2018-08-22 / Obituaries

Harold Merritt Bowes, Sr.

THURSTON COUNTY, WA -— Harold Merritt Bowes, Sr., age 75, a longtime resident of Thurston County, Washington, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington surrounded by his wife, children and grandsons. 

Harold was born at home in Roxboro, on Sept. 5, 1942 to Willie Ellis and Susie Mae (Walker) Bowes. Harold was the second of five children. He had two brothers and two sisters. Harold attended school in the Person County School District. Beginning as a child, Harold worked with his family in their tobacco fields in rural Person County. 

In 1964, Harold was drafted by the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1965, he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington where he met Geraldine Sue Fredericks at the Evergreen Ballroom in Olympia, Washington.  Harold proposed to Geraldine two weeks after meeting her. The couple was married on April 16, 1966 in Yelm, Washington after Harold returned from Vietnam. 

Harold worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years until a back injury forced him to retire. Harold enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching/coaching/playing sports, reading Louis L’Amour Westerns, playing his banjo and gardening. Harold will be remembered as a kind, gentle soul who loved his family very much. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Harold will be deeply missed by his family and friends. 

Harold is survived by his wife of 52 years, Geraldine Sue Bowes (Fredericks) of Lacey, Washington; son, Harold Merritt Bowes, Jr. (Merlita) of Lacey, Washington; daughter, Holly Dawn Clark (Roger) of Tenino, Washington;  Grandsons, Cody Gene Clark of Olympia, Washington; Connor Merritt Clark, of Chehalis, Washington; Camren Ellis Ammasi Bowes and Chase Alfredo Ammasi Bowes, both of Lacey, Washington and Great-Grandson, Kayde Emery Merritt Clark, of Olympia, Washington; his mother,  Susie Mae Bowes Seamster, of Roxboro, North Carolina; brother, James (Red) Ellis Bowes, of Roxboro, North Carolina; two sisters, Shirley Mae Wilson, of Burlington, North Carolina and Linda Marie Bowes, of Haw River, North Carolina. In addition, Harold is survived by several extended family members in both Washington State and North Carolina. 

Harold was preceded in death by his father, Willie Ellis Bowes and oldest brother, William Tex Bowes. Per Harold’s wishes, no memorial service or funeral will be held.

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