July 31, 1957 ~ May 19, 2019

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Michael Vincent Bowman, 61, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of Kathleen Burgess Bowman and the late Benjamin Paul Bowman, Jr.

He was a self-employed Heavy Equipment Operator but was well known as a collector and entrepreneur of sorts. He was a true believer that what some people saw as trash, he saw as treasure. He built a successful business and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. Michael never met a stranger. He loved God, his country and most of all his family and friends.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Susan Lawson Bowman, and his siblings, Jeffrey Bowman (Cappy), Sherry Shelton (Jack), Teresa Cole (George) and Sandra Watkins (Steve), and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be at 5:00 p.m. Thursday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity.


Memorial Service: May 23, 2019 5:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Room: Chapel

Visitation: May 23, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Room: Chapel

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  1. Susie… I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He has always felt like a member of our family. We had gone to school together and even worked together for years. He was a good friend and he will truly be missed. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and the Bowman family. Sending you all love and hugs…

  2. Susan, I am so sad to hear about Mike. He was such a wonderful man, and will be missed by all. If you ever need to talk, I’m here. I know exactly what you’re going thru. Love you sweet lady.


    • I never saw Mike without a smile on his face, and a kind word from mouth. Truely just a nice guy!! So Sad to hear of his passing!!

  3. Many prayers for the family and friends. He was a great man and I am blessed to have known him. Gods speed Bowman. Ride to glory my friend

  4. To the Bowman family & friends. Our family is praying that peace and solace finds yall. I hope you find comfort in us your friends on your bad days and smiles and laughs on your good days. Mike Bowman is a man that touched my life in more ways then I have words to describe. I can guarantee I will never open a red and white can again with out saying a prayer and remembering his name and be apart of keeping his memory alive. Susie I hope you know my family is here for you and yours as You two have been for mine.

  5. Susie I meet u a couple of times once at Wendy’s in biltmore . I no mike loved u dearly it showed . Thoughts and prayers out to u and your family

  6. He was a shining star where ever he went, his smile was as wonderful as he was. He was always Kind. We will miss him. Prayers for his precious Wife and Family, & Friends! Rest In Peace Mike. 🌹

  7. No words are adequate to describe how sad we felt upon hearing the news of Mike’s passing. A staple in our family for so many years. We pray for his wife Susie, and for his entire family and friends (which were so many). Rest in Peace, Mike. Never met a more friendly, and loving soul!

  8. Susan,

    Mike was a joy to be around and will be missed by all of us at the Forest Service. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  9. I remember it seemed you were a broken arm forever. My love and thoughts are for Susie and family. Old friend I’ll never forget.

  10. We are so sorry to hear of Mikes’s passing. We are Praying for all the Family and Friends.

  11. Susie I’m truly sorry for your loss! I will never forget all the great times we all had together. He had and still has many friends and my condolences go out to you and the family! He definitely left a mark no matter where he went. My prayers are with and my heart hurts for you! Lots of hugs coming your way, as always I’m here if you need anything😢 ❤

  12. We have truly lost a beautiful soul…. I never saw Mike without a smile on his face and a kind word on his lips. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Ride high my sweet friend! You will truly be missed.

  13. Very Sorry for your loss. Mike was a great guy knew him most of his life. Always a pleasure to be around. My best to the family.

  14. He was absolutely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met and Im so very sorry..My prayers are with the family..

  15. Susie we are so sorry for loss !
    Mike is one in a million a great friend that we will remember his smiling face
    Praying for you and the family
    God’s blessings

  16. You, my friend, will be missed. I remember the young man from high school. You have always been a gentle soul . Fly high, Mike…

  17. Susie, I Am So Sorry To Hear The Sad News,,,Mike Was A Great Guy n You Will Be In My Prayers In The Coming Days! Sending Big Hugs To You! RIP Mike! My Heart Breaks For You!

  18. I’m so sorry for your loss Susie. He was such a good friend and boss. His laugh and personality will never be forgotten. Sending prayers to you.

  19. Rip Mike prayers to Susan family and all of his friends. My god be with you through these hard times. He was a great person and a good friend !

