Charles C. Bowlin
Born January 8, 1925 • Went to be with our Lord on Friday, April 23, 2010
Charles C. Bowlin, of Monroeville, died Friday, April 23, 2010. Beloved husband 63 years to Lavona (Barnett) Bowlin; loving father of Shari Raymond; loving grandfather of Richard and Chanda Raymond; great-grandfather of Zachary, Jordan and Samantha Raymond, of Wisconsin. Charles served in the Army in England, France and Germany until the end of World War II.
He started out working for Holland Furnace Company where he achieved the honor of membership on their "All-Time Great Board", an accomplishment attained by only ten men, over the company's 50 year history. He eventually started his own company, Bowlin General Contracting.
He was an international director for the "Full Gospel Business Men International" and traveled, spoke and taught God's Word in the U.S., Canada and Costa Rica. In April of 1980, he organized 7,000 Christians from Western Pennsylvania to travel to Washington, D.C., to parade and pray on the Mall on "Washington For Jesus Day". Charles was the administrator of "The Greater Pittsburgh Charismatic Conference" for many years, where many well known Christian teachers, ministers and singers from throughout the world ministered there for the conference, and was also co-chairman of the Billy Graham Crusade at Three Rivers Stadium in 1993. In 1998, he was ordained by the Full Gospel Assemblies International.
He loved people, enjoyed joking, making people happy and giving to help churches and those in need. He will fit right in, in Heaven.
NO VISITATION. Friends are invited to attend a memorial Praise and Worship Service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Church, Rillton Road, Sutersville. Arrangements by the JOBE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES INC., MONROEVILLE/PLUM CHAPEL, corner of Beatty Road and 48 North, Monroeville, 412-856-4747.
Obituary: Charles C. Bowlin / Contractor and charismatic Christian leader
Jan. 8, 1925 - April 23, 2010
April 26, 2010 12:00 AM By Pohla Smith Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Shari Raymond remembers watching her father, Charles C. Bowlin, pile dozens of sweatshirts and jeans on a store checkout counter. She asked him what he was doing, since he always dressed in suits.
"He said, 'There are a lot of homeless people, and they don't have clothes to wear,' " she said. Mr. Bowlin paid for the clothes and made sure they were distributed to people in need. Other times, his widow Lavona recalled, he bought bags of apples or potatoes or other foodstuffs in bulk and put them in front of a church where the needy could get them.
"He was a giver," said Mrs. Raymond, of Genoa City, Wis. "He did this all the time. He was always doing it."
Mr. Bowlin, 85, of Monroeville, who owned Bowlin General Contracting, died of undetermined cause Friday, several weeks after a fall.
A charismatic Christian who was ordained by the Full Gospel Assemblies International in 1998, Mr. Bowlin traveled, spoke and taught Bible studies both locally and across the United States, as well as in Canada and Costa Rica, his family and friends said.
"He loved to share the Lord with people," said the Rev. George Stockhowe of Virginia Beach, Va., who was formerly Mr. Bowlin's pastor at St. Martin's Episcopal (now Anglican) Church in Monroeville. "He taught many adults; he taught adult Bible classes, especially on the work of the Holy Spirit."
He also did all the necessary repairs and improvements needed at St. Martin's, Rev. Stockhowe said.
"He was a very generous man and enjoyed his friends. He really enjoyed teaching the Bible," said Norma Bixler, of Harrison City. Mrs. Bixler met Mr. and Mrs. Bowlin in the '70s at regular Sunday evening services that her late husband, the Rev. Russell Bixler, had in Pittsburgh for people of all denominations.
Mr. Bowlin did behind-the-scenes work for several large charismatic organizations and conferences. He was an international director for the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International and administrator of the Greater Pittsburgh Charismatic Conference. In April 1980, he organized the travel of 70,000 Western Pennsylvania Christians to Washington, D.C., to parade and pray on the Mall for Washington for Jesus Day. He also was co-chairman of the Billy Graham Crusade at Three Rivers Stadium in 1993.
In addition to his widow and daughter, he is survived by two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial praise and worship service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at The Church on Rilton Road in Sutersville.