Minor Harrison Bowles, 81, of Pearisburg, Virginia and formerly of Elliston, Virginia, with God’s Grace, departed this life for his heavenly home, on Monday, October 8, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 22, 1931, in Montgomery County, a son of the late Mark Harrison and Elsie Linkous Bowles of Elliston, Virginia. In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Forest (Shorty) Bowles, a sister Mary Bowles Epperly, his half brothers Arthur, Mark, Lewis and Charlie Bowles, a nephew Travis Davis and three brothers-in-law Leroy Hypes, Roy Newby and William Martin.
Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 61 years Hazel M. Bowles; his son Gary Lee Bowles of Pearisburg; his devoted daughter Brenda Gail Bowles and her fiancé James McDonald of Rich Creek, VA; a special niece and nephews and their families who were like his own children, Angie and Dean Davis and children, Skyler Martin, Cameron, Brennen, and Zoe Davis of Pearisburg, Russell (Rusty) and Bridget Newby and children, Sydney Fields and Laney Newby of Narrows, VA, Randy, Hilary, and Ryan Newby of Wytheville, VA and many other special nieces and nephews. Minor and his wife also baby sat many other children over the years including Angie, Rusty, Travis, Skyler, Scott Welcher, Lisa Welcher Ferguson and many others whom they treated like their own. It wasn’t unusual to stop by his house at lunch time and find him home eating lunch with one of the kids sitting on his lap. He was very much loved by all his “kids”. He has two grandchildren Cheryl Spangler McClellan (Jeff) of Christiansburg and Angie Spangler Eads (Chris) of Pearisburg, four great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law Billy and Hogie Bowles of Pearisburg, a sister Evelyn Bowles Echols of Blacksburg, a brother-in-law Ray Epperly of Shawsville, four sisters-in-law Ruby Hypes of Charlottesville, Edna Martin of Dublin, Eleanor Newby of Pearisburg, and Joyce Longrie and husband Frank Longrie of Pearisburg.
Minor proudly served his country in the U S Army during the Korean Conflict in Germany in the tank division. Minor worked for VDOT in Montgomery County for many years, starting out as a worker and equipment operator and advancing to Superintendent. The family lived in the Elliston community for many years before moving to Pearisburg in 1973 when he transferred as the superintendent of the state department for VDOT for Giles County. He retired from that position in 1991. Minor loved to fish and watch NASCAR races, but foremost he was a devoted family man who enjoyed taking care of his family and home. He was a very loving and humble man who never said an unkind word about anyone, and was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in the family and his surrounding neighbors. The family would like to thank the New River Valley Hospice, Dr. Boone, Dr. Rotche and the Blue Ridge Cancer Care Center, his special Hospice nurses, Pastor Shahn Wilburn and Amy Ratcliffe Butler for their many special visits and all the prayer and visits from his neighbors and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 11, 2012, at Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, VA with Pastor Shahn Wilburn and Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 12 to 2 pm before the service. Interment will follow at Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.