Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

940 29Th Avenue Ne, Hickory, NC


James William Bowman

April 15, 1923September 28, 2019

James William Bowman, 96, of Hickory, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Born April 15, 1923 in Alexander County, he was the son of the late Clyde Herbert Bowman and Cora Etta Starnes Bowman. James served three years in the U.S. Army between 1943 and 1945. He was stationed in the Pacific Islands and was a WWII veteran. He also was a dedicated employee of Hickory Manufacturing Co for 45 years.

An active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, he loved gardening and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a hardworking, deep thinking man who loved his neighbors, church family, family and his country. James was a true witness of how to live life to the glory of God.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Celia Mae Buff Bowman and sister, Mary Lou Pennell.

He is survived by his sons, James W. Bowman, Jr. and wife, Debbie, and Daniel M. Bowman and wife, Christine; grandchildren, Joshua D. Bowman and wife, Samantha, Erica C. Crawford and husband, Kristopher, Sarah Mae Schambach and husband, Nicholas; great-grandchildren, Owen Crawford, Reese Crawford, Wren Celia Schambach, Ruby James Bowman, and Fletcher Bowman; brothers, Harley Bowman, Zeb Bowman and sister, Emma Jane Davis.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bethlehem with Pastor Jesse Lott officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. at the church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Bethlehem Baptist Church Building Fund, 7500 NC Highway 127, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Condolences may be sent to the Bowman family at www.drumfh-hickory.com. The Bowman family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 940 29th Ave NE, Hickory, NC.


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James William Bowman

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Paulette Hunt Repasy

October 11, 2019

Jimmy and Danny, I have such memories of your mom and dad I'm so sorry for your loss

Larry Bedford

October 1, 2019

Jim, sorry to hear the passing of your dad, it's never easy letting go of a parent. I know you took good care of him, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers! Larry Bedford