Willie A. Bowman
R.N. Horton Company Morticians
600 Kennedy St. NW
Washington, DC

On Wednesday, December 29, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Darlene T. Bowman; his mother, Hattie L. Bowman; five children, Willie, Jr. (Artie), Patrice, Carlene, Tiffany and Chakesha; four brothers, John, Randolph, Wendell and Robert; six grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Visitation Friday night, January 7, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Horton & Reese Funeral Chapel, 600 Kennedy St., NW. On Saturday, January 8, 2011, viewing at 9 a.m. until funeral time at 11 a.m. at Bright Light Baptist Church, 7300 New Hampshire Ave., Takoma Park, MD., Rev. Isaac Alston, Pastor. Interment George Washington Cemetery.

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I miss you like crazy...I need you so bad
Grand Parent
November 16, 2020
Wow! It's August 16, 2016 This has truly been a journey. I hate every minute of it but life goes on. I miss having you around no matter what I do, I miss the life we had its so very lonely without you. I would not wish this life on nobody. Rest on!
Mrs. Darlene Knight-Bowman
August 16, 2016
I really miss you Granddaddy. I really wish you were here to help me with advice and the talks we used to have. I'm still keeping my promise on trying to become Americas best male teacher. I love you always.
- Your Grandson Khyree(Khy-Khy)
Khyree Bowman-Jenifer
March 15, 2013
Granddaddy I really miss you and wish you were here to help me with your advice. I'm keeping my promise on trying to become the best teacher in America. I love you
Khyree Bowman- Jenifer (Grandson)
March 15, 2013
I miss you so much, I would not want you to feel this way.
February 10, 2012
I received a call last night 7/10/2011 from Ms. Darlene after she received a voice mail lefted on my friend and her husband cell phone wishing him a happy Birthday June 27th. Bratt and I did not talk that often but after meeting him when he working at BNA and finding out that our Birthday was on the same day. Every year we made it a point to touch base with each other just to say happy Birthday! My mother past away last year in June and was laid to rest 1 week before both of our Birthday last year. Bratt called me several time to see how I was doing or just to give me encouraging words. I would always remember him during the holiday season by sending the family a XMAS card and would always receive one back. I can only think now that I wished that we had made it a point to talk more. Because finding out that my friend was laid to rest 7 months ago and I didn't even know it, is definitely not a pleasant feeling. We can't know why some things happen...but we can know that love and beautiful memories outlast the pain of grief. And we can know that there's a place inside the heart where love lives always...and where nothing beautiful can ever be forgotten. If I've learned anything down through the years, it's that nothing beautiful in this world is ever really lost-Those we cherish will always live on in memory. With My Deepest Sympathy. Ms. Darlene thank you so much for calling me to let me know. Now I can stop calling his phone wondering why I didn't hear from Bratt this year on our Birthday,after leaving him a voice message on his cell phone saying Happy Birthday! this year.
Shirley Short-Lewis,
July 11, 2011
July 4, 2011
Belated Happy Birthday little brother. We all here miss you. Keep that good eye on me and the family. See you in about 60+ years. I got extra work to do now that you are not here!!!!!!
Eberhard G. Welch, Sr.
June 29, 2011
June 28, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bowman Family during your hour of breavement.
Gwen Lewis
February 3, 2011
Belatedly I would like to extend my sympathy to the Bowman family. My memories of Brett are that he was always an upbeat, fun-loving individual with an infectious smile(you chose a great picture). I hadn't seen much of him since the days of our youth but I still have fond memories of our No. 9 Boys Club days. My God bless the entire extendedd family. Take care of yourselves Reds and John.
Jimmy Ferguson
James Ferguson
January 16, 2011
Darlene & Family,

Peace of the Lord is with you.
January 8, 2011
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
David and Patrica Ross
January 8, 2011
May God Bless you and take great care of your family.
Lisa Harvey
January 7, 2011
To the Bowman and Horton Family,
May you be comforted by the love and prayers of family and friends during this time of bereavement. May the Grace and Peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ be with you always.

DHS Class of '68 Reunion Committee.
DHS '68
January 7, 2011
My deepest condolences are with you at this time of need. Know that god
feels your pain as well. Go to him in prayer and he will comfort you very
January 7, 2011
To the Bowman family, May the Lord wrap you in his arms at this time. Our blessing and prayers to the family
Berk and Christine Sojourner
January 7, 2011
To the Bowman Family,

On behalf the former Repete Courier Services, I extend my deepest condolences to the your family on the loss of the your husband, father, brother and friend. I had the distinct pleasure to have known Brett for over 25 years and to have worked with him at the BNA and other businesses. He will truly be missed. My God Bless you all.
Ernest (Repete) Peterson
January 7, 2011

Our prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.
Carolyn and James Carter
January 7, 2011
To the Bowman family - May your fond memories sustain you during this time. I know that I have many fond memories of Bratt from years ago in the dojo (when Artie was so small!) What a wonderful man and family. Our hearts go out to you.
Tracye & Micah Hernandez
January 6, 2011
May it be your consolation
In God's love to find
Strength and understanding
And comfort to your mind.
To the family, our prayers are with you and always in our minds and hearts. God Bless and Love. Marvarene and Malik (Lanham, MD)
Marvarene Carnegie
January 6, 2011
Our prayers and blessing go out to the Bowman family. It was a blessing knowing the Bowman family. Bratt will be missed.

