My Dad’s Picture at 18 years old. Humble beginning to a self-made man. Always my inspiration. I miss him.

Harrell H. Bowman, Sr., at 18 years old, leaving Bowman, Arkansas, to serve his country in WWII, where he met my Mom. It was the first time he'd ever owned or worn a suit. He was so proud. He inspired me to write, to sing, to be the person I am. Everyone loved Harry Bowman. That is what everyone says ... still ... he's been in heaven for 15 years. We all miss him so very much.
Harrell H. Bowman, Sr., at 18 years old, leaving Bowman, Arkansas, to serve his country in WWII, where he met my Mom. It was the first time he’d ever owned or worn a suit. He was so proud. He inspired me to write, to sing, to be the person I am. Everyone loved Harry Bowman. That is what everyone says … still … he’s been in heaven for 15 years. We all miss him so very much.

7 thoughts on “My Dad’s Picture at 18 years old. Humble beginning to a self-made man. Always my inspiration. I miss him.

  1. Hello, my name is Jesse Vaughan. I am from Memphis. My great grandmother was Ruby Pearl Bowman from Bowman, AR. My grandfather Gerald Eugene Vaughan died in 1975 before I was born. I was wondering if you knew anything about Ruby or her life. I understand Amos Bowman was my great great grandfather, and that he and/or his father ran a cotton gin in Bowman. If you have any info please contact me.

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    1. Jesse, very intrigued by this.Bowman, AR, where my father was born, is very small indeed. I have not heard of Ruby or Amos, but my father’s mother died in childbirth, and his father passed away before I was born. I only knew his stepmother. I believe her name was Hazel. My father is also deceased and so is his half-brother, Norman Bowman. The Bowman family is of Scottish descent. My Uncle traced our roots back to Edinburgh, where the Bowmans were craftsmen, making wooden bows for hunters and warriors. My father’s mother’s surname was Hagg, also Scottish. Dad’s first name “Harrell” is Scottish as well, and he was supposed to be 100% Scottish, but born here in the United States.I know the family was in the cotton business prior to WWII.Does any of this fit your knowledge of your heritage?

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