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The Funeral Services and Interment for Credell Bowman, Jr., well-known citizen and gifted photographer will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2022, promptly at 11:00 a.m. at the Northeast Louisiana Veterans’ cemetery in Rayville, LA. Fr. Mike Thang'wa will serve as the officiating priest. His visitation will be held in the chapel of Loche’s Mortuary, Inc. on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. To send flowers, plants, words of encouragement and or condolences, or light candles, kindly go to www.lochesmortuaryinc.com.
Due to the resurgence of Covid 19 and its many variants, masks are required at the Visitation and the Service. Social distancing is also encouraged.
*A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words*
"If you feel a quiet longing lift your heart into the wind. There you'll find my kindred spirit. There you'll meet me as a friend. It is just a kindred spirit."
Wednesday, the 5th day of February, 1947, dawned a bit chilly, But, in the small hamlet of Bastrop, LA, the chill was replaced with warm jubilation as Florida Beatrice Williams and Credell Bowman, Sr. welcomed their first born son. To this child was given the name Credell Bowman, Jr. A picture perfect family, right?
When he was just an infant, his parents moved to Milwaukee in search of a better life. Six other siblings were born and life was good. “Preacher" as he was fondly called became the patriarch” of the family. He loved his family and lovingly cared for his brothers, sisters, and cousins.
He attended Milwaukee Area Technical School where his love for the camera and the magic he could create with it took root. This love of the camera would prove to be his life’s profession. He served in the Air Force as a special lead photographer. After graduation, Credell answered the call, and joined the United States Air Force. He was so proud of his “stint” in the Air Force that immediately after his discharge, he reenlisted for another two years. His favorite pastime eventually turned into a lucrative profession. His ability to take pictures of family and friends made him one of the most sought after photographers in the area and Milwaukee, WI. Stars like Frankie Beverly and Maze, Johnny Mathis, Ashford and Simpson, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Johnny Taylor were just a few of the stars of he had the privilege to photograph.
Credell returned to Bastrop and married a very special lady. In fact, they were high school sweethearts. On a balmy September day, the first to be exact, Ms. Mavey Miles became Mrs. Mavey Miles Bowman. Life to the couple was LIFE.
He was a perfectionist. His attention to detail made him a bowling expert. He loved playing chess and shared that love with his family and friends.
On July 29, 2022, Credell quietly stepped from mortality to immortality, and joined his loved ones who had gone on before him. He leaves to cherish his vibrant smile, his caring heart, and words of wisdom: his wife: Marvey Miles Bowman; a granddaughter he raised since a baby,)Lavontria Miché Aaron, Washington, DC; his grateful children: Kimberly Motley (Claudaire), Kim Credell Bowman III, Jade Webb ( Joshua), Jay-sun Bowman; his stepchildren: Charisma Phillips Jolley (Patrick), Chandler Phillips Marquita), his brothers: James Bowman (Thelma), and Allen Bowman (Amy), his sisters: Jewel Bowman-Johnson (Cliff), Connie Jackson ( Willie), and Freda Bowman Robinson; and cousins: Lloyd Robinson (Brenda), and Ronald Robinson.
“Photos light the corners of his mind. Misty watered colored memories of the way we were.”
Rest in Love
Credell Bowman, Jr.