Raymond Bowles went to meet his Lord and Savior, Saturday, February 10, 2024.
Raymond began his life as a special Christmas present. He was born in laeger, West Virginia, to Alfred and Martha Bowles on Christmas Eve, 1938. He moved to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1956, to work for the City maintaining the pump station. He traveled back to West Virginia to marry the love of his life, Catherine Bishop, on October 31, 1960. They shared the next 63 years together and have two adult children, Lisa and Randy. Only death could part them.
The family moved back to laeger in 1966 so Raymond could work in the coal mines with his father. He figured out ways to make the job easier and safer and invented several new pieces of mining equipment. These inventions are still in use today. He worked in the mines until his father’s-death five years later.
After his father’s death, Raymond and his growing family moved back Williamsburg. He managed Greensprings Mobile Park. He approached this job like everything else in his life. He gave it his all and did whatever needed to be done. He had the skills required to do almost any job; including being a certified welder. He continued to invent new methods and devices to make his job easier. Raymond farmed a few acres of land while managing the park. He always enjoyed growing things. He left the park after 28 years. Raymond worked as the maintenance supervisor for the Stratford Apartments until he retired.
Raymond loved hunting, fishing, and woodworking. He became so proficient in refrigeration and air conditioning that he opened his own business. He enjoyed using his talented hands to help other people. He found joy in cutting grass and maintaining his yard. He always strived for a beautiful yard. In his later years, he fashioned shoe horns out of broom handles. These horns make it easier for older folks to put on their shoes without having to bend over. Like the good Christian man he was, he gave away everyone he made.
Raymond served his lord in other ways. He served as deacon in the Williamsburg Christian Church until he moved to Calvary Baptist Church. He continued to serve as a deacon until he passed.
Raymond was proceeded in death by his parents, Alfred and Martha Bowles; his brothers, Alfred Bowles Jr., Richard Bowles, Ernest Bowles; and his sister Margaret Lockheart; as well as, his devoted granddaughter, Nanette Letchworth; and his daughter-in-law, Denise Bowles.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Catherine Bishop Bowles; his daughter, Lisa Letchworth (Keith); and his son, Randy Bowles (Maria); as well as, his three grandchildren, Brian Letchworth, Savanah Letchworth, and Stewart Bowles. He is also survived by two great grandchildren, Alex Letchworth and Emma Bowles.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1042 Penniman Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
In Lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made in his name to, Hospice House of Williamsburg, williamsburghospice.org/donations or Calvary Baptist Church.
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