Gordon Baker “Don” Bowker, 67, a resident of Cleveland, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, March 28, 2013, in a Chattanooga hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 7, 1945, in Rock Hill, S.C., a son of the late Gordon and Ida Lyle Bowker.
He graduated from Charleston High School in 1964 and then entered the United States Navy. After serving his country and receiving an honorable discharge, he returned to Cleveland to work as a surveyor. He later worked for the city of Cleveland, where he held many positions and retired as the director of Public Works.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cleveland for most of his adult life. He also served as president of MainStreet Cleveland and Calico Squares. He enjoyed working with others and was dearly loved by those who had the privilege of knowing him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Frank and Monita Harris.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 46 years, Brenda Harris Bowker; one daughter, Kristin Bowker Conley and husband, Steve, of Bell Buckle; one son, Patrick Bowker and wife, Laurel, of Cleveland; one granddaughter, Jennie Kathryn Conley of Bell Buckle; two sisters: Beverly Tipton (Dillard) and Linda Sainato (Nick); one brother, Lyman Bowker (Jan); and numerous other extended family members and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 433 North Ocoee Street with Dr. Joseph R. Tanner officiating.
Interment will follow in the church’s John and Gladys Tye Memorial Garden with military honors to conclude.
The family will receive friends Saturday from noon until the 2 p.m. service time in the fellowship hall.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to The Pat Summitt Foundation at 625 Market St. Suite 1400, Knoxville TN 37902, or First Presbyterian Church, or the charity of your choice.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Don and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial Web page and guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral & Cremation Service is honored to assist the Bowker family with these arrangements.