R. Howard Bowers

Published 9:17 am Monday, March 16, 2015

R. Howard Bowers, 88, of Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at Ivy Hall Nursing Home. Mr. Bowers was a native of Carter County and the son of the late Oscar Clyde Bowers and Willie Hyder Whittemore. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Colbaugh Bowers, in 1970; a sister, Billie Shell; and a niece, Cynthia Frazier Freeman.
Mr. Bowers retired from the Baker Hughes Company, General Electric and Sandvick Tool Company, as a supervisor. He was a member of Borderview Christian Church, where he served as a Deacon and was a former treasurer. He enjoyed golf, traveling and listening to gospel and country music.
Mr. Bowers was a United States Army veteran, having served in World War II.
Survivors include two sisters, Ruth Ann Cullop and Patty Swift and husband Kenneth, all of Elizabethton, and five nephews, Robert Frazier, Hampton, and Jim Frazier, Terry Frazier, Richard Shell and Steve Shell, all of Elizabethton.
A graveside service to honor the life of Mr. Bowers will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Happy Valley Memorial Park with Mr. Scott Fisher, minister, officiating. Active pallbearers will be Ray Don Markland, Raymond Morton, Joel Norris, Matt Fisher, Steve Burrough, Jody Crowe, James Hughes and Scott Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Sunday School Class of Borderview Christian Church and all the members. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, at 1:15 p.m. Sunday to go in procession. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to the Special Protect Fund at Borderview Christian Church, 1338 Bristol Highway, Elizabethton, TN 37643. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Bowers family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.

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