Mr. John “Philip” Bowdoin, 74, resident of Hopeton, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at Sentara Virginia Beach General with his loved ones by his side. Born March 15, 1944, in Nassawadox, and reared in Bloxom, he was the son of the late John Houchins Bowdoin and Madeline Silverthorn Bowdoin.
Following graduation from Hargrave Military Academy, Mr. Bowdoin joined the banking world as a teller for Metompkin Banking & Trust. Over the next 30 years, he remained dedicated to his career as the bank transitioned to Fidelity American, and later, Central Fidelity. In 1993, Mr. Bowdoin retired as the vice president and senior loan officer of Central Fidelity Bank. He attended Baptist Bible Church, in Accomac, and thoroughly enjoyed Brother Jim’s Sunday School Class. He served in many capacities during his longtime membership with the Ruritan’s Club, and until recently, served as president of the board for the Society for the Preservation of Metompkin Cemeteries. Mr. Bowdoin was an avid collector of all things unusual, and he took great pride in the many treasures he found over the years. There were few local yard sales, auctions, or flea markets that he didn’t visit, and he often found rare collectibles among two-dollar box lots. Mr. Bowdoin also loved his daily visits to Royal Farms and Hardees, where he will be greatly missed by his dear friends.
Survivors include his loving daughter, Aimee Molter and husband, Tom, of Spotsylvania, Va., and their sons, Thomas, Steven, Joshua, and Jonathan; sisters, June Johnson, of Hopeton, and Betty Brothers and husband, Richard, of Virginia Beach; brother, Glen Bowdoin, of Bloxom; and nieces and nephews, Carol Hall, Keith Johnson, Laurie Twilley, and Artie Milliner, and their families. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, John “Jay” Philip Bowdoin Jr.
Funeral services will be held at Baptist Bible Church, in Accomac, Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 2 p.m., with Pastor Robert Fletcher officiating. Interment will follow in the Parksley Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the church one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Bible Church Building Fund, 24577 Front Street, Accomac, VA 23301.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com .
Arrangements were made by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.