Official Obituary of

Waymon Elvin Bowen

November 11, 1945 ~ March 2, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

Waymon Bowen Obituary

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Waymon Elvin Bowen, 78, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2024 in Covington, GA. “W.E.” was born in 1945 in Lawrenceville, GA to Elvin Bowen and Lilian Ruark Bowen Allen. He was raised by his beloved stepfather Henry Allen.

W.E. was a husband to Marilyn Bowen. He was a proud father of three boys. He loved their families and his grandchildren. He also loved his aunts, uncles, and cousins very much.

W.E. was a dreamer. He was a jack of all trades. He was a tough-guy, a true “Man’s man.”

Throughout his life, he worked many jobs.  He worked at the Ford Motor plant assembling cars, he was a fireman for the city of Conyers, GA.  When working with his step father, he ran a full service station where he was the head mechanic and later he was the marketing manager at Southeast Auto Salvage. His final jobs were in the freight business where he worked at Atlanta Motor Lines, Mercury Motor Lines, Smalley Transportation, Transus motor and finally at Overnite Freight, UPS.  For nearly three decades he drove a Semi-tractor trailer across the country.  He was asked to participate in the National Truck Driving championships several times.

W.E. was usually seen sporting his beloved mustache, often wearing a trucker hat, and always with a chaw of Beech-Nut chewing tobacco. In his younger days that was often replaced by a cigar or a tobacco pipe.

W.E. loved sports. He was a die-hard fan of the Atlanta Braves. He never missed a game, even if that meant watching the recording after. He played high-school football, and was a proud graduate of Roosevelt High School in Atlanta. He also coached his eldest son Tom’s Rockdale youth football team.

He was a nature lover and a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. One of his favorite memories was going to the Philmont Scout Ranch. He also loved his property in Covington, where he would spend time in nature, walking through the woods, bush hogging, and working on his various projects.

W.E. was a big collector. He was always collecting and working on cars and tractors. He also collected baseball cards, coins, tools, and miniature tractors.

He loved his Polaroid camera, which he would often use to capture his various adventures on the road. He would detail every tractor trailer, barn, and farm tractor (especially Massey Ferguson) that he passed.

W.E. loved his dogs and cats, 25 oz. cans of Foster’s lager, getting a to-go dark beer from Manuel’s Tavern, listening to music (CCR & Jim Croce to name a couple), his best friends Neil & Sandy, teaching people how to drive, and his childhood memories at his uncle J.D. Bowen’s farm in Dacula.

W.E. gave tremendous hugs. He was a provider. He was incredibly strong and resilient. He loved his family very much. And he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Bowen; children Scott and Bill Bowen; daughter in-laws, grandchildren, and is preceded in death by his son Thomas

John Bowen.

A celebration of life will be held at 12pm, Saturday, March 9, at J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home in Covington, GA.

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March 9, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home
2157 East Street, SE
Covington, Georgia 30014

Memorial Service
March 9, 2024

12:00 PM
Chapel of J.C. Harwell & Son Funeral Home
2157 East Street, SE
Covington, GA 30014


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