A native of Marianna, Arkansas, he marked 50 years in the ministry in churches in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. Bro. Bowman was gifted with a wonderful singing voice, and that was a great part of his ministry. Supporting him in his ministry was his wife of 48 years, Nettie Ann Brown Bowman, who died March 9, 2003.
He is survived by a son, Stan Bowman (Danielle) of Grove Hill, Ala.; two daughters, Melissa Speer (Ben) of Lakeland, Tenn., and Karen Lynch of Conway; a brother, former Missionary Bobby Bowman (Ruth) of Conway; 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Oct. 18 at Powell Funeral Home in Bald Knob. (powellfuneralhome.net) Interment was at Carter Cemetery in Russell, Arkansas
Memorials may be made to the Baptist Trumpet, 10712 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Ark. 72209.
Pastor’s Note: Bro. Ray was a great man of God and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He pastored First Baptist Church of Mantachie 1990-1995. May his memory be long remembered.