ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our Husband, Brother, Father, Grandfather, Deacon, Friend, Veteran and Brother in Christ David Bowers 65 years old, born on February 21, 1955 and went home to be with the Lord July 27, 2020. We will remember him forever until that glorious day we are all reunited.

Please leave your memories of Dave, pictures, videos, stories or simply how he affected you and your life.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 3:00 P.M. at Heritage Free Will Baptist Church - 2395 Middleway Pike, Bunker Hill, WV
Posted by Thomas Hoffmaster on September 1, 2020
"My Man Dave" by Mary Bowers

Dave and I were junior high sweethearts, Dave was 14 and I was 13. Talking about this as time went by, we always believed that God brought us together, we just clicked, although at such a young age, we were blessed throughout our entire marriage.

Dave was a year ahead of me in school, upon his graduation from high school he enlisted in the Army in September of 1973.

Dave and I became engaged on November 24, 1973, I was a senior in high school. Dave found out at the beginning of March 1974 that he was being stationed in West Berlin, Germany, and would be there the remainder of his three-year commitment. We had always been together, so I said “you can’t go without me!” So, with our parent’s blessings, we planned a very quick wedding, gown, cake, everything you would expect in just a matter of a week. We were married on March 21, 1974, he went to Germany a few days later, and I joined him in June 1974.

The time spent in Germany was the beginning of building a strong foundation in our marriage. We were in a foreign country, with no parents or friends to run too, we had to lean on each other, which continued throughout our marriage.

Our first child, Stacie, was born in W. Berlin, Germany on October 31, 1975. Our second child, Joel, was born in Martinsburg, WV on May 17, 1979. We loved being parents, both of the kids were, and are, so special to us.

After returning to the states in September 1976, Dave acquired a job with the local phone company as a Lineman. Dave loved being a Lineman, even after retirement he would mention that he missed the job. It was there he worked for 41 plus years, retiring at the end of 2017.

Most of you knew Dave as being a quiet man, but he had such inner strength, and was such a true gentleman in every meaning of the word. My quiet giant, I have said it over and over, Dave was the bravest person I have ever known, the man absolutely was afraid of nothing. I, on the other hand, am not a brave person, he was my protector and hero, he would always keep me safe. He knew my fears and would always talk me through them, never to make fun of me at the time, but may have a little chuckle after the fact. I loved that chuckle and the twinkle he would have in his eyes. I will forever miss him by my side, My Man. 

You could ask any one of our kids or grandkids, that when Dad or Grandaddy would speak up you had better listen, there was no arguing, it was done. I remember when our older grandsons were 4 and 5, Dave and I were singing in the choir, the boys were misbehaving in the pew, Dave snapped his fingers one time and they sat straight up and didn’t make another noise. Oh, and I listened too…on occasion he would put the brakes on, but not very often.

Dave loved his family and everyone of our seven grandchildren, Brittany, Michael, Kyle, Ethan, Zachary, Alex and Adley.

I loved to hear ‘My Man’ sing, he had such a soothing voice. We have been beside each other for the better part of 25 years singing. I will forever miss him beside of me, and him coming through the house softly humming or singing one of our favorite southern gospel songs. But I was surprisingly blessed when I discovered that the church had some of his songs recorded, I will forever be able to hear his voice.

If you knew Dave and I at all, you knew we loved our mountain trips to the cabin, that was our happy place. We loved the peacefulness, and just marveling over God’s beautiful playground that He had created for all of us to enjoy. Those times were so special, just the two of us… and Bailey (a man and his dog). We cherished our time together, our quiet times, just being as one, that was so special to us.

Dave and I loved each other deeply, but more importantly we were deeply ‘in love’ with each other, which continued to grow stronger through the years. We were both very secure in our love for each other. I’m not going to tell you it was easy, but for us quitting was never an option.

Some people may think there is some big secret to lasting love. We knew that it just took two people making the choice every day to love and care for each other no matter what. And there we were, through good days and bad days after all those years, still loving one another in ways that were better than ever, and all our own.

Still when seeing him enter a room would make by heart flutter. I loved and will always love him so much, no words could ever express how deep that love is.

Although neither one of us thought this was going to happen so quickly, Dave and I both knew he was seriously sick. He ask me that I just tell that he was a good husband and father. I want to tell you that he was the best! If you knew him at all, then you know how very true that statement is and no further explanation is at all necessary.

Life is changed now, I will forever miss Dave’s touch and the sparkle in his eyes, and everything that just made him Dave.

Dave was one very special guy, and anyone that knew us knew that he was ‘My Man Dave’ and will forever be ‘My Man’. My heart is forever broken, literally Dave and I were one, half of me died with him that day. I am leaning on God through this loss, I don’t know what His plan is for this, and may never know, but I pray for peace and strength every day.

I want to leave a few thoughts with you, I know that Dave would agree:

“Don’t just spend your life with your spouse, share your life. If you aren’t doing this, you are missing out on so much joy that God has intended for you.
Never ever miss the chance to say ‘I love you’, because you may not get a chance to say goodbye. It can all be gone so quickly.”

