Leonard Bowers, Jr, 91, of Knoxville, TN went into the arms of his Lord and Savior on November 30, 2021. Leonard was born in Tellico Plains, TN on December 9, 1929. Leonard was a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, Grace Baptist Church and founding member of Cumberland Baptist Church. Leonard proudly served in the Air Force and had a 49 year career with Y-12 where he retired in 1995. Leonard’s loves and passions were his wife, his four children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and his trainer. For over 20 years, he touched the lives of hundreds of boys and girls in the Knoxville area as he coached baseball, basketball and softball. Throughout his life, he fondly remembered his former baseball players, their impact and their achievements as adults.
Leonard is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Caroylea McKnight Bowers; sons, Jim Bowers and Tim Bowers (wife – Jackie); daughters, Linda McCoig (husband – Brian) and Lisa Cox; nine grandchildren, Caitlin Bowers King (husband – Michael), Brendan Bowers (wife – Miranda), Riley Bowers, Carmen Bowers, Devin Bowers, Weston Bowers, Kendra McCoig, Thomas “TJ” McCoig and Adler Cox; four great-grandchildren, Hudson King, Parker King, Everly King and Colton King; brother-in-law, Charles Hammett; and several nieces and nephews.
Leonard was predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Margaret Bowers; brother, Kenneth Bowers; sister, Helen Bowers Isabel; step-siblings, April Bowers, Ella Mae Hammett, Wayne and Ruth Noe, Joseph and Judy McKnight, Harry and Anne McKnight, Roy and Frances McKnight; son-in-law, Michael Cox.
Leonard’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Rose Funeral & Cremation-Broadway, 1421 Broadway, Knoxville, TN. A celebration of life service, led by Reverend Bob Brown, will follow immediately at 6:30 p.m. Instead of flowers, Leonard asked you to “help our old people, feed a hungry soul, express your love to a lonely person, give a stranger a big smile, and ask them questions about their day. and say a prayer for America. If you do any of the above your ‘flower’ will bloom forever. “
Family and friends will gather at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 8 at Veterans Cemetery, 2200 E. Governor John Sevier Highway, Knoxville, TN for a funeral service at 8:30 a.m., with the grandsons serving as porters. The family would like to especially thank Autumn Care Assisted Living, Smoky Mountain Hospice and Mission Mobil for their care and support. An online obituary can be viewed and condolences can be offered at www.rosefuneraltn.com.
Posted by Rose Funeral & Cremation – Broadway on Dec 4, 2021.