James Bowen III
1943 - 2019
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LINCOLNTON - James Thomas Bowen, III, age 76, of Julia Drive in Lincolnton, died peacefully at his home on Sunday, July 7, 2019.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, July 12th, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Danny Trapp officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service at the church beginning at 12:15.

Tom was born January 24, 1943, in Lincoln County, to the late J.T. Bowen Jr., and Helen Arrowood Bowen.

In addition to his parents, he was also proceeded in death by a brother, Gary Bowen; and a nephew, Scott Bowen.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Kiser Bowen of the home, two daughters, Jacqueline "J.J." Bowen, and husband Jason, of Concord, and Courtnay Robinson, and husband Joshua, of Gastonia; a brother, Ron Bowen, and wife Wanda, of Dallas, a sister, Shaye Rhodes, and husband Robert, of Sherrills Ford; and three grandchildren, Sara Downs, Gabriel Robinson and Lincoln Robinson.

Tom was a devoted husband for 54 years and a loving father and grandfather to his children. He was a long-standing pillar in the community, serving as district court judge in Lincoln and Cleveland counties for 20 years.

In addition to his devotion to law and justice, he supported his community as an assistant district attorney, Sunshine Rotary Club Member, President of the Lincoln County Country Club, Elder of First Presbyterian Church and member of leadership boards for Gardner Webb University and UNC Charlotte (as a member of the first graduating class of UNCC, he was a faithful alumni and one of their biggest fans). Tom will be remembered for his calm demeanor and fairness as well as being a devoted Christian, loyal friend, avid golfer and for his love of the Democratic Party.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 114 W. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Bowen family.

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Published in Gaston Gazette on Jul. 11, 2019.
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July 12, 2019
Our prayers go out to all the family. Tom was a great guy and a wonderful brother-in-law. Love you all.
Betty Maddox
July 12, 2019
Betty Maddox
July 11, 2019
Although it's been a very long time ago, there was a time that I saw Tom on a regular basis in and around the Gaston Courthouse. I also went to his house in Gastonia to listen to his sister's record and later sat in with the band one time on bass guitar. Tom was a guy that I thought highly of. My condolences.
Oren Hudson
July 10, 2019
To the Bowen Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Judge Bowen was one of the nicest gentlemen that I have ever met. He was very fair in the courtroom and was well respected by everyone. God bless each of you.
Jo Sigmon Crews
July 9, 2019
My heart is so heavy. I had the pleasure of working with Tom over the past nearly 40 years, both in the courtroom and as his secretary when he went back into private practice. He was the kindest, most genuine person I know. Sue, J.J. and Courtnay, if you knew Tom, you knew his family through him. He cherished each of you and his wonderful grandchildren. You all were number one to him, after his Lord. I pray for God's comforting hand to bring you His peace in the days ahead. I just know he's in heaven playing his first 18 holes!
Brenda Cook
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