Billy Ray Bowman
Billy Ray Bowman
  • May 16, 1965 - December 18, 2011
  • Morganton, North Carolina

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.Mr. Billy Ray Bowman, Jr., age 46, of Morganton, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 18th 2011. Billy was born to Billy Ray Bowman and Betty Christine Gragg Bowman on May 16, 1965 in Burke County. He attended Cajah's Mountain and Westview Baptist Church. Billy was active in his community where he coached youth football and baseball. His favorite time of the year was Christmas and was known to start celebrating as early as October. Billy was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed.

Those left behind to cherish his memory include his mother, Betty May; his father, Billy Ray Bowman, both of Morganton; his wife of 18 years, Belinda B. Bowman; a son, Richard Ray Bowman and future daughter-in-law, Courtney Henry; a daughter, Samantha Leigh Bowman; a grandson, Kayden Cole Bowman, all of the home; three brothers, Randy Bowman of Morganton, Richie Bowman and his wife, Donna of Morganton, and Chris May and his wife, Leigh of Charlotte; two sisters, Roxie Mode and her fiancé, Larry Jarrett and Robin Bowman of Morganton. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, December 22nd 2011 in the Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Woody and Pastor Ricky Speagle officiating. Interment will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. The family requests memorials be made to the Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942