YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, Claude Edwards Bowman, 74, departed this life surrounded by family and friends.

Claude, lovingly known to family and friends as “Buggs”, was born August 9, 1948, in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

He was a 1966 graduate of Youngstown East High School.

He served 12 years as a bus driver for Youngstown City School Special Busing. Following his retirement from Special Busing, he worked for Atlas Moving Company and the Youngstown Vindicator within the daily delivery unit.

As the patriarch, Claude was a beloved and proud member of the Bowman family with a laugh that could shake the mountains and a heart as big as the universe. Family gatherings at his home or in the park always included Buggs on the grill with his special sauce. He made sure to always give love and support to his sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews throughout his life, often perceived as a father figure. Nieces and nephews remember him attending sports games, proms and special events in their lives watching and cheering, while his Granddaughter Dimp, remembers him always being there to catch her if she should fall. Often called “The Three Amigos,” his passing reunites him with his beloved sisters, Sureda and Beatrice.

Left to cherish and remember family moments and precious memories with Buggs are his wife, Linda Bowman of Youngstown, Ohio; three sisters, Fresha Stanford of Columbus, Ohio, Claudette Brown of Youngstown, Ohio and Daphne Morrell of Atlanta, Georgia; two brothers, Elder Carmon S. Bowman (Minnie) of Warren, Ohio and Brian Bowman (Maria) of Liberty, Ohio; stepchildren, Jacquela, Juania, Jakista, Selina, Jamhal, Gleneita, Anita Cunningham (Aaron) and Harvey Howell; grandchildren, Shar’linda Carter (Carlisle), Ashley Aaron, Aaron, Jr. and Anthony Howell; great-grandchildren, Aaronae, Jedi and Chase Carter and Mi’Kale Hayes; special nieces and nephew, Alesha L. Rivers of Youngstown, Ohio, Tanisha N. Bowman of Hampton, Virginia, Akesha J. Bowman of Atlanta, Georgia and Daryl E. Curry of Youngstown, Ohio and an extended host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Claude was preceded in death by grandmothers, Hattie Bowman and Ruth Coe; mother, Dorothy Lee Bowman and father, Claude Edwards, Sr.; four brothers, Kevin G. Bowman, Keith Bowman, Samuel Bowman and Frederick B. Bowman; two sisters, Sureda M. Curry and Beatrice P. Bowman; brothers-in-law, Sam Stanford, Sr. and Herbert Brown, Sr. and stepdaughter, Melelia “Buttons” Howell.

Funeral services will be handled by L.E. Black Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, with viewing hours Friday, November 4, 2022, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and funeral services at 11:00 a.m.

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A television tribute will air Friday, November 4 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV.