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Robert C. Bowen Sr.
Robert C. Bowen Sr.

Robert C. ‘Bob’ Bowen Sr. died on Friday, February 26, 2016, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center in Wilmington.

He was born on October 14, 1936, in Bear Grass, the son of the late Cortez and Armintie Bowen. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Robert Cortez ‘Corey’ Bowen III.

Mr. Bowen served in the U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., Park Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He retired as a special agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms after 31 years of service. He was a member of the Wilmington First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Bob was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed fishing and shooting and was an ardent baseball fan, having pitched for the 1955 Williamston High School State Championship Baseball Team.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Lou Modlin Bowen, as well as their four sons: Robert C. Bowen Jr. (Tonna) of Wilmington, and their son John, Michael D. Bowen (Anne) of Valdosta, Ga., and their three sons; Michael Jr., James and Christopher, Douglas L. Bowen (Laure) of Ozark, Mo., and their children; Weston, Cole and Elisabeth, and Jon B. Bowen (Alice) of Lexington, Ky.  He is also survived by his two siblings, Donnie Bowen (Cindy) of Knoxville, Tenn., and Paulette Bland of Williamston.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 4, prior to the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Andrews Mortuary on South College Road, Wilmington. There will be no graveside service.

The family would like to thank the staff of New Hanover House Assisted Living as well as Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their kindness and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Wilmington at, or  714 Champ Davis Drive, Wilmington, NC 28411; or the Federal Enforcement Foundation supporting federal law enforcement officers and families at, or 800 Third Ave., 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10022.

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