William Roscoe "Shine" Bowers, age 96, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2010 in Salem, Virginia.
He was born in Washington County, Virginia, a son of the late John William and Mary Catherine Bowers. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Rose Bowers; one son, Tony Dale Bowers; step mother, Georgia Pearl Bowers; three brothers, Edgar Lee Bowers, James Clarence "Page" Bowers and John William "Tobe" Bowers and four sisters, Daisy Marie Harley, Nora Pearl Harley, Nellie Delores Anderson and Katherine Ruth Dowell.
Survivors include two sons, Guy Bowers and wife, Betty of Salem, VA and Roger Bowers and wife, Jeanne of Salem; two daughters, Sharon Rasnake and husband, Sammy of Salem and Phyllis Wood and husband, Danny of Wise, VA; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Elvin "Nub" Bowers, Ralph "Willy" Bowers and Jackie "Tuff" Bowers and seven sisters, Ethel Dickenson, Eva Moore, Margaret Nash, Betty Watson, Faye Roark, Ann Roark and Carolyn Tomlinson.
Shine lived all of his life in Bristol, VA and was a faithful long time member of Scenic Park Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. He worked hard all of his life as a farmer, carpenter and gardener. He was plain spoken and will always be remembered for his sense of humor, his quick wit and his love for people and music. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Rev. Clarence Dishman and Rev. Scott Price officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Lynn Sproles, Stan Cook, Steve Lovins, Larry Haga, Larry Nash and Cliff Ginger. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Syed Haider and office staff in Salem, VA and Ruth Nash, R.N. of Amedisys Hospice.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon.
Flowers are welcome or those who prefer may make a memorial contribution to Wellmont Hospice House, 280 Steele's Road, Bristol, VA 37620.