Billy Bowen

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Billy Bowen

Rose Hill Cemetery Tour 2006

Billy Bowen

October 14, 1922 – March 17, 2000

 

William Leslie Bowen (Billy) was born Oct. 14, 1922, near Ninnekah, Oklahoma, and died March 17, 2000, in Chickasha. He was one of ten children born to John and Susie Bowen. He left school after the eighth grade and farmed for a while. During World War II, he received basic training in the U.S. Army and worked as a military policeman transporting German prisoners of war from North Africa to the United States where they were housed in POW camps around the country. One of those German prisoner-of-war camps was located at the Grady County fairgrounds. Following the war, Billy worked in the oil fields in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. In his later years he settled in the Alex area. He and his wife, Mary Maxine, had two children together, Linda and Jimmy.

(photographers: Joanna Owen-Clouston and Marcie Price)