Faber M. "Duke" Bowman
Published in News Record on April 12, 2011
Faber M. Bowman "Duke", 86, died on April 11, 2011 at Moses
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
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
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.
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
In lieu of
flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Guilford College United
Methodist Church, 1205 Fleming Road, Greensboro, NC, 27410.