Bobby Tate Bowden, 83, of Burgaw, passed from his earthly life on Monday, February 22, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born June 10, 1932, in Pender County, the son of the late Thomas and Olga Mizerak Bowden.
Bobby is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane Cunningham Bowden; daughters, Jeanine Bowden Futrell (Norwood) and Jennifer Bowden Raynor (Andy); son, Bobby Thomas “Tommy” Bowden (Mindy); grandchildren, Alex Avant, Addison Futrell, Leann Raynor, Harley Futrell, Dylan Avant, Ava Bowden, Brooklyn Raynor and Brett Bowden; sister, Catherine Bass; brother, Joe Bowden (Mary); and many extended family members and friends.
For over 30 years, Bobby served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force as a helicopter mechanic, retiring as a senior master sergeant. He retired a second time as an equipment supervisor with North Carolina Department of Transportation. Also, Bobby was owner and operator of Bowden’s Garage.
Bobby was a wonderful husband, daddy, granddaddy, brother and friend who took the best of care of his beloved family. Bobby’s passion in life, in addition to working, was his love of net spot fishing and oystering. Having a heart of gold, Bobby, in his own quiet way, did much for many. His mechanical skills will be missed by many. Bobby’s passing leaves an empty place in our family circle and in our hearts.
The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m.. on Wednesday, February 24, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home, Burgaw Chapel. Graveside funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 25, in Riverview Memorial Park with the Rev. Lenier Furr officiating.
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