Reverend Hampton Austin Bowens Sr. was born in Gilmer, Texas on December 11, 1925, and departed this life on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 3:00 am in the Midland Memorial Hospital.
Wake services will be held from 6:30pm until 8:00pm on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home Chapel in Crane.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Crane. Burial will follow in the Sunset Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Shaffer-Nichols Funeral Home.
Reverend Bowens was a WWII Veteran where he served in the U.S. Navy. He attended Butler College and Bishop College and earned his Doctrine through correspondence courses.
Reverend Bowens came to Crane in 1950. He was ordained into the ministry in 1953, after which he pastored several churches: Bethlehem in Fort Stockton, Texas, Mt. Zion in Ozona, Texas, Ebenezer in Lamesa, Texas, Mt. Zion in Crane, Texas, while overseeing Mt. Olive in Alpine, Texas. The last church that he pastored was Faith Missionary Baptist church in Kermit, Texas.
Reverend Bowens was a God fearing man and a devoted servant of the Lord and of man. If anyone ever needed any type of help he was there whether it was praying for or visiting the sick, comforting the bereaved, or chauffeuring people from point Ã¢â¬ÅAÃ¢â¬Â to point Ã¢â¬ÅBÃ¢â¬Â. He helped whenever and wherever he was needed. Reverend Bowens repaired homes for anyone needing help; no job was ever too much for him to tackle. He loved people and had compassion for them.
He lived by Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all of thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Leaving to cherish his memories; wife: Bucilla Bowens of Crane, TX; two sisters: Dillian King of Longview, TX, Palie Lee Richardson of California; Sons: Hampton Bowens, Jr. (Rose) of Dallas, TX, Jimmy R. Abron (Evelyn) of Houston, TX, George A. Bowens (Barbara) of Abilene, TX; Daughters: Eunice Faye Travis of Richmond, VA, Dianna Abron of Odessa, TX, Dororthy Brown of Crane, TX, Joyce M. Williams of Kermit, TX, and Carol E. Davis of Round Rock, TX; and seven generations of grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, friends, and loved ones.