OBITUARY

Joe Frank Bowers Jr.

December 4, 1942July 5, 2018

Frank was a native Charlottean, born to Joe Frank Bowers Sr. and Margaret Neville Bowers. He graduated from East Mecklenburg High School in 1961 and attended East Carolina University before serving in the U.S. Army for 6 years. He was a very successful sales rep with Hand Held Products (Honeywell) and traveled the world until his retirement in 2009. Frank was a friend to many, all of whom he loved dearly. If you were a friend of Frank's, you were a friend for life. He accepted every day as a gift from God and helped everyone he knew with empathy and good deeds. He was a loyal friend to all who knew him and his sense of humor and honesty will always be cherished by family and friends.

Frank is survived by his wife, Sissy and daughter, Brittany, sisters; Sylvia Campbell (Clyde), Becky Wood, and Judy McCarter (Bobby), as well as nieces and nephews, cousins, and countless friends. Per Frank's request there will be no memorial service, but please raise your glass and toast to good friends in honor of Frank. Donations can be made to the Merkel Cell Carcinoma Research Fund at the University of Washington or to the Salvation Army.

"What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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REMEMBERING

Joe Frank Bowers Jr.

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Kara Griffin

September 19, 2018

I never met Joe Bowers, but Corrine, a nearby neighbor of his, just found out about his passing and wrote about his kind ways in a post in NextDoor.com. Even though I never met or knew of Mr. Bowers, I Thanked her for her post and for taking the time to take notice of this man's kindness and how his simple measures can make an impact and a statement to the rest of us. "To do our part, and a little more..." especially when it comes to the earth. Here is her post below... thank you and thinking of Joe Frank Bowers, Jr. and his family.
We've lost a good neighbor...
Has anyone ever noticed the gentleman, usually in a large hat and neon vest that picked up trash along Grey Byrum and Waxhaw-Marvin Road? He hasn't been around for a while, so my husband tried to find a way to check on him. We found out yesterday that he passed away back in July. He owned the land in Valhalla across the street from me and we would talk when he was around. He would break up the sticks from the property and leave them in a neat pile at the end of our driveway for us to use in the fire.

He was such a kind and humble man who would just pick up trash on the roads and clean up his land as "exercise". He didn't even live out here, he just owned a piece of land. I believe he lived somewhere near Carmel Road with his wife, as my husband has seen him out there cleaning up as well. If you ever met him or saw him, feel free to share some stories here or on his obituary page.

This is from his obituary: "What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say." - Ralph Waldo Emerson. What a kind and humble man he was.

Michelle Blackwell

September 18, 2018

Sissy and Brittany, I didn’t know your dad personally but from stories it sounds like he was An amazing man. May his legacy live on in others hearts as they pay it forward just as he did.

Jill Jaynes

September 18, 2018

Dear Bower family,

My neighbor shared that Joe had passed away recently. I"m so sorry to hear that. We saw him frequently picking up debris along the roadside and tending to his property here in our neighborhood. I'm sorry to say that I didn't get a chance to meet him personally, but always thought how special a person he was to take those chores on no matter the season or weather. May the Lord comfort your family today and always.

Marcia Brashear

July 10, 2018

Sissy and Brittany,
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Frank was such an amazing man, so positive and encouraging. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of working with him at Hand Held Products. I can still see his ever-present smile and hear his warm laughter.

Becky Glover Hadley

July 10, 2018

Sissy, please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

edward carlson

July 10, 2018

I knew Frank for over 50 years and thoroughly enjoyed his friendship, especially our time together at Honeywell. His positive personalty and quick wit made him a joy to be around. Stephanie and I send our sincere condolences.

Rest well my friend!

Ed Carlson

charles la vene

July 9, 2018

My sincere condolences to you Sissy and family. Frank was such a warm and friendly man. He always greeted you with the warmest welcome and hand shake and of course that big smile and laugh. Such a gentleman, he will be greatly missed by all who came in contact with him. May he rest in peace. My glass is held high in your honor my friend. Charlie "Continental" La Vene

ROGER AND SHARON TERRY

July 9, 2018

Sissy, we will always remember Frank...the way he touched others...the way he made everyone feel special...that great laugh of his. He was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We can rejoice that we will see him again in Heaven. He is loved by so many, and we hope that is a comfort to you. Roger has a phone message (sent June7) from Frank. He played it today. Frank will always be here in spirit with us. Love, Roger & Sharon

Keith David Wentzel

July 9, 2018

I was 2 years behind Frank at East Mecklenburg High School. After Frank got out of the Army and I got out of the Air Force we worked together for several years at Honeywell. Frank was a great guy! He will be missed by so many.

Chuck Reeves

July 9, 2018

There aren't enough words in the English language to say all that Frank Bowers meant to the people he loved, especially my family & every friend I ever introduced him to... he was "one-of-a-kind" in all the great ways &, while we will miss his smile, his laugh, his touch, his concern, his knowledge, his compassion, & his love, we all know we will see him once again, some day. Just like those that have gone before us are all ready reunited & enjoying their reunion, we too, will have that joy. Prayers to his family & all his friends as we rejoice in having known him & count our blessings accordingly. God bless you Frank & may He help us endure the grief we feel... Love ya Buddy !