- Antonio (Spike) and Sharon Hawkins
January 6, 2011
May it be your consolation
In God's love to find
Strength and understanding
And comfort to your mind
Our prayers are with you and yours. God Bless. Marvarene and Malik (Lanham, MD)
Marvarene Carnegie
January 6, 2011
Brett will truly be missed by us all but family know that he is with the Lord. I will always remember hours of laughter with him. Love always Tywannda
Tywannda Blount
January 6, 2011
Brett will truly be missed. I will always remember hours of laughter when we were together cousin. Family know that if ever I can do anything for you I am here... Love Tywannda
Tywannda Blount
January 6, 2011
Ms. Bowman sorry for the loss of your son, may God bless you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers.
Loraine Cousins
January 5, 2011
We were so saddened by the news of your loss. We hope that memories of your loved one provide comfort and joy during your time of sorrow. God Bless.
The Cardwell Family (Saint Ann's)
January 5, 2011
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
We send you thoughts of comfort.

Peace, Prayers and Blessings,
Franice & Zachary, St. Ann's Academy
January 5, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was an honor to have know Bowman. May God continue to bless you and your family.
Greg, Donna, David, Cameron and Wiggie
January 5, 2011
May God bless you and your family
Carlyle Robinson
January 5, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 5, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
David Ross
January 5, 2011
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010
vivian welch
January 4, 2011
My deepest sympathies to Darlene Bowman and family. It was 19 years ago that I met Bratt, Artie and you. One of the greatest things to happen to me. I never would guess that I would adopt a new family. Thank you Bratt for the good times. Your singing, kindness, attitude and great spirit will be miss but never forgotten. May God continue to bless your family.

God Bless you,

Eberhard Greene Welch, Sr.
Kyoshi, Hachidan
Welch's Okinawan Karate-Do
Eberhard Welch, Sr.
January 4, 2011
Sensei Bowman will forever be an influence in my life. I had a joy training with him. He had a kind and loving heart and all of us will truly miss him. My sincerest condolences and love go out to the Bowman family.
Dawn Nix
January 4, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Barbara A Terry
January 4, 2011
I send my deepest sympathies to the entire Bowman family for their great loss. Sensei Bowman was a gentleman of the first order and an accomplished martial artist. His attitude and good humor were infectious and brought out the very best in those karate students entrusted to his care. In every dojo there is a special person who is always remembered for his effort, kindness, and desire to help others - in Kyoshi Welch's dojo that person was "Brat" Bowman. May he rest in peace in the presence of the Lord.


Bill Hayes
Major, USMC (Ret.)
Director, Shobayashi-Kan
January 4, 2011
My prayers are with you and with you and your family during this most difficult time.

The Willis Family (K.J.)
January 4, 2011
Sensei Bowman will always remain in my heart and mind. A great guy and an even better friend and mentor.

Artie, you were blessed to have such a father to guide you into manhood. I know that he is very proud of the fine young man you grew up to be.

May God bless all of the Bowman family for ever.
Brian Bulow
January 4, 2011
My prayers are with you and your family! I miss you so much Mr Bowman Im so happy that I was blessed to see you one last time before you went home! I will always love you and you will always have a piece of my heart! I love you!
Britanni Ford
January 4, 2011
Darlene and family,

My prayers are with you guys.

I can remember when you and Bratt first met. He thought the world of you and you the same. Through out the years those feelings never changed. Cherish all the memories, I know that will put a smile on your face. Be blessed that God put him in your life and he became your friend/husband. You all were able to spend some wonderful years together.

I have open arms to you and the family. I'm just a phone call away.

You know Bratt was my brother from another mother. I love both of you.

Be assured that he is resting at peace with the Lord.

RIP my brother/friend job well done...
Freda Clark
January 3, 2011

We extend our deepest sympathy and pray that God will be with you to comfort you. Be assured that your father is at peace in his new home.
Richard Wilson
January 3, 2011
Darlene and the family of Brat. My prayers are with you now at this difficult time. I Know that God with comfort you all and give you peace within. Always look to the Lord.

Love and Blessings
Darlene Smith
January 3, 2011
Dear Cousin,

There are no words to
relieve the depth of pain
and grief that the death
of a husband brings.
My heartfelt thoughts and
prayers go out to you.

May you gain strength
and understanding as his
light continues to shine
through you and your family.
Jackie & Joyce Cooper, Jr. (Hansberry)
January 3, 2011
It's never an easy time, when we lose someone we love.
Our hearts are heavy, we are filled with grief,
Sometimes it seems, there is no relief.
But God in His infinite power,whispers softly in our ear,
That He is our sustainer and He will wipe away each tear.

Lois, Vickie & Lamont Bowman
January 2, 2011
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