Gary George Bowman
12/15/1952 - 5/15/2020

Gary George Bowman, 67, of Lone Oak passed away on May 15, 2020 at Hunt Regional Memorial Hospital.  Visitation will be on Tuesday from 8 A.M. - 5 P.M. at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.  A private family funeral will be at First Christian Church of Lone Oak with Brother Danny Calk and Brother Robert Cook officiating. Graveside services are open to the public and will be held at 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Lone Oak Cemetery on Glady’s street in Lone Oak, Texas.  

Gary was born on December 15, 1952 in Freeport, TX to Jimmy Dale “Boots” and Nancy Bowman.  He was married to the love of his life, Cathy Smith, on November 17, 1989. 

In 1971, Gary acquired his barbers license during his senior year at Lone Oak High School.  After graduation, he followed in his father’s footsteps and began his career as a barber at Jerry’s Barber Shop in Greenville, TX.  Gary’s infectious personality served him well throughout his career as he loved people and having fun.  You couldn’t help but love to be around him.  In 1986, he opened Bowman Cuts and operated from the same location for 34 years until the time of his passing.  In Gary’s barber shop you might find an autograph, and antique, or sit down and watch a movie.  He had candy for kids and wanted everyone that walked through the door to have a good time.  His customers were always entertained with his stories, replays of the Cowboy game, or listening to him play the guitar and sing.  You could buy your squares for the Super Bowl pot, run down to get a scratch off and split the winnings, or simply get updated on what his wife and family were eating for supper.   

Gary had a competitive nature and loved playing baseball and football through his school years.  He also continued to play baseball recreationally until he discovered bowling.  In 1986 Gary flew to California, tested and earned his membership in the professional bowling association (PBA).  He continued to play professionally for several years until he and Cathy started a family.  Although he no longer played professionally, he continued to bowl and served as the president of the local bowling league for many years to follow.  Gary’s bowling team, sponsored by Bowman Cuts, were consistent contenders every year.  One of the biggest highlights of his bowling career was when he bowled the perfect game “300”.       

Of all of Gary’s accomplishments, the greatest was his family.  He experienced a very close bond with his mother as they went on many adventures together.  While many men bring their friends along, Gary would bring his mother.  Because of his love for Nancy, his nurturing and thoughtful demeaner carried over into his relationships with his family.  Gary made sure there was a card that smelled of cologne, a gift, or thoughtful words for every holiday or occasion.  Before Gary had a family of his own, much of his time was spent with his sister, brother-in-law, and nephews.  He enjoyed putting together toys on Christmas Eve and playing Santa Claus for them. Gary attended games, practices and events for his two girls throughout school.  The past few years, he enjoyed dressing up with his granddaughters during Halloween and giving out candy to the kids in the neighborhood.  He was the strong foundation for his family and will be missed terribly.    

Gary never knew a stranger and if by chance he did, they wouldn’t be a stranger long.  Greenville will never be the same without seeing that iconic aquamarine truck drive down Wesley street.  Gary George Bowman was just as unique and one-of-a-kind as his trucks.  His bright spirit, stories, and laughs will live on in the memories of many throughout Hunt County. 

Survived by his wife, Cathy Bowman; daughter, Kaylee Bowman and Brad Jackson, and Lesley Overstreet and husband, Will; sister, Nandale Vice and husband, Robert; grandchildren, Jaycie Haugen and Ava Overstreet; nephews, Wesley Vice, Ryan Vice and wife, Rebecca; great-niece and nephew, Alexandra and Henry.

Preceded by his parents; grandmother, Jimmie Vestal; aunts, Peggy Abernathy and Louise Nicholson.

Pallbearers will be David Cook, Lester Hunt, Paul Maldonado, Butch Mitchell, Andy Priest, Jerry Sadler, Robert Vice and Ryan Vice.

Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Bowman, Buster Clem, Mike Williams, Terry Williams and Wesley Vice.

We are requesting that you limit the size of the gathering during the viewing due to concerns regarding the current health crisis.  Please feel free to come and pay your respects but limit your contact with others as per recommended guidelines from the CDC.

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