Charles David Bowsman

September 14, 1942 ‒ January 28, 2016

Raleigh, North Carolina
Formerly of Johnsville, Ohio

Charles David Bowsman, devoted husband, father, “Gramps”, and servant of God, went home on January 28, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.  David lived his life filled with humor, kindness, passion, and courage up until the very end.

David’s greatest joys were his family – wife of 39 years, Sandra Worley Bowsman (Sandi); Children – Charles Ted Bowsman (Allison Marrow Bowsman) of N. Little Rock, AR and Martha Katrice (Kate) Bowsman of Cary, NC;  grandchildren—Madigan Elaine Bowsman and Charles Paxton Bowsman of N. Little Rock, AR; sister Shirley Bowsman Hudson of Hendersonville, TN;  nephew Andy Hudson, of Hendersonville, TN; niece Beth Ann Cartwright (Ben Cartwright) of Hermitage, TN; great nephews James and Eli Cartwright; and dearly loved cousins, friends, and church family.

David was born in Galion, OH to Ted and Martha (Kline) Bowsman.  David graduated with the class of 1960 in Johnsville, OH. His classmates were important throughout his entire life.  He attended David Lipscomb College and Ohio State University.  He served his country in the US Army, serving his time in Germany.  He worked in the telecom field for over 40 years and retired in 2011.  David loved his coworkers and sometimes it seemed he spent more time laughing and joking than working!  David traveled to 6 continents with the army, his job, and mission work.

David was a devoted follower of Christ and an active member of Raleigh Church of Christ where he served as deacon, worked with Honduran missions, and made it his goal to make others laugh!  His faith and his church family are what sustained him through the past 3 years of his battle with cancer.

David had many talents and interests including wood working, old cars, travel, antiques, and music.  His life was a living testimony of courage and faith in God.  “A Cheerful Heart is good Medicine” (Proverbs 17:22) was how David lived his life.  His legacy will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.  He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of David’s life was conducted in Raleigh, NC on January 31st at Raleigh Church of Christ.  Visitation from 2 pm to 3 pm will be observed Wed., Feb 3rd, at Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, where services will follow at 3 pm.  Burial will be observed privately in Shauck Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Honduran Children’s Scholarship Fund or the Preschool Special Needs Family Support Fund in care of Raleigh Church of Christ; 911 Barringer Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606.

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  • I am very sad to hear this news about Dave. I can only say our thoughts are with
    everyone in his family. I am sure he was greatly respected and loved.
    I have worked with him for many years and he has always been a great associate
    and friend.

    Best Regards,
    Tom and Beckey Edwards

  • I am so sorry to learn of David’s passing. He will be missed by many. I will especially miss seeing him at our alumni banquets. Keeping you all in my prayers.

    Janet (Blair) Roll