Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel & Oaklawn Cemetery

4801 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL


Thomas Vernon Bowyer

January 9, 1948October 1, 2019

Thomas Vernon Bowyer (Tom) 71, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, October 1, 2019. He was born January 9, 1948 in Jacksonville, FL to Marlboro Thomas Jr. and Permilla Bowyer. Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps June 1966 and graduated from Boot Camp the same year. He was honorably discharged in 1978 attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant with an Outstanding Marksman (rifle expert) distinction. One of “The Proud” a Marine till the end. “Semper Fi.”

Tom was a beloved Husband, Father, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and a friend to all. He was former co-owner of Bowyer’s Bakery in Lakewood where he excelled in cake decorating. He also had a true love and talent for hunting, skeet shooting and carpentry where he was well-known in the Southside area as the man to call for all things in home perfection. He was a Master Mason, Shriner and member of Jacksonville Skeet & Trap Club, Gateway Pistol and Rifle Club and the NRA as well as a member of San Jose Episcopal Church. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn of 44 years, daughter, Sarah Leigh Lake, Granddaughter, Georgia Caitlyn Lake, Mother-in-Law, Ms. Duke, sisters Debra Higgins and Cathy Bowyer, and sister-in-law LeAnne Duke.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 10, 2019, from 5-7 pm at the Oaklawn Legacy Lodge. Graveside service with Military Honors will be Friday, October 11, 2019, 11:00 am at Oaklawn Cemetery with reception following in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to San Jose Episcopal Day School Education Fund at https://sjeds.org/tombowyer/


  • Visitation Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, October 11, 2019


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Minnie Acosta

October 10, 2019

Bowyer's Bakery was the BEST in Lakewood. I remember going there all the time. Mr. Bowyer made my wedding cake and it was so beautiful. My husband Mark worked there and loved it. My deepest sympathy to all of Tom's family.
Minnie Acosta

AnnMarie Komatineni

October 9, 2019

Ms. Carolyn and Family,
I have come to know you through your wonderful sister LeAnne, I've met your beautiful granddaughter Georgia, and a brief moment with your lovely daughter Sarah. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bower but meeting all of you and seeing the love and kindness I can tell he would have given me the same. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time.


Toni Foster

October 9, 2019

I was a frequent visitor to the bakery and a friend to Tommy. He was a very sweet and kind person.