Age 97, of Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, DE, passed away peacefully at Seasons Hospice on Monday, November 13, 2017.
Born in Louisville, KY, Wesley was the son of the late John and Clementine (Robinson) Bowman. He grew up in New Orleans and then, as a teen, worked his father’s farm in Northwest Georgia. He served his country proudly in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Afterward, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at Tulane University. He met Mary D. Leavell at the St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in 1949 and took her across the street to the K&B Drug Store for a coke. They were married there (the church, not the drug store) 11 months later! For 32 years, he was Business and Personal Manager for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, retiring in 1989. Wesley taught the men’s Sunday School Class and served as a deacon at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Alexandria, LA, where they cherished their church family. Wesley was an active member of the Rotary Club. When Mary D. became critically ill in 1989, they moved to Georgia to be close to daughters and doctors. He was then predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary D., in 1995.
Wesley is survived by his daughters, Delia Kathleen Bowman of West Chester, PA and Dorothy Irene Bowman and her husband, Ron, of Wake Forest, NC; his son and daughter-in-law, Wesley Roland and Dawn Bowman of Hockessin, DE; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth, Ben, Jonathan, Emily, Delia and Olivia; and great grandchildren, Annalise and Cora.
A memorial service will be celebrated on Monday, November 20, 2017, at 2 PM at Cokesbury Village, 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, DE 19707.
Wes was a generous donor to several non-profits. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Embrace Uganda (embraceuganda.org), The Nemours Foundation (Nemours.org), Sweet Dreams (127worldwide.org), North American Mission Board (NAMB.net) or Vets Journey Home (vetsjourneyhome.org).
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