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Larry "Allen" Bowman

12/21/1960 - 09/08/2022


Obituary For Larry "Allen" Bowman

Larry Allen Bowman, 61, of Black Mountain, NC passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Allen was born in Hickory, NC on Wednesday, December 21, 1960, to the late Larry A. Bowman and Marian Elizabeth George.

Allen was a child of God and a long- time member of the Salvation Army in Hickory NC. He never met a stranger and was loved by all who knew him. He enjoyed good food, music, dancing, fast cars, and was quite the lady’s man. There is no doubt he loved all things Alabama Crimson Tide, Roll Tide Roll. Allen was a member of the US Air Force from October 1981 until October 1985. Afterwards, he worked many years at IFH as a 3rd shift Supervisor and at Auto Sports detailing cars.

Allen is survived by his children; Amanda Hanson (Paul), Chase Bowman (Danielle), and Colby Bowman; sister, Debbie Walker (O.H.) and brother, Ray Bowman (Sharon); and grandchildren, Hudson and Harper Perry. Allen is also survived by his former caregiver and best friend, Debra Smith.

A private burial of the urn will take place at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery.

The family is very grateful to the NC State Veterans Home Black Mountain NC and Debra Smith, his former Caregiver, for their love and support during his battle with Alzheimer’s.

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  • 09/13/2022

    What can i say(Big Al) I have known you for a long time. And always my friend as teenagers and my supervisor at IFH for many years. We shared a lot of good times together and you was always there for me. I sure loved you Big Al

  • 09/12/2022

    To Debbie, Ray and family - so sorry for your loss. Allen was a great guy! We loved Allen! We all played in the band at the Salvation Army!! We all had a lot of good times together. We will miss you Allen!! I know you're with the Father! Say hello to your mom!! She was awesome!! We Love Marion!! We will see you again!!

  • 09/11/2022

    Allen I will always remember that "John Travolta" picture of you from back in your hayday. That is a classic! Rest peaceful with Angels.

  • 09/11/2022

    Allen was a special man who loved unconditionally. He especially loved his children. Allen was a true mama's boy, born on our Mother's birthday. He lived life to the fullest and was always happy. When our Mom was still alive he loved going to her house during the holidays to eat, he could eat a LOT and continued to go back for additional servings. He also love potato chips! He would eat all of Mom's potato chips, blow up the empty bag with air, and put it back on top of the fridge. The common theme here is he LOVED.

  • 09/10/2022

    To the entire Bowman family my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Allen was a very special person and a wonderful friend we had so many great memories in our younger days. Allen's memory will forever be with me. Much love to you all, Kristal Cansler

  • 09/10/2022

    It was an honor and a privilege to care for Allen. He truly lit up my world with joy, love, and laughter. We done so many fun things together and I wouldn't have wanted anyone else along beside me. I always tried to let him see the special man he was. My heart breaks that he is gone but I have peace knowing he is finally at peace. I love you Debbie, and thank you for taking such good care of your brother. He couldn't have asked for a better sister! My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all who loved him. Debbie

  • 09/10/2022

    Allen was very sweet and I enjoyed spending time with him and Debbie Doodle (his care taker) and I was proud to have him as a brother in law. We all took a few trips together to visit friends and he and I had a little inside joke about being all jacked up on mountain dew. He would laugh so hard when I would say this to him. He is definitely going to be missed. Rest in peace my sweet friend. love you Sharon

  • 09/09/2022

    I was one of Alan's nurses at the Veterans home. My sincere condolences to all who loved him. I will miss caring for him, but I am thankful he is at peace.

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