Dr. Leonard C. Bowie
Dr. Leonard C. Bowie, 77, of Jacksonville, FL passed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. He was born on May 6, 1937 in Big Sandy, TX to the late Jim & Ula Mae Brown. Dr. Bowie was an honor graduate of Florida A & M University. He also held a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, New York City, a Master of Musical Arts and Doctoral of Musical Arts from Yale University, New Haven, CT. Dr. Bowie was a twenty-four years tenure Associate Professor of Music (retired) with the University of North Florida. During his tenure, he severed as the Founding Director of Bands & Instrumental Music, Classical Trumpet Teacher, Music Department Chairman and Founder-Director of the African American Music Program. He also served as Associate Director of Bands and Chairman of Instrumental Music for twenty-two years at his alma mater, Florida A & M University, and enriched the music programs of Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, FL and Albany State University, Albany, GA, as an Instructor of Music Theory and Applied Trumpet, respectively.
He was preceded in death by the "love of his life, Mrs. Audrey Wilson Bowie, Jacksonville, FL; brothers, C.G. & Morris Bowie and sister-in-laws, Barbara & Jean Bowie. Dr. Bowie is survived by daughters, Patsy LeNelle Bowie-Bivens, Tallahassee, FL, Patrice LeNette Bowie, Jacksonville, FL; son, Rev. Patrick LeNard Bowie; daughter-in-law, Shirley Mason Bowie, Albany, GA; former wife, friend & mother of his children, Patricia J. Bowie, Tallahassee, FL; sisters, Gladys Bowie Young, Forth Worth, TX, Rev. Dr. Joyce Bowie Guillory, Atlanta, GA; brothers, Jimmie Bowie, Austin, TX, Bobby Bowie, Tyler, TX; grandchildren, Patrick Bowie, Jr., Michael Bivens, Airman First Class Craig Williams, Jr., Kimyata Harrison, Tofayo Mason, LaKesia Jenkins, Christine Willis; brother & sister-in laws, Adlean M. Bowie, Charles & Geraldine Taylor, Barbara Terrell, Albert & Betty Wilson, Clyde & Ann Wilson, Rose Wilson; beloved nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren; a host of relatives and dear friends.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist St., Jacksonville, FL, Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr., Senior Pastor & Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr., Pastor Emeritus. The late Dr. Bowie will rest in the mortuary for visitation of friends on Wednesday, August 20th, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and in the church on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until hour of service. Interment will be in Edgewood Cemetery by the EASTSIDE CHAPEL of MARION GRAHAM MORTUARIES, 900 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 19, 2014.