William Arthur Bowman

william bowman

March 24, 1953 ~ June 25, 2024

Born in: Atlanta, GA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

William A. “Bill” Bowman passed away at his home on June 25, 2024.

He was born on March 24, 1953, in Atlanta, GA, to Louise Aderhold and Ed H. Bowman. After graduating from Ridgeview High School in Atlanta, he attended Georgia Tech and graduated with a degree in Industrial Management, followed by a masters degree.

After graduation, he worked for Touche Ross Consulting Firm, and Georgia Power Company as a business manager. During his life in Asheville, he was Director of Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain. Bill then served as associate professor at Mars Hill University, in the business department. His unique gifts and skills were applied to these varied professions, and he was recognized for his many achievements.

Throughout his life, Bill was active in Christian service and ministry to his churches. He served as deacon, Chair of Deacons, and Sunday school teacher to adults and children.

Bill loved his family’s location in Asheville because of the majestic mountains that surrounded them. He was deeply devoted to his family and prioritized family activities, such as hiking, beach time, and coaching his children’s sporting teams, including baseball and soccer. As an Eagle Scout himself, he helped his son accomplish the same goal, working as a scout leader.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Nell Graves Bowman; his daughter, Catherine; his son, Michael; brothers, Ed Bowman (Betty) and Ron Bowman (Dorothy); granddaughter, Gracelyn; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at West Asheville Baptist Church on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior to the service.


Memorial Service: July 20, 2024 11:00 am

West Asheville Baptist Church
926 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 253-9824

Visitation: July 20, 2024 10:00 am

West Asheville Baptist Church
926 Haywood Road
Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 253-9824

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. I am sad to hear of Bill’s passing. It was such an honor working for him at Ridgecrest. I am praying for the family!

  2. Praying for you Nell and the kids. Bill was a wonderful man and enjoyed serving with you both at WABC. We are praying for you!

  3. Sorry to hear about Bill, He was a very special person. We know that he is with the Lord, and are keeping you and your family in our prayers.

  4. A lovely family. Enjoyed meeting all the brothers at Mrs Bowman’s funeral.
    Prayers for Nell and family
    Jake and Marisa Grant
    Friend’s of Ron and Dorothy

  5. Bill and Nell have been a support and blessing in my life over the last twenty-five years. I am so sorry for the pain of your loss, Nell. We hold you, Catherine and Michael in the shelter of our prayers. Love, Cathy and Ken

  6. It was such a shock to hear about Bill’s passing. He was a man who really loved Jesus, and Jesus loved and knew him intimately.

    I was particularly blessed to get to know Bill over the years. We shared a common background in pursuing performance improvement in the energy utility field; I used to hang out at conferences with his Georgia Power boss. Bill and I undoubtedly attended the same large meetings but without personally connecting back then.

    When Bill was brought on at Mars Hill University as a dedicated adjunct sometime around 2010, it was a joy for me to guide and mentor him. His diligence and demeanor of excellence earned him a full time position, and when I retired, Bill became the resident expert in most of the upper level courses I had been covering.

    Our friendship grew even deeper as we regularly shared-in and out of the weekly Bible studies we´d have-the joy and insights of some special thing or other that God was showing us. And we both shouldered each other´s burden in encouraging spiritual and character growth within our respective families. We´d meet and commiserate over that up until he retired from MHU a year ago.

    I have the utmost confidence Bill heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” from Jesus himself when Bill opened his eyes on the other side.

    I´ll be praying for his wife, Nell, his son, Michael and daughter Catherine in the days ahead.

    I’m confident I’ll be seeing Bill again one day, mutually rejoicing at the amazing and wonderful things God has done!

  7. Jim & Judy Chandley, Bill was always an example of a Christian man when at Merrimon Avenue Baptist and at West Asheville Baptist. Set a good example for children!

  8. Nell,
    We are praying for you and your children. Bill was such a godly man and well liked by everyone. We miss him already.
    Praying for God’s strength in the coming days. Your church family is here for you!

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