He was the son of Mildred Ruby Nave Bowers of Elizabethton and the late Lt. Col. Floyd Howard Bowers, U.S. Air Force, retired.
Mr. Bowers was retired from Heartland Motor Express and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion and Captain Lynn H. Folsom VFW Post No. 2166.
Mr. Bowers attended First Baptist Church in Elizabethton.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two daughters, Heather and Michelle; two brothers, Ed Bowers, Charlotte, N.C., and Ernie Bowers, Johnson City, Tenn.; a nephew, Michael Bowers, Charlotte, N.C.; and a long-term companion, Gloria Crudt of New York. Several other nieces and nephews also survive.
The funeral service for Mr. Bowers will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 3, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, with Rev. Brent Seals officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service. The graveside service will follow the service on Saturday at Happy Valley Memorial Park in Elizabethton. Active pallbearers will be Melvin Nave, Thomas Perry, Michael Bowers and Mike Miller. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book or by fax to (423) 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is serving the Bowers family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Obituary Line: (423) 543-4917.