John Henry Junior Bowden, 84, passed away November 18, 2018 in Grandfalls, Texas. He was born on May 10, 1934 to John and Jewel Bowden in Harold, Texas. Junior married the love of his life Barbara Crouch in 1954 and had two sons.
Junior grew up on a farm near the Red River and attended Oklaunion High School where he was apart of the graduating class of 1951. After graduation he attended Cisco Junior College on a football scholarship. Junior worked for Bentley Construction, then for Payton Waterflood then purchased Freeman Welding in 1959. He was an active and supporting member of the community from serving as a member on many boards such as City Council, Grandfalls Housing Authority Board, Grandfalls-Royalty School Board from 1974 to 1997, Ward County Livestock Board also serving in the capacity of President and Ring Steward for Livestock show, Upper Pecos County Soil, and the Water Conservation Board, to being a part of the Grandfalls Volunteer Fire Department and EMS from 1955 to 1980. Junior received awards from the Grandfalls-Royalty School Board, Grandfalls-Royalty FFA, and Citizen of The Year award in 1978 these are some of the many award that we presented to him for his dedication and hard work he put in for the community.
The Masonic Lodge holds a special place in Junior’s life. He became a member of the Grandfalls Lodge No. 895 and was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on November 7, 1957. During his time as Mason he held many offices such as; Junior Warden to Senior Warden then to Worshipful Master of the Lodge where he spent the year 1962 to 1963 in that office. He was the Secretary for the Grandfalls Lodge No. 895 for many years.
Junior is preceded in death by his parents; John and Jewel Bowden, one son; Jon Bowden, and one grandson; Lance Bowden.
He is survived by his loving wife; Barbara Bowden, one son; Cy Bowden, four grandchildren; Chris Bowden, Douglas Bowden, Melody Sanchez and husband Dominic, Dallas Bowden, six great grandchildren; Stephanie, BreLynn, Kamron, Lillyanna, Gracyn, Esmie, and numerous friends.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Harkey Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Union Church in Grandfalls, Texas with Jared Secret officiating. Burial will follow at Tamarisk Cemetery in Grandfalls, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Doug Bowden, Dallas Bowden, Christopher Bowden, Dominic Sanchez, Jason Phillips, and Jon Phillips.
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Harkey Funeral Home.
Junior was a great friend to our family. We had so many fun times together---what wonderful memories! He will be missed by all who knew him. Barbara, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jim and Nan YanceyGranbury, TX
Vaya con Dios, Hermano. My condolences to you OES Sister Barbara, Candie Gutierrez, Past member Grandfalls Lodge.
Candido GutierrezMonahans, TX
Barbara, my lifelong Friend you have been in my thoughts and prayers for a long time. Jr. was a special person. (Remember your wedding?) My Love to you, so sorry I could not be there for you on Wednesday. Love, Marie
MarieThe Hills, TX
My thoughts and prayer are with you. He was a wonderful man and will be missed.
Bobene BurrowOdessa, TX
He was a real good friend to me when i lived in Grand Falls
Vall and Glenda AblesHot Springs, Arkansas, AR
I am so sorry for your loss, Barbara. I have many happy memories with Junior and your family. Love you.
Robin Yancey GutierrezOdessa, TX
Barbara, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Carol Puckett WrayCleburne, TX
This world just lost and heaven gained one very truly amazing man. He has always been an inspiration to me and my family. He was truly a treasure. So blessed to have been fortunate to know this wonderful man more than 30 years. He was like another parent to us. Our condolences to his family as they will greatly miss this truly amazing man.
In loving memory, Teresa, JD, and family.
T PeoplesLa Vernia, TX
So sorry to hear of Brother Bowden passing. He was a special man.
James PannellTroup, TX
Judy Puckett KernsWheeling, WV
Prayers for the family of a great man.
Duffy GallowayPetersburg, TX
Dear Barbara and family. Know you and Jr have been through a lot. So very sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. With love and deepest sympathy. Glenda Stovall
Glenda StovallGranbury, TX
My thoughts and prayers are with this sweet family. I have such great memories of going with my dad to drop off the work truck when he came through from being on a job. Barbara and Junior were always so kind. I also have many stockshiw memories of him. He will be missed.
Sherry HunterMonahans, TX
He was a great man . Always helping the kids of the community . You will be missed sir
Israel CadenaMonahans, TX
Barbara, Cy and family,
Our condolences to you all. Was saddened to hear of Jr's passing. Will keep you all in our prayers.🙏
Jeff and Angela BaxterWapanucka, OK
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Bowden passing. My prayers are with you and your family. I know mom and dad are sad and are sending prayers as well. God Bless you.
Kristen Anaya DuckworthOdessa, TX
Praying for you all. He was a great man.
Debra FranciscoMonahans, TX