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, 300 Mulberry Street West, Hampton, South Carolina on Wednesday evening, November 28, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Nixville Baptist Church, 3915 Two Sister's Ferry Road, Estill, South Carolina 29918, with a private burial. Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home Savannah Morning News November 28, 2012 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
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Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home
300 Mulberry Street Hampton, SC 29924
803-943-3352
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Published in Savannah Morning News on Nov. 28, 2012
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