I will forever miss you, My Man, I can’t begin to imagine my life without you.
Look for me, love of my life, for I will be there too.

All of my love, until we are together again,
Mary
8/29/20
Posted by Jeff Hollenshead on August 3, 2020
What an absolute honor it was for my family and I to have known Dave and have him as part of our lives for many years. My kids were truly blessed to have him in their lives while growing up at Heritage.  He was a rock for the church and the school.  Always there, always working, no matter what.  My prayers to Mary and the family. All that knew him was blessed beyond measure.  One of my favorite songs Dave sung was "I Can Only Imagine"  Well Dave you no longer need to imagine.  Until we meet again. 
Posted by Shari Martin on August 2, 2020
Troy and I were both saddened to hear of Dave's passing. Him and Mary did so much for Heritage, from the Valentine dinner, the kids choir, the praise team. Dave will be missed, for sure. 
Posted by Kim Himes on August 2, 2020
Such a wonderful man! Always a smile and a story to share with Brian about his lineman days. He will truly be missed.
Posted by Renee Pifer on August 2, 2020
Dave and Mary are a wonderful example of what marriage should be. Dave always had great advice. Like never stop dating your wife. He was also very funny. There will be a big hole in all our lives. We miss you Dave. I know your home with the Lord. We wish we would’ve had more time with you. We love you. From the Pifer Family
Posted by Terrie Thomas on August 2, 2020
Dave was an amazing person, always there to help, he was an awesome family man, he worship his wife and his just being alive. he will be very much missed. 
Posted by Debra Harris Lohr on August 2, 2020
Dave was one of the most loving, kind and humbled men that I have ever known.  He always had time to stop and speak or give a precious hug. I loved our conversations.
On a few occasions I would say, Dave, you are one of the kindest and most humbled men I have ever known and his reply would be. "I want to treat others as I want to be treated". Dave, you were so loved by so many. I will forever miss you. We all will. Your love and respect for God, Mary, friends and family and our church family was so beautiful. We all miss you. But this is not goodbye, it is we will see you soon. I love you my precious brother in Christ.
Posted by Butch Chaney on August 1, 2020
Dave was one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever known. He will be truly missed & im praying for comfort & peace for his precious family.
Posted by Kim Lovejoy on August 1, 2020
Dave always had a smile, and a good story to tell you. He loved helping Ms. Mary with the kids in all of the plays/musicals/and vacation Bible school's for many years.
If you asked for advice he would always answer your question(s). If he didn't know the answer he would find out for you.
The many Lunches/dinners we would have at church there would be Dave and Mary setting up before the congregation came in or "back" to the auxiliary hall. AND they both would also clean up.
Dave, you and Mary have a special place in my heart. Thank you for the love and support you have given me.
Thank you also for showing us a Godly Marriage.
Dave, you were a Godly man and a gentleman. You and Ms. Mary have given me so many blessings and a lot of love. I know I'm saying a lot about Mary too, but where you would see one the other was not far away. Also, thank you for your service for our country. You are going to be so missed at church & special events. Thank you for sharing your life with us. When we all are reunited we will sing praises to God.
Thank you, there will be many hearts missing you!
Posted by Laurie Bailey on August 1, 2020
Dave was Awsome guy I enjoyed him and his wife Mary when I used go there to church love them dearly Dave please tell Jeffery hi I l ow he loved u god bless u
Posted by Michael Tramonti on August 1, 2020
Dave I will truly miss you, you’ve been such a blessing to me! We spent countless hours together and had a lot of fun times together. You were such a great friend and mentor to me not only at work but my personal life as well. I can’t express everything I feel about you or put them into words. Please know that I love you buddy and will miss you!! You’ve made that final climb to heaven!! I love you Dave!!!
Posted by Dawn Jenkins on August 1, 2020
Our family was so blessed to have known Mr. Dave we will always cherish your kind words and the good advice you gave . Your Godly example has left a legacy and an imprint on many lives.  You will be missed and things won’t be quite the same without you here. The fact knowing we won't see that smile on Earth for now hurts but we know it won’t last forever. So rest easy and we shall see you soon.
Posted by Brian Lovejoy on August 1, 2020
Dave and his wife Mary were always there for me, even through some of my darkest times. He will never be forgotten.

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Posted by Thomas Hoffmaster on September 1, 2020
"My Man Dave" by Mary Bowers

Dave and I were junior high sweethearts, Dave was 14 and I was 13. Talking about this as time went by, we always believed that God brought us together, we just clicked, although at such a young age, we were blessed throughout our entire marriage.

Dave was a year ahead of me in school, upon his graduation from high school he enlisted in the Army in September of 1973.

Dave and I became engaged on November 24, 1973, I was a senior in high school. Dave found out at the beginning of March 1974 that he was being stationed in West Berlin, Germany, and would be there the remainder of his three-year commitment. We had always been together, so I said “you can’t go without me!” So, with our parent’s blessings, we planned a very quick wedding, gown, cake, everything you would expect in just a matter of a week. We were married on March 21, 1974, he went to Germany a few days later, and I joined him in June 1974.

