Marion Leith Bowers

Marion Leith Bowers, 86, of Mt. Jackson, passed into the glory of the Lord on January 25, 2016 at his home in the community of Mt. Clifton.

Marion was born August 10, 1929 at home in Mt. Clifton on the Sarah Minnick Farm by Mill Creek.

He was the eldest son of the late Perry L. Bowers and Beulah May Sager Bowers.  He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Nancy L. Buchanan Bowers and children, Ellen J. Bowers MacCormack and husband, David of South Carolina; David A. Bowers of Kamiah, Idaho; Daniel W. Bowers and wife, Karen of Williamsport, MD; a brother, Frederick D. Bowers and wife, Wanda of Staunton, VA; sister-in-law Polly Buchanan Silveous of New Market, VA.

Marion has eight grandchildren, Sarah E. MacCormack Thacker and Rebecca A. MacCormack of S.C.; Desiree Bowers of Falling Waters, WV; Kodi Bowers of Greencastle, PA; Shawn Bowers of Kamiah, Idaho; Alexandra P. Bowers of Jacksonville Beach, Florida; Emma D. Bowers of Williamsport, MD; and Brennan Deener of Catonsville, MD.  He also has three great grandchildren.

Marion started his 33-year career as a Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver with Mason-Dixon Truck Lines, Inc. in New Market, VA.  In 1966 when the local terminal in New Market closed down he transferred to Mason-Dixon Tank Lines in Charleston, WV.  In 1972 he and the family moved to Hagerstown, MD where he continued to work for Mason-Dixon Truck Lines until they were sold.  Afterwards, he ran for Howard Delivery Service of Hagerstown, MD.  He retired in 1986 and returned to live in the Mt. Clifton community in 1988.  He was an avid gardener and each year he shared his wonderful vegetables with friends and neighbors.

A celebration of “Shorty’s” life will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson, VA with Pastor Fred Helsley and Interim Pastor Lana Irwin officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunset View Memorial Gardens, Woodstock, VA.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, January 30th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Marion was a member of Liberty Brethren Church in Quicksburg, VA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Mt. Jackson Rescue and Fire Dept.  P. O. Box 251, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842 or Liberty Brethren Church, C/O Rusty Proctor, P. O. Box 483, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.

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4 Condolences to Marion Leith Bowers

  1. Laymon and Susan Mowery says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Marion’s passing. He was a friendly neighbor to us for many years. We both have fond memories of seeing him working in his garden. His hard work and dedication to his vegetables was a beautiful sight to behold each year. We know he will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.

    Susan and Laymon Mowery

  2. Terry & Theresa Davis says:

    Theresa and I wish to express our deepest sympathy on the passing of Shorty. I first met Shorty as I went to work for Howard Delivery Service as a very young and somewhat inexperienced driver in 1984. Shorty and I ran to Youngstown Ohio every night together and he was somewhat like a father to me helping me through tough situations as we drove in some very nasty conditions. I will be forever grateful for his guidance. I will forever be thankful for his friendship. I went on to drive for Howard for 21 years thinking of him often and helping other young drivers the way he helped me many years ago. He made that much of a impression on me. I lost contact with him after he left Mt Lena, but thought of him often. The Lord has again acquired another wonderful soul. Again I wish to extend my sympathy to the family and to let you know I will never forget Shorty.

    With deepest sympathy
    Terry & Theresa Davis
    Boonsboro Maryland

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet kind words of condolence. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

  3. AB says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 reminds us that God is always there to comfort us. I pray this helps you to find solace.