Mr. Samuel T. BowserAugust 30, 1948 - February 23, 2013
Mr. Samuel Thomas Bowser, 64, of Annapolis, Maryland, and formerly of Halifax County, North Carolina, the third of six children born to the late William McKinley Bowser and Mary Vassar Bowser (Barnes), made his initial appearance on August 30, 1948 in Northampton County, North Carolina. On Saturday, February 23, 2013, while at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, he was called by his Heavenly Father to his eternal home.
At an early age, Sam accepted Christ as his personal Savior, joined and remained a member of St. Matthew Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina where he served as Deacon.
Sam attended John A. Chaloner High School and graduated in 1966. As a young adult, he met and married the former Gracie Lashley (Bobbitt). To this union, two children were born: Mia Bowser Burnette and Roderick Bowser.
He was employed for more than 20 years as an Installer/Technician by Carolina Telephone Company in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. In more recent years, he was employed as an Armed Security Guard with Veterans Securing America and Core Security.
Sam was a former member of Jerusalem Lodge and served as Past Grand Master, former member of Keystone Grand Lodge and Past Deputy Grand Master, also a member of Oasis Shriners Temple, all in the Roanoke Valley.
Sam was well-known and well-liked by many, both near and far. He was a wonderful spirit; kind, dependable, gentle, loving, selfless, long suffering and an all around terrific guy. His hobbies included gardening, fishing and cooking. He was most notably known for his whole hog barbecue. He bore his burdens well; brave and stoic to the end.
Sam was preceded in death by his father: William McKinley Bowser; paternal grandparents: Jack and Jane Belfield Bowser; maternal grandparents: Samuel and Ella Wyche Vassar; stepfather: Rev. Walter Barnes; three uncles: Russell Bowser, Edward Belfield and Dr. Samuel Vassar; three aunts: Emma Peebles, Maude Belfield and Nannie Mason.
Sam will be missed, but treasured memories will remain with his loving mother: Mary Barnes of Roanoke Rapids, NC; one son: Roderick Bowser (Maria) of Seoul, Korea; three daughters: Mia Burnette of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Dasha Vassor of Weldon, NC and Samirea Godley of Greensboro, NC; one daughter of the heart: Vera Manley of Greensboro, NC; nine grandchildren; three grandchildren of the heart; one great-grandchild of the heart; one brother: Rev. Dr. Lloyd A. Bowser (Minister Evelyn) of Upper Marlboro, MD; four sisters: Vivian B. Floyd of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Beverly Bowser of Greenville, NC, Brenda B. Garner (Mack) of Knightdale, NC and Cathy B. Ivey (Harry) of Franklinton, NC; one aunt: Dr. Marian Vassar of Hampton, VA; ten step-sisters and brothers; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.
A Visitation for Mr. Bowser will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, in the Roanoke Rapids Chapel of H.D. Pope Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 Noon, on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Seaboard, NC. The interment will take place immediately following the Service in Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
These professional services have been entrusted to H.D. Pope Funeral Home, located at 520 Smith Church Road in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
H.D. Pope Funeral Home extends its sincere appreciation to the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church family.
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