George Desmond Bowers (MGySgt Retired), 79 of Jacksonville, passed away early Monday morning at Stonebridge of Hampstead.
George proudly and faithfully served his country, spending 30 years in the United States Marine Corps, retiring at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant in 1988. He then went on to work at Hawley's Exxon and he then worked for MCCS for 18 years before his final retirement.
He was active in Knights of Columbus and always enjoyed working the tootsie roll fundraiser. He volunteered for many years with JASA (Jacksonville Area Soccer Association) where all three of his children played.
He enjoyed Nascar, faithfully cheering for Jeff Gordon. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and supporting them. He loved his wife and children with all his heart. He will be greatly missed by all.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday afternoon at 1 PM at Infant of Prague Catholic Church. Burial with full military honors will be held immediately following at Coastal Carolina State Veteran’s Cemetery.
George is preceded in death by his parents William and Rachel Bowers, sisters Helen Bowers and Mary Ann Rau, and brothers William Bowers, Ralph Bowers, and Thomas Bowers. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 ½ years Thelma Bowers of the home; daughter Loretta Jackson and husband Rob of Richlands; sons Mark Bowers and wife Bobbi of Midlothian, VA and Kevin Bowers and wife Jennifer of Kernersville; brothers Raymond Bowers of Port Huron, MI and Joseph Bowers of Port Huron, MI; and his grandchildren William Jackson, Benjamin Jackson, Hannah Bowers, and Hayden Bowers.
The family will receive friends on Thursday prior to mass at Jones Funeral Home of Jacksonville from 11:30 – 12:30 PM.
Flowers are welcome, but donations may be made to Infant of Prague Catholic Church, American Legion Post 167 in Hampstead, Onslow County Community Outreach Soup Kitchen, or Knights of Columbus #3574 of Jacksonville.
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