Gary L Bowen (Doc), age 70, Unicoi, passed away peacefully on Saturday July 16th, 2022 at his residence, surrounded by his devoted wife and kids.
Gary was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and the son of the late Paul V. and Dorothy Smith Bowen.
Gary retired from Erwin Utilities, after 20+ years of service. Before becoming a lineman, he worked many years as a surveyor.
Gary loved the outdoors, being in the mountains with the wildlife or just sitting on the back porch listening to the animals and birds. He had a passion for music and the meaning for the song, as Gary would say “Turn it up”.
Gary had accepted Jesus as his savior and talked a lot in recent years about how the Lord had helped him through many obstacles he had faced. He would talk about how he has been blessed with lots of family and friends, who loved him and he was very thankful for that.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers Bill Bowen and Terry Bowen, one sister Judy Sparks.
Gary leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife Mitzi, who he was especially grateful for. She has been by his side for 26 years and has graciously been his caregiver for many years, while he was battling many health challenges. He also leaves behind his three loving children: Haley McNabb and husband Chuck of Johnson City, Nick Bowen and wife Dominque of Unicoi, Brian Bowen and Kayla Jones of Erwin and 9 wonderful grandchildren, that he loved dearly. Sharon Fridley(sister)and husband Danny, Aurthurdale, WV., Scott Bowen (brother), Erwin, Connie Caudle(sister) and Husband John, Erwin, and Pat Stapleton(sister) and husband Perry, Atlanta, GA. Special sister-in-law Lydia Bowen FL. Lifelong friends Charles “Dude” McNabb and Brinson “Elmo” Fender and several nieces and nephews.
Gary is giving his greatest and final gift by donating his body to Restore Life USA to further cancer research. The Family will have a Celebration of Life for family and friends, on August 7, from 1-3, at 609 Scioto Rd. Unicoi, TN. Bring a hotdog or hamburger to throw on the grill, as Gary would say.
The Family would like to especially thank: Dr. Jason Colinger (and staff), Clinchfield Drug (and staff), Amedisys Home Health, Elizabethton, his nurse Becky Allen, Pastor Kevin Laws and Home& Health Care of Erwin.