  20. Susan, we are so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. We thought the world of him. You and your family will be in our prayers. Love you,

  21. Mike was a great man,!! I’m sorry for your loss Susie and all of Mike’s friends.. there’s no replacement! ❤️

  22. Susan, we are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We thought the world of him. We are thinking of you and your family. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love you,

  23. Susie, Kat, and the Entire Bowman Family,

    Words cannot describe the sympathy that I have for you all. Mike was my “brother from a different mother” and will continue to be forever. I will always cherish the memories of our times together, especially the Easters and other holidays that y’all spent with me when I lived on the coast. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Susie…I will always love you and Mike and be here for you.

  24. I am sad and shocked to hear this. As everyone has said Mike truly was a good man with a awesome personality, always looked happy and always had something good to say. He will be missed!

  25. So sorry to here about Mike. Always so kind and treated you like his best friend. I will think of him when going down the river road – how of you saw Him and honked he would throw up a arm in Greetings before he even looked to see who it was (and mostly he never looked anyway). What a great loss

  26. Such an overwhelming loss for everyone who knew Mike. He brought joy to everyone he met and knew. He was definitely one of a kind! We were all blessed to know him. Susie, my heart and prayers go out to you. Been there. Just know and trust you will learn to breathe again, in your own time. I have known Mike and his family for nearly 60 years, they have also been my family. I wish peace and comfort for each of you as you make this journey. God bless you all.

  27. I only met Mike through his wife’s admiration, love, and appreciation for having him in her life and heart. Susie, you’ll have to tell us a few more stories when you are ready. God holds you close. 💕

  28. There are no words, our hearts are broken, Mike was one of a kind and will never be forgotten.We love you Susie.

  29. Susie my heart and prayers go out to to you. Mike was loved by everyone who knew him. He gave of himself everyday and was always there when needed.He was a bright light and now he is a shining star, watching over us. I was blessed to call him my friend and brother. Much love… Nancy

  30. Mrs. Bowman and Family,

    While working at EA, I grew to know and love your family and visiting your home full of love and laughter. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know each of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  31. Mike, you will truly be missed. Your great smile, your awesome attitude and your kindness to everyone. Rest in Peace, Bowman!

  32. Mike’s sister Sandra was my best friend in High School and I can recall the first time I met Mike pulling up on his motorcycle with his helmet that stated “Helmet Laws Suck” – he said welcome to the family and gave me a big hug. He truly had a heart of gold. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

  33. Teresa, I am so sorry for your loss. I just recently met Mike but it seemed like we had known each other forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you

  34. So sorry to hear this. Worked with Mike for many years and he always was polite, respectful with a smile on his face. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. God only takes the best. Our prayers are with family and friends during this difficult time.

  35. One day in the late 1970’s Michael stopped at my driveway in Bent Creek and opened the door of his Garbage truck and out came my dog, he said every time he ran his route my dog would follow his truck. He said he felt sorry for her and let her start riding up front with him. This is the kind hearted friend and neighbor Michael was. You will be dearly missed Susan my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  36. Mike, Thanks for all you did and the example you set. You were a great guy and friend to all. We will miss you.

  37. Mike was a one of a kind soul. He never knew a stranger and he was friends with everyone he met. He never said a negative word about anyone and I couldn’t imagine anyone would ever say anything bad about Mike. My heart hurts. The world has lost an amazing man. My thoughts, prays, and love stay with his lovely wife Susie. He loved her so much.

  38. A one of a kind student who kept me on my toes. Smart, his own person, a joy to have taught. I am sad that we lost a true free spirit. The sun is dimmer.

  39. Ride on my brother Bowman I will always remember our trips to Rockingham Bristol all the Harley drags and our time to ride free great friend great man you will be surely missed by many people

  40. Susie,
    Mike was one of a kind, he always had a fun story to tell and always said what was on his mind which was a great quality.

    We were always glad to see him and sure will miss him!
    We love ya Susie!
    Randy Patti and Ren

  41. Mike was one of a kind, always with a story to tell and a smile on his face. Right or wrong he always said what was on his mind.

    We were always happy to see him from driving the family to our wedding in a blizzard to recent times.

