Wayne C. Bowman, age 80, West Palm Beach, Florida, was called to Heaven on Sunday, April 26, 2020 after succumbing to a long and courageous battle with cancer. Wayne was born in Erwin, Tennessee on September 12, 1939, to the late Richard “Roe” and Loris Clouse Bowman.
At a young age, he began working with his family dairy and produce farms, as well as the family restaurant, all while attending school and church. Wayne graduated from Unicoi County High School and later he studied Engineering. He honorably served his country as a member of the United States Navy aboard the flagship USS Pocono.
Wayne returned to Erwin, married and started a family. He continued his employment ascension which included moving his family to Florida, where he enjoyed a Supervisory position at Cape Canaveral Space Center, where he worked on the Apollo 11 project. Wayne later returned with his family to Erwin and excelled quickly as a Supervisor at Superior Hone, as well as a humble member of the Free Masons. He eventually moved to South Florida where he was able to utilize his engineering expertise, while developing a stellar reputation in construction throughout the United States, Panama and Central America.
Wayne was a kindhearted, generous, and accomplished person throughout his life. He has been blessed with family and friends who will continue to love him dearly. He will be in our hearts and greatly missed for all eternity.
In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his brother, Willis P. Bowman and his wife, Geraldine Downey Bowman; former father-in-law and mother-in-law, Paul and Marion Ledford, who Wayne remained close to until their deaths.
Survivors include, his son, Richard P. Bowman, Fort Pierce, FL; his daughter, Angela L. Kobelin (Joel), West Palm Beach; grandson, James Bowman, Myrtle Beach; four stepchildren and their children and grandchildren. Other family member and friends which also survive, Patricia Ledford and Jim Sniatecki, Johnson City, Lyn and Diana Munn, West Palm Beach.
The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 4, 2021, in the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Chaplain Karl Gasser will officiate the 2:00 P.M. memorial service. Interment will follow in the Mill Creek Cemetery. Military Honors will be rendered by the United States Navy.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Bowman family at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com
Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Bowman family. (423) 743-1380.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Wayne C. Bowman, please visit our floral store.