Gerald Bowers, age 79, of Johnson City, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at the Specialty Select in Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, TN.
Mr. Bowers was a native of Superior, West Virginia, but lived most of his life in Johnson City. He was a son of the late William Greenbury and Laura Buchanan Bowers.
Mr. Bowers was a United States Air Force Veteran, serving during the Korean War, and was a member of the Johnson City V.F.W. He was of the Baptist Faith.
Mr. Bowers was known as a kind and loving family man.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Bowers is preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Burl Bowers.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ida M. Bowers, of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy Bowers Miller and husband, James, Asheville, NC, Patricia Bowers Wright and husband, Edwin, Clinton, TN, Vicky Bowers Sanders and husband, Terry, Jonesborough, TN; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Bill C. Bowers and wife, Rita, Powell, TN. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
The graveside funeral service for Mr. Bowers will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 26, 2011, at the Mountain Home National Cemetery with Rev. Tommy Clark officiating. Those who wish to attend the graveside are asked to meet at the cemetery at 1:50 P.M. Active pallbearers will be Justin and Jordan Sanders, Jared Miller, Brian Mills, Ken Robinson and Kim Mills.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the healthcare team of the Specialty Select at Bristol Regional Medical Center for their compassionate care.
Those who prefer memorial contributions may do so to the American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004; or the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Rd., # 102, Johnson City, TN 37601-2060;, or to a charity of your choice.
Memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Bowers Family. (423) 928-6111