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Warren Allison Bowie
April 28, 1939 ~ August 31, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Warren Allison Bowie, age 84, of Indian Head, Maryland, died of a heart attack on August 31, 2023, at Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland. Born April 28, 1939, in Pisgah, Maryland, he was the son of the late Sidney Allison Bowie and the late Mae Marie Bowie. He is survived by his wife Jeanne Robey Bowie, whom he married on November 27, 1964, and his devoted daughter, Lauren Celeste Bowie of Indian Head, Maryland. He was predeceased by his son, the late Darren A. Bowie, Esq., of New York City, who died on November 25, 2022, and his late father and mother in-law, Grover Lawrence Robey and Celestia Lusby Robey. He is also survived by his two sisters, Gail Klares and her husband Doug of Lusby, Maryland, and Linda Simons and her husband Rusty of La Plata, Maryland, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bowie graduated from Lackey High School in 1957. He attended Charles County Community College at night for seven years, graduating in 1970. Immediately after high school he served six months active duty at Fort Knox, Kentucky in the U.S. Army Reserves. He then worked at the family Sinclair gas stations in Mechanicsville and Lexington Park, Maryland. In 1959 he started his U.S. government career at the Naval Propellant Plant in Indian Head, Maryland, holding a number of positions such as Propellant Handler, Production Controller, Budget Analyst, and Budget Officer. He retired from the Naval Ordnance Station in 1993 as Deputy Comptroller, with thirty-four years of government service.
In 1985 Mr. Bowie was elected Mayor of the Town of Indian Head, Maryland. He served as Mayor for fourteen years, from 1985 to 1991, and from 1995 to 2003. Among Mr. Bowie’s accomplishments as Mayor was construction of the Town of Indian Head Pavilion on the Village Green, acquiring the old Indian Head Post Office which is now the Indian Head Senior Center; purchasing the land for and establishing the Mattawoman Creek Park; and leading the development effort for the Charlie Wright Recreation Complex in Indian Head. From 1992 to 1994 Mr. Bowie served as a member of the Charles County Planning Commission, resigning in 1994 to pursue an unsuccessful campaign for election as Delegate to the Maryland House of Delegates. Mr. Bowie also served on the Town of Indian Head Planning Commission for several years.
In 2004, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. appointed Mr. Bowie as Judge of the Charles County Orphans’ Court to replace retiring Judge Lillian Clark. In 2006, Mr. Bowie won election to the Orphans’ Court and was appointed Chief Judge by Governor Martin O’Malley. He was re-elected to the Court in 2010 and re-appointed as Chief Judge. He retired from the Court in 2014 after serving ten years.
Mr. Bowie was very active in many civic and social organizations throughout his life, including the Indian Head Lions Club (Past President), Indian Head Defense Alliance (Charter Member), National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter No. 126, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, Habitat for Humanity Charles County, Charles County Chamber of Commerce, Indian Head Senior Center, Charles County Humane Society, Western Charles Business Association, Meals-on-Wheels driver, Charles County Antique Arts Association, Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Crime Solvers, and the Charles County Scholarship Fund, Inc.
He was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church at Pisgah, Maryland. He also attended the Indian Head Church of the Nazarene for many years. In later years, he attended the Marbury Baptist Church. He enjoyed his time share in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, traveling, spending time with family, gardening, yard work, watching sports on television and playing golf. He made his first “hole in one” on his 80th birthday.
He was a wonderful caregiver to his wife since she became ill in the Fall of 1995.
One of his greatest pleasures was his black cat “8-ball” who was inherited from his neighbors Boo and Ruthie Comstock. He also dearly loved his black lab “Tuxedo”, (Tux for short) who was adopted from The Humane Society.
Burial will take place at a later date at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf, Maryland. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2431 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22203, or Marbury Baptist Church, P.O. Box 328, Marbury, MD 20658, or Church of the Nazarene, 35 Raymond Avenue, Indian Head, MD 20640, or Indian Head Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square (Village Green), Indian Head, MD 20640.