James Walker Bowen

November 18, 1928March 9, 2018

James Walker Bowen, 89, of Falls Church, VA, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 9, 2018. He passed away peacefully, at home, with his loving family by his side.

James was born on November 18, 1928 in Culpeper, VA to the late Eugene and Mary Bowen. He served as a Private in the U.S. Army for 2 years, during the Korean War; spending time at Fort Bragg and in Japan. James was an expert printer for over 52 years, working on such notable projects as the National Geographic magazine.

James was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who always put his family first in everything. He was an avid outdoorsmen, gardener, and reader. James truly loved being outdoors and enjoying nature. He loved spending time at his farm caring for his vegetable and flower gardens, and working on his tractors. He loved to fish and deer hunt – a love he passed to his son, grandsons, and great-grandsons. He was also an avid reader who especially enjoyed his daily newspaper.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Gladys Bowen; daughters Linda Bowen, Beverly Wade, and Tammie Bowen; and daughter-in-law Sandy Bowen. Also surviving are five grandchildren Laura DiFranco, Chris Wade and Matt Wade, Jimmy Bowen and Kyle Bowen; and five great-grandchildren Tyler DiFranco, Aaron DiFranco, Peyton Wade, Kendall Wade and Reagan Wade; and sister Nancy Franklin. He is preceded in death by his son, Gary Bowen. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Clore-English Funeral Home Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, VA.

Condolences may be offered by visiting The Bowen family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.



  • Visitation Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 16, 2018


  • Interment to Follow Services

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Evelyn Hurlburt

March 16, 2018

Cody, I and the boys send lots of hugs and prayers to you and your family. I know how much you loved your dad. He will be remembered as a great man with a gentle soul. No words can help in this time. Just know he loved you and is always with you. We are here for you always. I know how amazing he was because how wonderful you are. I remember his farm and being so welcoming to us back in the day. You are a model of his greatness. I am so sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you and your family at this time. We love you 💜

Mike Goldsmith

March 15, 2018

What a wonderful, sweet man...for over 25 years, Mr. B watched over my family, and to a degree became part of it. His generosity toward us was indeed a blessing...and a model for all who were lucky enough to know him. Here’s to a life well-lived.

Jon Genier

March 13, 2018

My condolences to the Bowen family. May you find some comfort for your great loss in the promise found at John 11:25.