BRINKHAVEN — Thomas J. “T.J.” Bowman, 96, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 20, 1917, in Holloway, to the late James A. and Mary R. (Lapp) Bowman. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1942 to 1946 with Company D, 322 Medical Battalion and the 97th Infantry. His tours included Germany, France, Czechoslovakia and Tokyo. On June 23, 1946, he married Irene I. Smith.
T.J. was a member of the Tiverton Baptist Church. He participated in numerous military events and reunions, and was a member of the World War II Honor Flight. He also enjoyed traveling by train, and spending holidays and birthdays with his family. He just celebrated his 96th birthday a few days early.
Surviving are his wife, Irene; seven children, Thomas A. (Peggy) Bowman of Concord, N.C., Carolyn (Dick) Miller of Brinkhaven, Paula (Bill) Riley of Danville, Rachel (Jim) Myers of Danville, Nancy (Craig) Clouston of Brinkhaven, Marsha Bowman of Brinkhaven, and Jeff (Debra) Bowman of Danville; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; a sister, Emma Pearl Schaefer of Louisville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Michael Bowman; and sisters, Elizabeth Tuberville, Betty Campbell and Rosetta Logston.
A funeral service will be held at Noon on Wednesday at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. Pastor Bruce Butler will officiate. Burial, with graveside military rites, will follow in Tiverton Cemetery. Calling hours will be two hours before service time. Visit www.fischerfuneralhome.com.Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.