Winston Williams Bowling
Winston Williams Bowling, 89, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on Oct. 13, 2013.
He was born in Berea, Ky., to Floyd Bowling, a native of Kentucky, and Gladys Williams Bowling, a piano teacher from England.
Mr. Bowling spent most of his childhood in Big Creek, Ky., and he graduated from Berea High School, a boarding school associated with Berea College. At age 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe during World War II with the Headquarters 3261 Signal Corp of the 65th Signal Battalion. He was decorated with two bronze stars.
For many years, he participated in annual Army reunions and compiled newsletters, which are now housed in the Albert Gore Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University and in The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, La.
After the war, Mr. Bowling earned his undergraduate degree from Berea College and a Master's Degree of Business Administration from Indiana University.
In June 1962, he purchased a paint store in Murfreesboro from J.T. Hoover and retained the name Hoover Paint Store. He operated this store with his beloved wife, Billie Jo Welch Bowling, until passing the operations to his son, Tim.
Mr. Bowling was an amazing family man of strong faith and unquestionable integrity. He enjoyed serving customers, flying airplanes, and hosting various hiking groups on the trails he created and maintained on the family farm near Monterey, Tenn.
He was a faithful member of North Boulevard Church of Christ for more than 50 years. Mr. Bowling was a great role model for his children and grandchildren, full of gratitude and humility. He was a blessing to so many.
Mr. Bowling is survived by Billie Jo Bowling, his wife and love of his life for more than 55 years; his sons Raymond Bowling and his wife, Susan, of Brentwood, Tenn., Tim Bowling and his wife, Margaret, of Murfreesboro, and John Bowling and his wife, Kim, of Jacksonville, Fla.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Laura, Michael, and Rachel, of Brentwood, and Thomas, Amy, and Morgan, of Murfreesboro, as well as Sawyer and Clark, of Jacksonville.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, and Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at Woodfin Memorial Chapel.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with John Bowling officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a church or charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.woodfinchapel.com.
Woodfin Memorial Chapel