OBITUARY OF RICHARD J. BOWLES Richard Joseph Bowles was born on May 23, 1929 to Leo Thomas and Margaret Mead Bowles in Jacksonville, Florida. He passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the age of 84. A private service and burial will be held at the convenience of his family. Waters and Hibbert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He was a 1952 graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with specialty in Real Estate and Insurance. Instead of pursuing a career in Real Estate or Insurance, he entered the seminary of St. Mary's College in St. Mary, Kentucky followed by St. John's Seminary in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated with an MDiv from St. John's Seminary in 1961. He was ordained on February 19, 1961 and served as a priest in the Diocese of St. Augustine. In 1975, he served as a priest of the newly formed Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee.
Special gratitude is expressed to his niece, friends and Church family who continued to care and show concern for him as he struggled with various physical ailments over the years.