James Michael Bowles
GRENADA – Mr. James Michael Bowles, 67, of Grenada, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was born September 7, 1955 in Water Valley to Jim and Clara Foster Bowles.
Mike was a graduate of Mississippi State University and worked for many years as a Registered Forester. A member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, he had served as a deacon and was faithful as a greeter most Sunday mornings. Mike never met a stranger. He would know everything about you after a short visit. He loved to cook for others; smoking brisket, ribs and bologna for big gatherings. He and Waymon Scarberry cooked for several weeks for Hurricane Katrina victims. He always said this was his mission field. Mike enjoyed cooking for his church family and the Mississippi State University football team for years. Before his illness he enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to Bulldog football games. He always said that God blessed him with the best kids and grandkids – family was his pride and joy.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Grenada. Dr. Brent Barker, Rev. Eugene Heimbach and Rev. Barry Worrell officiated. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Water Valley. Pallbearers were Frank Burke, Ken Cline, Tommy Henderson, Steven Shinall, Troy Stephenson and Larry Tate.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Bowles; one daughter, Cathy Bowles (Chris) Eady of Starkville; two sons, Anthony (Katie) Bowles of Woodbury, Tenn. and Mark (Becca) Bowles of Carrollton; his parents, Jim and Clara Bowles of Water Valley; a brother, Tony (Linda) Bowles of Tyler, Texas; eight grandchildren, Eli Turner, Andrew Bowles, Lily Kate Bowles, Amelia Bowles, Simon Bowles, Zeb Eady, Apphia Eady and Luke Bowles; and a host of nieces and nephews.