Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home

3780 Highway 80 East, Pearl, MS


Gilbert Nowell

June 9, 1953July 21, 2020

Gilbert Irvin Nowell, known to many as Bo, passed away on July 20, 2020 at his home in Pearl, Mississippi. Gilbert was 67 years young.

Gilbert was born in Jackson, Mississippi, on June 9,1953, to Emma Jean Ramsey and Troy Eugene Nowell. He grew up in Nanih Waiya, Mississippi, where he attended local public schools. In 1968, Gilbert and his family moved to Pearl, Mississippi, where he continued his education at Pearl McLaurin High School.

Following his graduation from Pearl McLaurin High School in 1971 , Gilbert enlisted into the U.S Navy. He served in the Vietnam War on a supercarrier, USS America. His naval service began in 1971 until his honorable discharge in 1975.

After 1975, Gilbert worked for Ingalls Shipbuilding Inc., Frito-Lay Inc. and Siemens Company. While working for Frito-Lay, he attended Phillips College, and received two associate degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology and Computer Data Processing. Gilbert retired from the Siemens Company in 2015. He was also a proud member of the Masons at the John P. Byrd Lodge 629.

Gilbert’s nature was rebellious, but a gentle soul, who would always put the needs and well-being of others ahead of his own. He cared deeply for his family and friends, and he treated everyone with respect. He was a true patriot, who would have given his heart for his country and for his Navy brothers. He exhibited a true passion for riding bikes across the country, going to the shooting range with his son, researching new technology gadgets, and enjoying a good cup of coffee with his buddies at the local Waffle House.

Along with his parents, Gilbert is preceded by his sister Linda Walski, and his brother David Nowell.

Gilbert is survived by his son Jonathan Nowell; his stepmother Glenda Hollingsworth, and his nieces Kassandra Dockter (San Antonio, Texas) and Kelly Leslie (Centennial, Colorado)

Visitation will be from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Sunday, July 26, 2020 at the Baldwin Lee Funeral Home, in Pearl, Mississippi. The funeral service will be immediately following at 11:00 a.m.. A private burial service will follow at the Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Pearl, Mississippi. Pallbearers serving will be; Matthew Prince, Djordje Krkobabic, Jason Jennings, Lee Alford, James Davis, Greg Haskins ,and Jonathan Nowell. Chaplain Paul Cassibry will be officiating.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, social distancing will be observed, and masks will be worn inside the funeral home.


  • Jonathan Nowell, Son
  • Glenda Hollingsworth, Stepmother
  • Kassandra Dockter, Niece
  • Kelly Leslie, Niece
  • and many dear friends.

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Gilbert Nowell

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Tom McNall

August 2, 2020

Gilbert was a shipmate of mine from 72 through 74. We all feel for your loss of such a great guy. He is now going on another cruise that we all will have to make at some time. Gods blessings Gilbert.

James Kennedy

August 2, 2020

Bo and I served aboard the USS America CVA-66 from 1971 to 1975. We did a WesPac Cruise to the Gulf of Tonkin during the last year of the Vietnam War out of Norfolk ,VA.Then a Mediterranean Cruise and NATo cruise. We served in Weapons Dept. W-Div..
We saw a lot of different countries and had lots of fun on liberty. He was a great guy to know and all our our former shipmates will miss him.

Genetha Camardelle

July 26, 2020

I have been Mr. Bo’s neighbor for 14 years. He was always sweet to me and my family. He had a lot of cool stories to tell about his past. He kept to hisself a lot and loved his privacy. He will be missed for sure. I will miss his stories the most.
Love always,

Ed Moody

July 24, 2020

Ride long n ride hard brother

Jennifer Russell

July 23, 2020

Bo, thank you for the memories of our growing up. You, me and Linda could always find something to do at y’all’s house in Flowood when there was NOTHING to do. I love you Bo, and God willing that I have more birthdays, I will always remember you are a day older than me.. Rest in eternal peace, my sweet Cousin. Jonathan, I do hope you find comfort in knowing how proud Bo was of you and how much he loves you. 🙏🌹

Andy Vice

July 23, 2020

Big Bo was one of a kind. Big ole biker dude that could scare the crap out of ya but if you knew him you know a kind sweet big ole teddy bear. Give ole panhead a hug for me in heaven. Praying for the family. Rest in piece my friend. Love ya

Jane Black

July 23, 2020

I knew Bo for many years. He was a dear friend. We have had many good times sitting with friends and just socializing. Those were the good days. He will be missed by so many people. Good friends are hard to find, but they are really hard to lose.
Rest in peace, Bo.

Brenda and Dave Burkes

July 23, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and holding you in our hearts.

Dave and Brenda

Betty Bell

July 23, 2020

Rest in Peace my fellow classmate! May God bless and keep your family.

Jennifer Kujawa

July 22, 2020

May God bless you and keep you in his warm embrace. Sending prayers to your family.


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