On August 25, 2021, Johnny Bowling passed peacefully from this life to his eternal home with Jesus Christ. Johnny was born in Wright City, Oklahoma, on June 23, 1929, to his father, George Washington Bowling, and his mother, Bessie May Bowling. Johnny was the youngest of seven children: brothers Joseph, William, James, twin brother Jackie (passed away at birth), and sisters Eugenia and Margreete.
Having been born and raised in a small town in southeastern Oklahoma, Johnny developed a love for the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. From an early age, he was intrigued with stories of the old west and cowboys, and read probably every Louis L’amour book ever written. As a little boy, Johnny knew cowboys lived in Texas, so he constantly dreamed of some day crossing the Red River into Texas where he was certain, he, too, would be a cowboy. Even in his teenage years during the late 1940’s, his passion for the outdoors would come in handy for Johnny, his father, George and his brother, James, in the mountains of Colorado and Washington where they worked in the logging industry.
On November 18, 1950, Johnny married the love of his life, Lois Jean Jessie, in Sevier County, Arkansas. They would enjoy sixty-five years of marriage until Jean’s passing in 2016. In 1951, Johnny was inducted into the United States Army, serving in the Korean War with an Armored Tank Recovery Division, until being transferred to the Army Reserves in 1953 where he remained an active reserve until being Honorably Discharged in November, 1956.
In 1954, Johnny and Jean moved to Houston, Texas, and would have two children, Sharon Jean (Sherry) and a son, John Lewis. Having the gifts to imagine, build or repair just about anything, Johnny was equipped to enjoy a successful career in the construction industry. After working in the swimming pool industry in the early 1950’s, Johnny became a Journeyman Ironworker and on March 22, 1957, he joined the I.A.B.S.& O.I.W., where he was a life-long member of Houston Ironworkers Local 84. Johnny was a well-respected leader and foreman, participating in the construction of many of the well-known high-rise buildings seen today across the downtown Houston skyline. Johnny retired from W. S. Bellows Corporation in 1990. Following retirement, Johnny and Jean moved to their 100 acre farm in Jewett, Texas, where he would spend the next thirty years living out his life-long dream of being a cowboy at “The Country”.
Johnny’s greatest success in life was how he loved his wife, family and friends. He always placed others first, was quick to offer advice and lend a helping hand when needed. He had a genuine concern for his kids and grandkids and their well being, and he was the first to celebrate their successes. He was a father-figure and mentor to many who knew him. More than anything else, he was “Pappa”!
Johnny is preceded in death by his wife, Lois Jean Bowling, parents George Washington Bowling and Bessie May Bowling, brothers Joseph Bowling, William Bowling, James Bowling and Jackie Bowling, sisters Eugenia McFarland and Margreete Bowling.
Johnny is survived by his daughter, Sherry Webster and husband, Greg Webster, of Tomball, Texas, and son, John Bowling, and fiancé, Sherri Gilblair, of Montgomery, Texas, grandchildren Jean Ann Wiggins and husband Mark, of Spring, Texas, Cas Webster and wife, Gina, of the Woodlands, Texas, Andrea Rountree and husband, Chris, of Alford, Texas, Michelle Bowling, of Whitesboro, Texas. Great-grandchildren, Allison Wiggins, Emma Wiggins, Meagan Wiggins, Evelyn Rountree, C J Webster, Cooper Rountree, Caroline Webster, Jackson “Johnny” Rountree, and Juliette Bowling, special friend and neighbor, Sherry McMahon, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A time of visitation will be held from 1 -2 pm on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Klein Mausoleum Chapel, 9714 FM 2920, Tomball, TX 77375, with the funeral service to begin at 2 pm. Burial will follow immediately at the Klein Memorial Park.