The Obit For Duke Bowman

Faber M. "Duke" Bowman

Published in News Record on April 12, 2011

GREENSBORO — Faber M. Bowman "Duke", 86, died on April 11, 2011 at Moses Cone Hospital.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 12 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Forbis and Dick Funeral Home on West Friendly Avenue. A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 11am at Guilford College United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Duke was born in Oak Ridge NC in 1924 to Charles and Jettie Bowman. After graduating from Summerfield High School, he served our country in the US Navy during World War II. After completing his service, he attended Oak Ridge Military Academy.

Following graduation, he signed a baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians to play class triple A baseball. It was in Minot, ND while playing 3rd base for the Minot Mallards he met the love of his life Donna Leske. They have modeled before us a godly marriage for the last 57 years. Together they have four children: David Bowman and his wife Kelly of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Sally Dillon and her husband Eric of Raleigh, Steve Bowman (and wife, Rose) of High Point, and Amy Kenner and her husband Burl of Sumter, SC. He was deeply loved by nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Duke is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Joyce Bennett of Virginia Beach, VA, brother CR Bowman Jr. of Oak Ridge, and brothers Dan Bowman and Walter Bowman, both of Greensboro. Surviving brother is Ed Bowman of Julian.

Duke taught school at Stokesdale High School and Northwest High School, where he coached men and women's basketball along with baseball and golf.

After retiring in 1990, he spent many of his retirement years playing golf with many friends, his brothers, his sons and son-in-laws, and grandsons.

He loved working in his garden, walking by the church he loved, Guilford College Methodist, and just simply spending his days with his wife Donna. Our hearts are broken but our tears tell us that we loved and were loved by him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Guilford College United Methodist Church, 1205 Fleming Road, Greensboro, NC, 27410.