OBITUARY

Dennis L. BOWMAN

Passed away on 22 August, 2021
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Dennis L. Bowman, age 58, died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 22 from a pulmonary embolism. Dennis was a resident of Marietta, Ga.

Nothing in the world surpassed his love for his wife and children. Dennis was a loving father and husband, a supportive friend, and a bona fide gentleman. He taught us many things; for instance, he stressed the significance of a proper Fourth of July celebration featuring fireworks, a small town parade, and homemade ice cream. He emphasized the importance one should place on selecting a Halloween costume (be creative, don’t procrastinate, don’t repeat). He was on a quest to have the world’s most impressive selection of Dad jokes.

He was impatient with himself, patient with others. He preferred the shadows rather than the spotlight, but when the occasion warranted he could easily command a room with one of his passionate, inspiring, fast paced speeches. He loved many places, particularly the mountains, the beach, and Friday nights on the back porch. He thought building sandcastles should be a competitive endeavor, and he was looking forward to perfecting his recipe for the classic Vieux Carre.

Dennis was born in Detroit, MI. His love for Detroit and its sports teams never wavered. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Communications & Public Relations. He loved the Vols and the Smoky Mountains, but Michigan’s “The Victors” always remained his favorite fight song.

His interests included history (reading it and debating it), travel, and live music. His most enjoyable times were when he could share his kids’ interests, and that completely held true regardless of their ages or his skill.

Dennis is survived by his wife Rebecca and their children Chloe and Nicholas. Additional survivors are brother, Larry (Liz), Johnson City, TN; sister, Rita (Bill), Southfield, MI; sister- in- law, JoAnn, Lincoln Park, MI; sister- in- law, Martha Doss, Lafayette, TN; wonderful nieces and nephews; and a collection of loving, beautiful friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Jerry.

At the time of his death Dennis was Executive Director of Nicholas House, Inc. He led NHI’s board, staff, and volunteers in a quest to help homeless families become self-sufficient. In addition to his work, he was a dedicated community leader on social issues – particularly those impacting families. He was an advisor in numerous capacities – working on the city of Atlanta’s Strategic Planning Committee, serving on the DeKalb Continuum of Care Planning board, and consulting with other policy teams that helped structure Georgia’s evolving resolutions to homelessness and familial stability.

As well as Dennis’ leadership in the not-for-profit arena, his work included leading marketing and communication teams at a national health agency and work in the corporate and consulting sectors. He held membership in several marketing association groups and civic organizations, was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist church, and enjoyed several years as a Scoutmaster with Troop 1011 in East Cobb.

All are invited to the Memorial Service at H.M. Patterson & Son, Canton Hill, in East Cobb on Saturday, September 25 at 1:00 PM. Visitation with friends will immediately follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, please do something kind in Dennis’ honor, “do a good turn”, or take a friend to lunch.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Memorial Service

    Saturday, 25 September , 2021

Memories

Dennis L. BOWMAN

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Lisa Fall

26 September 2021

I was very sad to learn of Dennis’s death. Though I have not had contact with Dennis in many years, I have fond memories of working with him at the Arthritis Foundation. Dennis was a respected leader, mentor and friend to me and our “family” of colleagues. Peace and comfort to his much loved family.

Yvette Mason

25 September 2021

Dennis was not only my boss. He was my friend. He would always tell me I was his BOSS. I'M GOING TO MISS YOU DEARLY. I'm still looking for him to walk through those Nicholas House doors.
Love you Mrs. Mason

Carlos Thomas

16 September 2021

Condolences are extended to the family and friends of Dennis Bowman. May God continue to comfort and keep you in His care. It has been a rewarding experience and pleasure working with Mr. Bowman over the past 10 years in his role as a Fulton County community stakeholder, and through the long standing partnership with Nicholas House, Inc. as recipient of Fulton County Human Services Grants and Community Services Program Grants. May his work and passion for helping others continue in the lives of those that he has inspired.
(Carlos S. Thomas, Division Manager, Fulton County Youth and Community Services Division)

Philippians 4:7
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Renard Davis

16 September 2021

Dennis was an awesome and passionate leader. Sometimes gave too much to job instead of taking break but he was fully committed. Dennis pushed me to be a better case manager/social worker. Forever grateful.

Tamekia Shumpert

13 September 2021

What a great director he was. Thank you for bringing me on to the Rapid Exit and Diversion Team.
Dennis loved to talk and he wanted to know what were the frontline challenges of working in the field. And yes there was always a joke.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Judy Brod

11 September 2021

We are thinking of you. We are keeping all of you close to our hearts
Love
Bob & Judy Brod

OluMayowa Ojemuyiwa

9 September 2021

I am grateful to have met and worked with Dennis on the Emergency Rental Assistance program for a year and a half. He was an effective and efficient leader with many ideas to make things better for others. Dennis was able to lead a team of us to continue going no matter the challenges. When I heard the news I was left with disbelief and still am not fully adjusted to his passing. However, I know with his passion and spirit he will still be working through heavens gates and I am truly convinced that he was called for something greater beyond my understanding. Dennis I pray for you each night and will forever be grateful of the opportunities you provided me. I pray for your family and know you will truly be missed. You have done so much for me and other families now its your turn to rest as you've earned your wings! Fly High Dennis, you are truly missed!

Respectfully,

Maya

Margaret Schuelke

9 September 2021

I've had the pleasure of working with Dennis for over 10 years. In fact, I think we started working in the field of homeless services just about the same time. I've always considered him to be a close colleague and friend. Dennis was a gentle man and and a gentleman. He was reliable, loyal to his work, clients and partners. I could count on him to help solve problems and work collaboratively towards common goals. I will miss him.

Margaret Schuelke