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Sgt. Maj. Clifton "Clif" Bowman, Ret. USMC

18 July, 194112 September, 2021
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Sgt. Maj. Clifton "Clif" Bowman, Ret. USMC, age 80, of New Bern, went home to be with his Lord with his family by his side on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Clif proudly served his country, the United States of America, for 26 years and worked hard to earn his title as Sgt. Maj. Not only did he serve his country, Clif served his community well. During his free time, Clif enjoyed riding his motorcycles, gardening, and fishing. He was known by his son as "Mr. Fix-It". Clif was a man of few words, but everyone listened to his wisdom when he spoke. All who knew Clif will miss him greatly, especially his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Lillie Bowman; son, Tim Bowman; brother, Charles Bowman; sisters, Arlene Turner (Willis), Joyce Bowman, Evelyn Penn, Mary R. Bowman, and Dorothy Brooks; sister-in-law, Mary S. Bowman; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Laura Bowman; and brother, James Bowman.

A Visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 PM on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Cotten Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will follow at 3:00 PM with Pastor Dennis T. Walston. On Monday, September 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM Sgt. Maj. Clifton "Clif" Bowman, Ret. USMC will be laid to rest at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Those who wish to watch the service can do so by going to Cotten Funeral Home's Facebook page on Sunday at 5:00 PM. We will record the service, then upload it to our Facebook page.

Cotten Funeral Home is honored to serve the family and friends of Sgt. Maj. Clifton "Clif" Bowman, Ret. USMC.


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Dr. Mitchell Walker, Sr.

27 September 2021

On behalf of our Huntsville Bible College President, Dr. John Clay, the Administration, Board of Directors, Faculty, Staff, and Students -we offer our condolences and prayers to one of our beloved Adjunct Faculty, Dr. Charlotte Teague, and all the members of this beloved family.

The Lord comfort, strengthen, and keep you in His precious care, as you experience His joy and peace in your time of bereavement.

God cares!
Dr. Mitchell M. Walker, Sr.
Dean of Graduate Studies
Huntsville Bible College
Huntsville, AL 35811

Steve Winn

27 September 2021

I worked with Cliff at FRCE.
He was surly and grumpy on the outside, but this was a facade he used to hide his heart of gold.

I miss him already

Steve Winn

Wesley Torain

26 September 2021

We are very sorry to hear about Clif passing. You all have our sincerest condolences for peace and understanding.
The Torains
Alabama & Ohio

Matrice Morrison

23 September 2021

I remember having lunch with him and my dearly departed father.

Dale Gibbs

22 September 2021

Lillie Mae we were so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Cliff. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Timmy.❤🙏Sincerely Frank and Dale Gibbs


21 September 2021

SgtMaj Bowman was a Marine's Marine, Sharp, Knowledgeable, helpful, had few words but lots of action. We met him at the 2007 Black Marine Reunion in Las Vegas and we have inseparable ever since. There is none like him. He's the last of that good stock. Clift and Lillie are family. Clift will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He reported in the sgt of the guard in heaven and was immediately given the task of keeping things around those pearly gates in order
I miss Clift. He was my FRIEND.

Arnetta becton

21 September 2021

We the members of Pilgrim Chapel Free Will Baptist Church on Highway 55 West to convey our condolences to you Lillie Mae and your family. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Always remember "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."
Dr. Brinda C. Moore and the Pilgrim Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Family

Stephen Best

18 September 2021

I want to express my sincere condolence to Lillie Mae, and to the entire Bowman family.
Cliff was a true friend, and whenever I needed him he was always there. I appreciated him as my friend, it was a great pleasure to know Cliff.
He was such an honorable man and would help whomever he could, and didn't expect anything in return.
I will miss my friend, and I know Cliff will truly be missed by all who knew him.
God bless the Bowman Family.

Zalona Van

18 September 2021

Lily and Tim,
We love you both. Even though we can't be there in person, know that we are praying for you everyday.
Joyce and Zalona Van

St Mark AMEZ Church

16 September 2021

We , the members of St Mark AME Zion Church on Hwy 55 New Bern, express our love and care for you during your your time of bereavement. Remember, "And God will wipe away every year from your eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. " Rev. 21:4 (NKJ).

Always remember you are part of our family. We love you for all the things you do for us and with us.

St. Mark AME Zion Church Family
Reverend Triva Sheppard Mason

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