Dr. Robert Allison Bowling
Published 4:29 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Dr. Robert Allison Bowling, 85, of Fannett, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, June 28, 2015.
He was born on March 23, 1930, to Robert Frazier Bowling and Pearl Allison Bowling.
Robert, known as Bob, served four years in the Air Force and attended University of Missouri, Kansas State and Lamar University prior to graduating from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1965. He served an internship in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He then joined his father-in-law, Dr. Archie Garrison, in family practice in Port Arthur, serving the community for 40 years. He was highly respected and loved by his patients. He semi-retired to work in Premcor’s Occupational Health Clinic where he was the plant physician until retirement.
Bob was a member of First Christian Church, Port Arthur and loved his church and church family.
He loved outdoors and took pride in his property in Fannett. He could often be found on his lawnmower or tractor.
Bob was also an avid sports fan; always keeping you up to date on the latest sports events.
The greatest joy and love of his life was his family; rarely missing a dance recital, ball game, school event or birthday party. He was always telling everyone how proud he was of their accomplishments.
He is survived by Patricia Garrison Bowling and their four children and their spouses: Deborah Verret and her husband Steve, of Fannett; Robert Bowling and his wife Lisa, of Boerne; Richard Bowling and his wife Mary Beth, of Beaumont; and Rebecca Healey and her husband Sean, of Beaumont. Bob’s greatest blessings and his biggest fans were his eleven grandchildren: Kyle Verret (Eleanor), Allison Verret Wright (Landon), Brooke Bowling Hall (Joe), Kaitlyn Verret Goss (Justin), Blaire Bowling Hickman (Chris), Bailey Bowling, Reagan Healey, Garrison Bowling, Ryan Healey, Robert Greg Bowling, and Grant Healey. His precious nine great-grandchildren brought sunshine into his later years: Jaxson Wright, Luke Hall, Joseph Verret, Jacob Goss, Emma Hall, Mackenzie Wright, Alice Verret, Preston Hickman and expecting Blake Goss.
Dr. Bowling donated his body to the Willed Body Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
A memorial service to celebrate Dr. Bowling’s life will be held at First Christian Church, Port Arthur, Sunday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m., followed by visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to First Christian Church, 5856 Ninth Ave, Port Arthur, TX 77642.