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08/21/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Grady Bowen

Ernest Grady Bowen, Jr.
(27 Oct 1928 - 18 Aug 2010)

Newport News High School / St. Vincent High School Class of  @ 1946

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.      Grady Bowen, Newport News High School / St. Vincent High School Class of @ 1946, passed away in Hampton on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at the age of 81.

From the Daily Press - 08/20/10:


Ernest Bowen, Jr.

    HAMPTON - Ernest "Grady" Bowen Jr., of Hampton, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at the age of 81. He was born in Newport News, Va., Oct. 27, 1928.

Having served in the Korean Conflict, Mr. Bowen was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of St. Vincent High School and attended Newport News High School. He also attended Belmont Abby College of Belmont, N.C.

Mr. Bowen was a member of Riverside Baptist Church, American Legion Post #25, and Newport News Moose Lodge #1119.

He retired in 1974 after 27 years of service as Vice-President and General Manager of Hiden Storage and Forwarding Co. Inc. He also retired in 1995 after 17 years of service as head foreman of Pier C from Virginia International Terminal.

Grady Bowen
Survivors include his beloved wife of 55 years, Doris S. Bowen; his sister, Betty B. Williams of Hampton; four nieces and six nephews.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 7415 River Road, Newport News, Va. 23607.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, off Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Va.

Riverside Altmeyer Funeral Home, Newport News, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may also be made by visiting View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from August 20 to August 22, 2010. 

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August 20, 2010
I will miss Grady. The American Legion and the community have both lost another fine person. He was such a good man. My sincere condolences to the family.
~ Shelley Turley, Newport News, Virginia

20, 2010
Dear Doris and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will sorely miss my "Grand Grady." Not only was he a dear friend of mine but he was like a father figure to me. He lived his life to the fullest and enjoyed many good years during his retirement. To me his greatest accomplishments were being a loving husband, brother, uncle and friend. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.


~ Teresa Keesling, James City County, Virginia

20, 2010

Dear Doris and Betty and family,
I am so sorry that we have all lost Grady. Unfortunately, I will not be able to join you for his services, but know that Mary and I will remember him in our prayers.
Grady was a very close friend for more than 60 years and I will miss my luncheon outings with him when I make my visits back home. He was a great friend and a fine human being.

~ Bernie Curran

20, 2010
Although it has been a long time since I had seen Grady, I do have found memories of him. Rest in peace friend
~ Roni Meador, Virginia

22, 2010
Uncle Grady, you were an amazing man and a great uncle. You were always so happy and ready to tell one of your many jokes. I am sure that's what your doing right now as I type this message. I will miss you dearly. Love you always, Amy

~ Amy Porter, Surry, Virginia

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  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Bowen family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

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at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
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