    Saddened by the news- we love you Susie!
    Randy Patti and Ren

  42. Susie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Mike always treated me like part of your family and as a friend…one of my fond memories is when we went to the beach and he was so mad about your car being towed for no reason. .He was furious but then he decided to do a little payback.. he kept calling the tow truck people over and over to come to the hotel for a fake tow to just waste their gas and get even ….as he watched and laughed his butt off….that is who he was..sometimes turning a bad situation into a funny one…

  43. Susan , Im so sorry and shocked to hear about Mike.I seen him a few weeks ago and adk about you, I never imagined I would be contacting you this way…My heart goes out to you and i praying for all the family….he was truly an amazing and lucky man .Im lucky to have known him let me know if i can do anything.. I do love you so…shirley

  44. Such a wonderful person…… he will be missed by everyone …..never met a stranger ,, truly , truly a brother….
    R . I . P . ……..

  45. Susan, I can’t tell you how sorry I am for the loss of Mike. Cecil and I always enjoyed seeing him. He was always so warm and friendly. My sympathy goes out to you, especially since I know all too well how hard this will be. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. – Phyllis Hutchins

  46. my thoughts and prayers go out for Michael and his family, he was a wonderful person and always had a smile for everyone and I was honored to call him my friend, he will be missed. Gloria Cole

  47. Mike was truly a friend to my husband when he worked at Hyder Waste. The stars are brighter now – we are gonna miss you Mike! May God Bless the family. With love, Pam & Randy Price

  48. Susan we are so very sorry about Mike. Every time I ever saw him he had a big smile and a kind word. If you need us for anything do not hesitate to call. Love you.

  49. I knew Mike since he was a kid running around Bent Creek. I always thought of him as a good friend. I’m glad I got to spend some time with him in the last few years. Mike, you will be missed.

  50. I will truly miss my Bowman hug and smile he gave every time he greeted you. He always made you feel welcomed whether you were local or not. He was a truly good hearted person. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Susie. “Ride High”

  51. Susie and Family, I’m so very sorry to hear about Mike. He was such a kind and generous guy, and I was lucky to know him. He will certainly be missed. Sending you my condolences and best wishes.

  52. The Bowman Family is such a special Family. Mike never met a stranger. Please know each and everyone of you are in our prayers. Mike will be missed.

  53. Thinking of each of you during this difficult time. I love you Teresa and I am praying and sending hugs and love.

  54. I can find no other words to describe this wonderful man that hasn’t already been said. I will miss your happy face when I would come in from Charleston. Always a big smile and open arms waiting for me. If more people were even close to being like you, what a great place earth would be. Tears for all the family and friends.
    “Biker” Barbara

  55. Susie, I am so sorry for you and the whole family’s loss. Mike was a great person to be around. He will be deeply missed by everyone.

  56. I have great childhood memories with Mike growing up in Bent Creek. He was always a great guy and never had an enemy in the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan and all his loved ones. I will always remember Mike.

  57. my friend and a great person my life is better because I knew him went to high school with him god bless him and his family I am going to miss him always had a smile on his face love ya buddy

  58. Susan, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. Know that you and your family are in the thoughts and prayers of many. Mike was such a wonderful man, and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was truly a joyful human being; always quick with a warm smile and welcoming embrace. Tim and I so deeply appreciate all he did for our parents over the years.
    May God’s peace be with you and your family.

  59. He was a good neighbor and a good friend always welling to help other he well be miss Susan if you anything fell free to call day or night God Bless you and the family

  60. Mike was a true friend and mentor to myself and many others he will never be forgotten! To Mike’s family my thoughts and prayers are with you

  61. Suzie, my heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family, you’re in our thoughts and prayers. I will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person. I was honored and blessed to know such a beautiful soul. May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. He’ll be forever in our hearts and truly missed by many. Ride high, my friend!

  62. Susie, Sherry, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mikey B. as I have called him for years on top of years. He was truly a good man and an amazing friend. I will miss his smile and the 30 minute visit oh about every 6wks or so. (That was when I was cutting his hair.) Mike never failed to mention Susie or his Mom always letting me know how you both were getting along. His family was very important to him. Friends equally important.
    I am going to miss you Mikey ride free, your light will always shine. Love you as a little brother and friend forever.. RIP

  63. Buddy and I have learned to love the entire Bowman family. You are all in our prayers, that God will place his arms around you and bring peace. Your love for Michael and his love for you will always be in your heart.