The time spent in Germany was the beginning of building a strong foundation in our marriage. We were in a foreign country, with no parents or friends to run too, we had to lean on each other, which continued throughout our marriage.

Our first child, Stacie, was born in W. Berlin, Germany on October 31, 1975. Our second child, Joel, was born in Martinsburg, WV on May 17, 1979. We loved being parents, both of the kids were, and are, so special to us.

After returning to the states in September 1976, Dave acquired a job with the local phone company as a Lineman. Dave loved being a Lineman, even after retirement he would mention that he missed the job. It was there he worked for 41 plus years, retiring at the end of 2017.

Most of you knew Dave as being a quiet man, but he had such inner strength, and was such a true gentleman in every meaning of the word. My quiet giant, I have said it over and over, Dave was the bravest person I have ever known, the man absolutely was afraid of nothing. I, on the other hand, am not a brave person, he was my protector and hero, he would always keep me safe. He knew my fears and would always talk me through them, never to make fun of me at the time, but may have a little chuckle after the fact. I loved that chuckle and the twinkle he would have in his eyes. I will forever miss him by my side, My Man. 

You could ask any one of our kids or grandkids, that when Dad or Grandaddy would speak up you had better listen, there was no arguing, it was done. I remember when our older grandsons were 4 and 5, Dave and I were singing in the choir, the boys were misbehaving in the pew, Dave snapped his fingers one time and they sat straight up and didn’t make another noise. Oh, and I listened too…on occasion he would put the brakes on, but not very often.

Dave loved his family and everyone of our seven grandchildren, Brittany, Michael, Kyle, Ethan, Zachary, Alex and Adley.

I loved to hear ‘My Man’ sing, he had such a soothing voice. We have been beside each other for the better part of 25 years singing. I will forever miss him beside of me, and him coming through the house softly humming or singing one of our favorite southern gospel songs. But I was surprisingly blessed when I discovered that the church had some of his songs recorded, I will forever be able to hear his voice.

If you knew Dave and I at all, you knew we loved our mountain trips to the cabin, that was our happy place. We loved the peacefulness, and just marveling over God’s beautiful playground that He had created for all of us to enjoy. Those times were so special, just the two of us… and Bailey (a man and his dog). We cherished our time together, our quiet times, just being as one, that was so special to us.

Dave and I loved each other deeply, but more importantly we were deeply ‘in love’ with each other, which continued to grow stronger through the years. We were both very secure in our love for each other. I’m not going to tell you it was easy, but for us quitting was never an option.

Some people may think there is some big secret to lasting love. We knew that it just took two people making the choice every day to love and care for each other no matter what. And there we were, through good days and bad days after all those years, still loving one another in ways that were better than ever, and all our own.

Still when seeing him enter a room would make by heart flutter. I loved and will always love him so much, no words could ever express how deep that love is.

Although neither one of us thought this was going to happen so quickly, Dave and I both knew he was seriously sick. He ask me that I just tell that he was a good husband and father. I want to tell you that he was the best! If you knew him at all, then you know how very true that statement is and no further explanation is at all necessary.

Life is changed now, I will forever miss Dave’s touch and the sparkle in his eyes, and everything that just made him Dave.

Dave was one very special guy, and anyone that knew us knew that he was ‘My Man Dave’ and will forever be ‘My Man’. My heart is forever broken, literally Dave and I were one, half of me died with him that day. I am leaning on God through this loss, I don’t know what His plan is for this, and may never know, but I pray for peace and strength every day.

I want to leave a few thoughts with you, I know that Dave would agree:

“Don’t just spend your life with your spouse, share your life. If you aren’t doing this, you are missing out on so much joy that God has intended for you.
Never ever miss the chance to say ‘I love you’, because you may not get a chance to say goodbye. It can all be gone so quickly.”

I will forever miss you, My Man, I can’t begin to imagine my life without you.
Look for me, love of my life, for I will be there too.

All of my love, until we are together again,
Mary
8/29/20
Posted by Jeff Hollenshead on August 3, 2020
What an absolute honor it was for my family and I to have known Dave and have him as part of our lives for many years. My kids were truly blessed to have him in their lives while growing up at Heritage.  He was a rock for the church and the school.  Always there, always working, no matter what.  My prayers to Mary and the family. All that knew him was blessed beyond measure.  One of my favorite songs Dave sung was "I Can Only Imagine"  Well Dave you no longer need to imagine.  Until we meet again. 
Posted by Shari Martin on August 2, 2020
Troy and I were both saddened to hear of Dave's passing. Him and Mary did so much for Heritage, from the Valentine dinner, the kids choir, the praise team. Dave will be missed, for sure. 
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Shared by Anthony Jenkins Jr. on August 1, 2020
The earth, moon, and stars paint a beautiful picture of what Heaven will look like. Dave, I know you are smiling, singing, and dancing with our father in Heaven. A perfect example of what a father, brother, leader should be.
I'm gonna miss you Buddy.

Until Valhalla, rest easy