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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.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Aug. 19, 2014.
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July 31, 2015
My memories of Dr. Bowie go back to my high school days at Famcee High. He was the most outstanding musician and continues to play in God's Symphony.

William P. Foster, Jr
William Foster,Jr
August 26, 2014
Dr. Leonard was a wonderful person, he will be missed.
August 21, 2014
My deepest condolences! Dr. Bowie was a dear mentor and taught me more than just music! I will miss him dearly! Prayers for his entire family!
Don Isabelle
August 21, 2014
Love and comfort in your time of grief to the Bowie Family. Leonard was a dear friend for many years and will be sincerely missed.
Jimmie Johnson
August 20, 2014
Patsy, Patrice, and Patrick, I'm sorry for the loss of your dad.He was a good man.He enjoyed playing his trumpet. I remember when I was a little girl me and my brother Fred always use to go swimming his pool but, of course everybody use to laugh at me because I was afraid to swim. I'm truly going to miss Mr. Bowie but, God have him and my dad both. I just want to say well done!
August 19, 2014
Your love one is gone, but he will forever live in your hearts. I'm praying that God will grant you and your family peace and comfort.

August 19, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Juanita Jefferson Cook
August 19, 2014
We will all miss you here at the Northeast Florida Conservatory. You were an inspiration to us all. We truly loved having you come to play and share your knowledge with the community concert band. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Sheri Lung
August 19, 2014
Just a great person. If the world had more people like him, boywwhat a wonder world it would be.love and peace.
robert lucas
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