James "Jim" Bowman, 63, of Washington C.H., departed this world Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jim was born Aug. 26, 1950, in Hillsboro to James and Gladys (Stout) Bowman.
He was a 1968 graduate of Whiteoak High School, Mowrystown and received his bachelor's and master's in education degrees from the University of Cincinnati and post graduate studies at Ohio State University. He was a teacher and a guidance counselor for 35 years. During his career he was employed by the Ohio Valley, Bright Local and Blanchester school districts, and the Laurel Oaks campus of the Great Oaks Career and Technology Center. He had worked as an adjunct professor for the University of Dayton and Wright State University. He was also involved with Habitat for Humanity, Gideon's International, and the Emmaus Ministry.
Jim loved music and worked with church and community choirs at the Winchester CCCU and Heritage Memorial Church. He gave 25 years to working with teens at church camps, retreats, and as a youth leader. He loved singing with the Heritage Worship Team, solos, duets, and with children. He served in many positions at Heritage Memorial Church, but another love was for the Hospitality Ministry. Jim never met a stranger and made all feel welcomed and loved at Heritage.
He was preceded in death by both his parents, Gladys and James Bowman; and a nephew, Stephen Tomlin.
Jim is survived by his wife, Connie (Bailey) Bowman, whom he married July 1, 1978.
Also surviving are sisters, Kathy (the Rev. Lee) Stanley, Karen Tomlin and Lois (Mark) Taylor; one brother, Keith Bowman; nephews, Brian Tomlin, Aaron (Chera) Duvall, Andrew (Lillian) Miller and Stephen Miller; nieces, Julie (Brad) Aleshire, Jennifer (David) West, Heather Jo Duvall and Patricia Miller; along with several great-nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Visitation will be held at Heritage Memorial Church, 1867 Old U.S. Hwy 35 NW, Washington C.H. from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, June 8. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 9 at the church with the Rev. Joseph Duvall and the Rev. Bruce Morrison officiating. The interment service will be held Monday at the Sugar Tree Ridge Cemetery on SR 136, Highland County, at 4 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the James R. and Connie L. Bowman Scholarship Fund, Ohio Christian University, 1476 Lancaster Pike, Circleville, Ohio 43113.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Summers Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent at www.summersfuneralhome.com.