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