James Walter Bousman

July 17, 1934November 18, 2018
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Walter Bousman, 84 of Ridgeway, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday November 18,2018. He was born in Franklin Co., on July 17, 1934 to the late Tip Z. Bousman and Bertha Davis Bousman. He was a devoted Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather and Uncle. He served in the Army from 1954 to 1957 with an honorable discharge. Also, he was owner and operator of Walter’s Body shop of 50 plus years. He was an active member of Hill Memorial Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Lydia B. Helms, and four bothers Morton Bousman, Dolphes Bousman, Price Bousman and Carlton Bousman. Surviving is his Loving wife of 60 years Elaine Vaughan Bousman. Two sons; Tip Bousman wife Chassie, Jimmy Bousman and special friend Diane Bradford. Three grandchildren; James Bousman, Zebedee Bousman and Tabitha Jenkins and husband Daniel. Three great grandchildren Aleah, Ariel, and Layla Jenkins, and numerous nieces and nephews. Thank you Mt. Valley Hospice employees and Team Nurse for their loving care. Services will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Hill Memorial Baptist Church, 2359 Appalachian Dr., Martinsville, VA at 11:00 AM. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Collins Funeral Home, Bassett, Va from 6-8 PM. Memorials may be made to Mt. Valley Hospice or Hill Memorial Baptist Church. Pallbearers; Tim Bousman, Vaughan Bousman, J.P. Bousman, Wayne Helms, James Bousman, Zebedee Bousman, Billy Bousman, and Daniel Jenkins


  • Tip Z. Bousman, Father
  • Bertha Davis Bousman, Mother
  • Elaine Vaughan Bousman, Wife
  • Tip Bousman, Son
  • Jimmy Bousman, Son
  • James Bousman, Grandson
  • Zebedee Bousman, Grandson
  • Tabitha Jenkins, Granddaughter
  • Aleah Jenkins, Great Granddaughter
  • Ariel Jenkins, Great Granddaughter
  • Layla Jenkins, Great Granddaughter
  • Lydia B. Helms, Sister
  • Morton Bousman, Brother
  • Dolphes Bousman, Brother
  • Price Bousman, Brother
  • Carlton Bousman, Brother
  • Mr. Bousman also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

  • Tim Bousman , Active Pallbearer
  • Vaughan Bousman , Active Pallbearer
  • J.P. Bousman , Active Pallbearer
  • Wayne Helms, Active Pallbearer
  • James Bousman , Active Pallbearer
  • Zebedee Bousman , Active Pallbearer
  • Billy Bousman , Active Pallbearer
  • Daniel Jenkins, Active Pallbearer

  • Mountain Valley Hospice
  • Hill Memorial Baptist Church


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 21, 2018

James Walter Bousman

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lynn McGhee

November 20, 2018

We had a dog named Beethoven. He was scared to death of a thunderstorm. When we were home, we would put him in the house. But when we were away and a thunderstorm came up, he would run away. The first place he would go to was Walter's garage. That was the first place I would go to look for him. Walter would meet me at the garage and tell me, "He's okay; I've had him in here with me." I'll always be thankful to
Walter for his kindness.
Our prayers are with you, Elaine.
Don and Lynn McGhee

Eric Newman

November 20, 2018

I was saddened to hear of Walter's passing, my heart goes out to his family. He was a man of honesty, integrity and kindness who loved his wife and all family and friends. Eric Newman

Janice Lott

November 20, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Walter's family and friends. He will be missed.

Terry Hicks

November 20, 2018

To the family just wanted to say sorry for your loss and prayers for you all .