Johnnye M. Bowers

July 6, 1922 - April 20, 2018

Johnnye M. Bowers (John Bowers) of Blue Ridge, Texas passed away on April 20, 2018 at the age of 95. He was born July 6, 1922 in Blue Ridge, TX to William and Mobe Branch Bowers. He graduated Blue Ridge High School in 1940. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and United States Air Force. John married Susan Gail Burgess on December 10, 1980 in Durant, Oklahoma.

John was a member of the Verona Baptist Church of Verona, TX. After serving in the Navy and Air Force John went on to work for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years; after retirement from the Postal Service he drove a truck for Willard Grain in Celina, TX for 20 plus years. John loved the outdoors, he went on yearly hunting trips to Colorado with his brother Doug, his son Bill and other family members and friends that joined the trip throughout the years. He served as the Manager of the Blue Ridge Cemetery for 16 years. Later in life John enjoyed gardening in abundance and getting to share his bounties with others.

John is survived by his loving wife Gail Bowers of Blue Ridge, Texas, son Bill Bowers and wife Patsy of Rowlett, Texas, stepchildren Richard Van Dyke of Blue Ridge, Susan Shelton Farmer and husband Eddie of Durant, Oklahoma, Joel Shelton and wife Vickie of Seguin, Texas, Brian Van Dyke and wife Vivian of Kaufman, Texas, Karen Riley and husband Steve Riley of Van Alstyne, Texas and Elizabeth Shelton Abounada and husband Abe of Trenton, Texas. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mobe Bowers; his brothers James and Douglas Bowers, his baby sister and his daughter Vanita Bowers-Bates.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Sunday April 22, 2018 at the Hurst Fielder-Baker Funeral Home in Farmersville, Texas. Funeral Services will be at First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge at 2:00pm Monday April 23, 2018. Officiating the service will be Bro. Darryl Lewis. Interment will be at the Blue Ridge Cemetery in Blue Ridge. 

Honorary Pallbearers: Joshua Alley, Josiah Alley, Kevin Cambron and Aaron LeFebre.

Pallbearers: John Alley Bowers, Justin Bowers, Robert Shelton, Andrew Shelton, Michael Davis, and Preston Davis.

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So sorry about John.  He was such a nice person to be around.  Always a pleasure to see him.  Sorry to just now be seeing this obituary and miss his funeral.
Jane Willard, April 24, 2018 Bill and family. Sorry for your loss. Patsy Black, April 23, 2018 Please know that the Members of the Blue Ridge Masonic Lodge are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace Brother Danny Hartschuh, April 23, 2018 Gail and all the family, I am so sorry to hear of John passing. Please know that you’re all in my thoughts and prayers. Denice Burnside Webb, April 22, 2018