Bannie Bowman

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Bannie Bowman

June 14, 1933 - April 25, 2010

Bannie Leroy "Bud" Bowman, died on April 25, 2010, in Walla Walla, at the age of 76 years old. He was born on June 14, 1933, to Howard Bowman and Minnie Young in El Paso, Texas. Having been raised by his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Bud gave his grandfather the credit for giving his vast knowledge of engines and anything mechanical.

Bud graduated from high school in El Paso and attended college at Austin Peay University, graduating with his bachelor's degree. He later obtained his master's degree from Vanderbilt University. Despite having polio as a child, he became a Texas state track champion as a sprinter. He was also a drum major for his high school's marching band. Throughout his life he held many occupations, many of which often surprised people. He was in the Air Force and served in the Korean War. Bud also worked as a Southern Baptist preacher, got his pilot's license and served in the Civil Air Patrol, a night mechanic during pea harvest, a combine operator, field supervisor, foster parent, and a sheriff's deputy for many years.

But his greatest passion was working with kids. A lifelong teacher, Bud taught in Tennessee and Colorado before moving to Washington state in 1968 when he started teaching and coaching at Walla Walla High School. He was also a supporter of the JROTC program at Wa-Hi. He credited the program for helping his son James turn his life around. Thirty years later he retired, only to continue teaching part-time at Jubilee Christian Academy for two years and then at Prescott High School for four years.

Bud loved coaching. He coached girl's football, girl's basketball, track, football, and finally many years of softball. He also established the fast pitch softball programs at Wa-Hi and Prescott High School. When he wasn't coaching, Bud followed the Wa-Hi football and girl's basketball teams as the "Voice of the Blue Devils" broadcasting out-of-town games for many years. During his retirement, he established the middle school fast pitch softball program for the Waitsburg-Prescott combination, volunteered with the Kiwanis Club, and was very active with the College Place Presbyterian Church. Bud loved the water and spent as much time as possible on his boat.

Bud is survived at home by his wife, Audrey Bowman; and children, Roy (Janet) Bowman of College Station, Texas, Shauna (Guinn) Unger of Houston, Texas, Robin (Clyde) Oberg of College Station, Texas, Angie (Jay) Potts of Prescott, and Bryon (Julie) Bowman, of Lynnwood, Wash. Bud is also survived by his grandchildren, Courtney, Boyce, Taylor, Kathryn, Trey, Andre, Brandon, Jake, Sarah and Paul. He is also survived by his half-brothers, Leroy (Barbara) Bowman and Leslie (Barbara) Bowman; half-sister, Linda (Jerry) Anderson; and 13 nieces and eight nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, two sisters and his son, James Bowman.

A celebration of Bud's life will be held on May 5, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the College Place Presbyterian Church. A reception will immediately follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. A private family internment will be on May 6, 2010, in the San Juan Islands.

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