  64. To the man with a heart of gold and the mind of Fred Sanford. I grew up in Bent Creek and have known Mike I think since 1967 when we were maybe 10 and 11 years old. We were best friends growing up along with CJ Motley, Robbie McAfoos, Thomas Grieves, Henry Fisher and others. I can remember the first time I saw him playing with Robbie McAfoos, that lived next door to him, in their Army fatigues and the last time I saw him on my birthday the day before his death. Mike dropped by and brought me a print he and Susie made from a photo I had taken of my hand holding a silver dollar his dad had given him that he has carried until all the embossing has worn away and the coin is smooth and thin. I’m sure many of you have not only seen that coin he was so proud of but held it as well. We built chopper bicycles as kids and later motorcycles in his garage. His family always treated me like a son and a brother. You are truly one of a kind and are truly missed.

  65. Deepest condolences to this precious family. The Sargent family adored this beautiful soul…Rip Mike know you are deeply cherished and loved.

  66. Mike was maybe in 2nd grade when the Milhaupt family moved to Bent Creek in 1966. His sister Sherry & I were good friends & I knew his entire family. We lost contact but reconnected in recent years thru my brother’s, Jeff & Jack. We would often run into Mike at Stone Ridge Tavern.
    Mike took us to his shop to show us his collections. Then he introduced us to Shakeys for a cold can of Bud. We hung out & reminisced for hours. He was the same sweet, easy going Mike with his perpetual smile. Everyone knew him. Everyone loved him. My deepest condolences go to Susie, whom I regret I never got to meet & the entire Bowman family.

  67. Mike and I would walk home from grade school and play in his mom and dad back yard ride bikes all around west asheville trade pop bottles at mays market then go buy candy and stuff at frenches we lost touch but our pathes crossed quite often and we would remember of our childhood memories mike was always a great guy love you see you later sorry for your loss Kathy and family

  68. Everybody’s lost a good friend. I grew up with Mike in Bent Creek and can’t believe he’s gone, but he was doing what he loved doing and one day we’ll all be with him and riding forever! Prayers to his family! Greek

  69. I have known Mike all of my life and even worked around him. He always had a smile and you would smile every time you seen him. He was a genuine and heartfelt man. I’m happy to have known him and appreciate him for being an outstanding man. Thank you for always making me smile.

  70. So, so sorry and sad to hear of Mike’s passing. I went to elementary school with Mike and our paths crossed again a couple of years ago. He was the same happy, smiling, friendly Mike I remember from from school. He will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Susie, family and friends.

  71. Words cannot express the loss of such a wonderful man. Praying for comfort for Susan and his family. We’ve got a hole in our hearts and will miss his smile.

  72. Mike was the first person I met when I moved to Asheville just over a year ago. He welcomed me and quickly became a close friend and mentor. We shared jokes and a love for music. He helped me in multiple times of need, he gave advice and guidance, and he provided endless laughs and smiles. I am so thankful for the good times and for his friendship! I only knew Mike a short time but his impact will last a lifetime! There aren’t enough words to describe what an amazing man he was. He will be missed immensely.

    I send my deepest condolences to Susie and all of Mike’s friends and family. You will all be in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.

  73. Susan we are so sorry for your loss. Mike will be truly missed. Our uncle Jay (LJ) thought the world of him too. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Teresa and the entire family.

    Lisa & Clement and David & Dawn Creasman

  74. Mike was literally my oldest friend. Our sisters, Sherry and Debbie, shared a birthday and went to kindergarten together at St Joan, so we were about 3 years old when we met. We shared comic books in his closet on Maple Crescent and hid from Teresa in the tree house. Both of our families moved to Bent Creek and the fun continued. He threw rocks at my window on his way home from scouts. We rolled yards on Halloween. We watched Mount St Helens blow at his place. Daryl and I ran into him a few weeks ago at Stone Ridge. We’ve been out of town and I was so shocked to hear of his passing. A little piece of my heart went with him.My love and prayers for the family.

  75. Susie, I am so sorry you are having to go through this. I can’t even imagine …
    Mike was a wonderful guy! He was so good to mom too. You are in my prayers. Please, if i can do anything, let me know. Love you, Roz

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