Jessie Lanier Bowers, husband of the late Mary Emma Sparks Bowers, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at the age of 83. He was born in Alleghany County on Nov. 13, 1935, the son of the late Ray William and Ida Bess Bowers. 

Mr. Bowers was a retired employee of J.P. Stevens and enjoyed woodworking and remodeling houses. 

Mr. Bowers is survived by his children, Leon Bowers, Stacy Bowers, both of Bedford, and Jessie Ray Bowers of South Boston; stepsons Everette Farriss and Eddie Farriss; brother Billy Boone of New Castle; sisters Pearl Mayo of Daleville, Wanda Whiting of Covington, Violet Paxton of Covington, Barbara Grimm of New Castle, Dorothy Bowers of Roanoke, Ruth Bowers of New Castle, Nita Campbell of Vinton and Jewel Hodges of Salem; and special grandsons, Justin Bowers, Matthew Bowers, and Nicholas Bowers. He is also survived by a host of other grandchildren, great grandchildren, other family members, special friends, and his beloved pet, CoCo. A special thanks to family friends Melonee, Malena, and Brandon for their loving care.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, from 2 – 5 p.m. at Mr. Bower’s residence. 

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The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral Home and Cremation Services, South Boston.