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Bowers Funeral Home helps in times of sorrow

The kind and caring staff at Bowers Funeral Home are available 24 hours a day to help the people of Teague and the surrounding area in times of sorrow. However, it hasn't always been Bowers Funeral Home.

The funeral home was originally begun by Mr. E.B. Ham in 1930. It was called Ham Bros. Funeral Home and was located in the building, on Main Street, where the Boggy Masonic Lodge is now. In 1955 Mr. Ham sold the business to Dick Lawrence who owned it until 1983. During this time it was Lawrence Funeral Home. It was Mr. Lawrence who, in 1967, built the building at 506 Cedar Street, where the former Ricks-Bowers Funeral Home still stands today. Mr. Lawrence sold the funeral home to Wade Ricks in 1983 and the funeral home was renamed Lawrence-Ricks. In 1992 Mr. Ricks sold the funeral home to Equity Corp. International (ECI).

Brian Bowers had finished his apprenticeship in 1999 when he was hired to be funeral director. He was working for the Huntsville Funeral Home in Huntsville, Texas. "When I found out that I had been selected for the position of funeral director at Ricks Funeral Home in Teague I was very happy to be coming back to my hometown," said Mr. Bowers.

Teague is definitely his hometown as he is related to almost everyone! Brian David Bowers was born on August 11, 1972, to Bill David and Joy Brown Bowers at Teague General Hospital. Most of the men in Mr. Bowers' family were business owners in Teague. Brian's great grandfather, Edgar Marvin Bowers, Sr., owned Bowers Barber Shop on Main Street, his grandfather, Charles Bowers, owned Bowers Body Shop on 4th Avenue. Brian's father, who is a pharmacist, owned Palace Drug Store on Main Street. On his mother's side of the family Brian's grandfather, Judd Brown, owned Bro-Co Chemical Company on Main Street and that's not even getting into all the family that live in Fairfield!

Many of the members of the Bowers family are Teague High School graduates. Charles and Madie Bowers graduated from THS in 1932, Bill David Bowers in 1967, Joy Brown Bowers in 1968 and Brian Bowers in 1990, just to name a few.

After graduation from THS Brian went to Tyler Jr. College on a band scholarship. "I can still play the trombone well enough to play in the Teague High School Alumni Band; the fight song anyway," said Brian with a smile. He went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin. During that time he began, occasionally, helping some friends who owned a funeral home in Groesbeck. "They started calling on me more and more and I really enjoyed the work and meeting people," said Brian. That is when he made the decision to go to school and become a funeral director.

In 1996 Mr. Bowers started school at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Services and graduated in 1997. He then started an apprenticeship, which can last up to three years, ending in an exit interview with the Texas Funeral Service Commission. Brian served his apprenticeship, ending at the Huntsville Funeral Home, and was able to come back to Teague for Ricks Funeral Home, which was owned by ECI at that time. "When ECI decided to sell their funeral homes in Teague and Jewett I knew I wanted to purchase them but the problem was finding a loaning institution willing to loan money to a 28 year old man," said Bowers. Well, he did and after running the funeral home on Cedar Street for seven years, Brian had the opportunity to purchase the new building at 900 Highway 84 West from John Stubbs of Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home in 2006. This is where Bowers Funeral Home is located today. Brian has owned the funeral homes for eleven years now.

"We can help people in all aspects of taking care of a death," said Brian. They will handle transporting, preparation, announcements, casket, cremation and urns, funeral service arrangements, paperwork, death certificates, most insurances, burial services and can advise or help with any questions or special circumstances. Bowers Funeral Home can also help customers with pre-arranged funeral services in order to have a personalized service that is just the way you want it and have it pre-paid. They are representatives of Phipps Memorial and offer a wide selection of monuments.

"I try to encourage people to make a funeral service personal. There is no exact way a funeral has to be done except what the person who passed away and the family would be comfortable with," said Brian.

Bowers has arranged many traditional funerals and some a little more unusual. They conducted a funeral once with the person's motorcycle in the front of the chapel and has had music, that suited the person's taste, from Willie Nelson to Lynyrd Skynaard to traditional hymns. "We want to honor any wishes our families may have," said Brian.

Bowers has a competent staff on hand to serve their families. The staff in Teague includes Ida Barrentine, office manager, Richard Gillet, Rachael Steen, Matt Allison, Tommy Wright, Carl Clark and Billy Henderson. In the Jewett funeral home Arlene Beaver is office manager and helps with arrangements.

On April 16, 2005, Brian Bowers married Julie Meschke Bowers of China Spring. Julie is currently employed as Technology Assistant at Teague ISD. The couple enjoy spending time with Brian's daughter, Allyson Leigh Bowers who is a sophomore at Teague High School and a member of the Teague Lion Band. Also keeping Brian and Julie busy are sons Bo David, who is in Kindergarten at Teague Elementary School and Blake David who attends the Methodist Pre-School.

Brian Bowers has always been supportive of the town he loves. He is a member of the First Baptist Church, a Past Master of Boggy Masonic Lodge, a former board member of the Teague Hospital District, past president of the Teague Chamber of Commerce, a trustee on the Teague ISD school board, a member of Karem Shrine and Tri-County Shrine Club, former President of the Lion Pride Booster Club and can be heard on KNES, 99.1 FM every Friday before football games as one of the ?experts? on the high school prediction show.

?I?m thankful for being able to service my hometown and hope to continue to do so for many years to come,? said Bowers.

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