James Bowen Jr.
1942 - 2021
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James Bowen Jr.

Shelby, North Caroline - James A. Bowen, Jr. passed away in Shelby, North Carolina on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from COVID. Jim was born on September 6, 1942 in Alexandria, Louisiana to James A. Bowen, Sr. and Mandalou Gay Bowen of Colfax, Louisiana. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2201 Airline Drive, Bossier City, Louisiana. Father Pike Thomas will be the Celebrant. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time and interment will follow the service at Rose-Neath Cemetery, 5185 Swan Lake Road, Bossier City, Louisiana.

Jim graduated from Colfax High School in 1960 and Northwestern State College in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 1965. After graduation Jim joined the United States Air Force and was a pilot in a KC135 for 22 years. During his career he was awarded the "Distinguished Flying Cross". Upon retiring from the Air Force he went to work for the Louisiana Association for the Blind in Shreveport, Louisiana. He became the President/CEO of the company before retiring after 22 years in 2008. During retirement, Jim enjoyed playing golf, which was his passion.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, James and Mandalou Bowen and his son, Trey Bowen. He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth of 55 years; daughter, Jennifer DeArment and husband, Mike; sister, Dianna Sorrells and husband, Mike; nephews, Paul and Bowen Sorrells and grandchildren, Claudia, Clay, Caroline, Clara DeArment.

Jim was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He will most be remembered by his sense of humor, laughter and joy!

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials may be made to St. Jude Catholic Church Building Fund, 4700 Palmetto Rd, Benton, LA 71006, to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516 or to Louisiana Association for the Blind, https://www.lablind.com/donate.php.

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Published in Shreveport Times from Jan. 13 to Jan. 17, 2021.
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January 22, 2021
Jim was a really fine person. I got to know him during the time that I was on the LAB Board when Jim was the CEO. He was a real good manager and always treated everyone fairly. He will certainly be missed.
Wes Attaway
January 20, 2021
Jimmy never met a stranger. He never seemed to be at a loss for words. His smiles and laughter were contagious. He listened to what you had to say and gave good advice if you asked for it. He loved his country and served it well. Family was everything. My heart is sad. I will surely miss him.
Suzanne LaCour
January 18, 2021
I was sorry to hear about Jim's passing away. My sympathy to the family.
Irene Heffern
January 16, 2021
Liz, prayers for you and the family. I know you have many memories to hold onto. Keep them in your heart and he will always be with you.
Ron and Sandra Remedies
sandra remecies
January 15, 2021
Elizabeth, I was sadden to learn of the death of Jim.
Please know our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
linda BREWER talbert
January 14, 2021
The Final Salute

“Brothers and Sisters-in-Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to James A. Bowden, Jr. our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for James. To James it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Vietnam War while serving as a Tanker Pilot in the U.S. Air Force. James, we commend you for your honorable military service. You are a true patriot, who served your nation and your community with honor and distinction. You upheld the finest qualities of an American patriot warrior: courage, commitment, generosity, sacrifice, love and devotion to family and country. You were a true friend. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. GOD Bless you. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion, the VFW Comrades of Post 4588 and the Disabled Veterans of DAV Chapter 30 in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to James’ family and loved ones.

Brent Ebbesson, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

Ron Delaney, Commander, VFW Post 4588
1004 Jeter Street, Bossier City, LA 71111

Johnny Welch, Commander DAV, Chpt 30
7012 Suntan St. Shreveport, LA 71108
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
Carroll R. Michaud
Served In Military Together
January 13, 2021
I an so sorry to read about Col Bowen passing. Virginia and I will not be able to attend the service but be assure he will be in our prays.

Larry and Virginia Williams
Larry Wi8lliams
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