Mr. Richard Wayne Bowers, 75, passed away peacefully Saturday, October 7, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 3 PM at Holly Hill Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Richard was born on April 10, 1942 in Davidson County. Richard graduated from Central Davidson County High School in 1960. In 1964, he graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury with an AB in Physics and Mathematics. He then joined the Peace Corp and spent two years (1964-1966) in Sierra Leone, West Africa. In 1969 he obtained his EdMA in School Administration from ECU. He finally completed school in 1980 at ECU with an Educational Specialist in School Administration. Richard taught Math and coached track at Adkins High School in Kinston from 1966 to 1969. He then became principal of, what was then, Vanceboro Elementary School. Richard retired from Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School in 1996, however, you could still find him there tutoring. After retiring, Richard worked for Craven Community College until 2000 teaching the GED course at Craven County Correctional Facility in Vanceboro. Richard was an active member of Holly Hill Pentecostal Holiness Church, where he taught Sunday School, was a deacon, a member of the Administrative Council, and served as the Sunday School Superintendent. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Vanceboro Rotary Club for 41 years. He was an active member in the New Bern Gideon’s Camp for 31 years. Richard was on the Board of Directors for the Vanceboro Rural Volunteer Fire Department and the Vanceboro Library. He was also President of the Vanceboro Medical Center Board. Richard has served on the Board of Alderman for Vanceboro since 1982. He served in numerous roles in other community organizations throughout the years. When Richard could find a little spare time, he enjoyed spending it with his grandchildren fishing, going to ball games, and attending dance recitals. If there was an event that included his grandchildren, he was always present.
Richard Bowers was a gentle giant, who had a big heart for children and serving others. Serving the Lord was his first priority, serving his family was a close second. He had a servant’s heart and was compassionate and humble. He never forgot a face or a name and always wanted to see the success in all. As a hard worker and with a determined spirit, he fought for the well being of others and the Vanceboro Community.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Banks and Grace Bowers and brother-in-law, Paul Beck.
He is survived by his faithful and loving wife of 46 years, Joy Pollard Bowers; daughters, Susan Bowers French and husband, Joe, and Jennifer Bowers Lewis and husband, Stacey; grandchildren, who were his pride and joy, Zachary Allen Lewis, Daniel Banks French,
and Savannah Joy Lewis, all of Vanceboro; loving sister, Lucy Beck of Lexington, NC, who never left his side; special brother-in-law, Wayne Pollard and wife, Betty, of Greenville, who he enjoyed
traveling and spending time with together; several nieces and nephews that were dear to his heart; honorary sons, Billy Whitford, Jr. and Dennis Smith; special friends, Creed Mills and Curt Morris, and all of his breakfast buddies at Vera’s Diner.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of the Carolina East Medical Center ICU for their compassionate care.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Vanceboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International, New Bern Camp, PO Box 12331, New Bern, NC 28561 or the Holly Hill Pentecostal Holiness Church Building Fund, c/o Peggie Mills, PO Box 523, Vanceboro, NC 28586.