Sam Angus Bowman joined his Lord & Savior on January 23, 2021, in Georgetown, Texas due to Coronavirus Pneumonia.
He leaves a wife of 4 years, Susan Howard Bowman; his sons: Rusty Bowman and wife, Deborah, Randy Lynn Bowman, David Howard Bowman and wife, Kristen, Robert Hugh Bowman, and Richard Wayne Bowman; stepson Ned Bennett Prestridge; stepdaughter Sophie Lorraine Martin; grandchildren: Zachary Andrew Bowman, Payton Catherine Bowman, Chase William Bowman, Mandi Lynn Bowman, Lane Bennett Prestridge, Molly Elizabeth Martin, Katie Jane Martin, and Hope Elise Martin.
Sam is preceded in death by his parents, William Howard Bowman, Nannie Kate Bowman; his second wife Catherine Margaret Cockerell.
Sam was born in Mason, Texas on January 27, 1939. He was an only child. He went to grade school in Liberty Hill, Allen, Kerrville, and Austin. He played in the Little League World Series & Babe Ruth World Series. He attended Baker Jr High and McCallum HS in Austin, where he was all-state in both baseball and football.
He joined the Marine Reserves as a Freshman in school by lying about his age. The day prior to graduation he left for active duty where he served for three years, the last 15 months as a drill instructor. He served 14 years in the Reserves.
Sam was offered a full football scholarship to Baylor upon graduation. Once out of the military, he went to Navarro/Allen Academy Junior college for one semester on a sports scholarship. He tried semi-pro baseball, then spring training with the Baltimore Orioles.
In 1960, Sam married Bobbie Reaves, and they had their first son. He obtained a BBA and MBA in Banking & Finance from SMU by attending night school. He also graduated from Southwest Graduate School of Banking. At age 23 he was a CEO at a small bank in Euless, Texas.
By 1967 he moved to Houston. By age 29 he started his own national bank. He owned over 20 businesses in industries such as candle manufacturing, dry cleaning, trailer manufacturing, tree trimming, restaurants, biotechnology, financial services, and Residential Developer. He founded NW Academy, a private school in Houston.
As a result of stress brought on by owning and operating multiple businesses, his father's passing from Paget's Disease as well as his wife being diagnosed with Cancer, Sam required his first of three open heart surgeries. His health forced him to sell his bank and numerous businesses, but he retained and operated 5 retail stores. In 1976, his second wife, Cakey, succumbed to cancer, after a 6-year battle, leaving him alone to raise 3 sons, with age 6 being the youngest. The Pipe Pub, and later The Perfect Gift, eventually grew to over 40 stores in Texas & Louisiana.
Sam was forced to slow down due to his heart which meant instead of jogging he switched to competitive power walking 5-6 miles a day. By 2010 Sam had his second open heart surgery. And then in 2014 his third open heart surgery.
Sam accepted Christ as his Savior at Oaks Christian Church in 1974 after watching the inner peace that his sick wife displayed. He became Chairman of the Board of that church. Sam was a deacon, SS teacher, worship leader, at both 2nd Baptist Church and Tallowood Baptist in Houston, for many years.
He was a director for numerous organizations, including the chamber of commerce, Christian Businessmen's Committee, Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, Tallowood Townhome HOA, Sertoma and many others.
His final occupation was as a consultant and wholesaler for 16 years in Texas prior to his retirement in 2016. He married Susan Howard Rose in December 2016. He finally retired and moved back home to the area, living in Sun City, Georgetown.
Retirement did not mean slowing down. He was active in his local church, the HOA, Mended Hearts, etc. Sam & Susan traveled all over Texas, Vermont, Arkansas, Washington, and Alaska, as well as Canada. He cherished regular monthly gatherings with his high school and baseball friends in Austin. He went to reunions. He regularly spoke giving his testimony. Sam never met a stranger. He touched the hearts of everyone he ever met. God gained an angel when Sam left us.
In lieu of flower donations can be made to the American Heart Association
Sam will be cremated with his ashes spread by family. A celebration of life will be held later in 2021 once his wife Susan recovers from Covid.
Tributes, words of condolence, may be left for the family on Sam's Guestbook at www.ramseyfuneral.com