Robert L. Bowen


Mr. Robert L. “Bob” Bowen entered into the arms of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ on May 28, 2021.

Born on Hog Island, he was the son of the late Harvey L. and Anna B. Bowen. He and his mother, father, and his sister, Marion, moved to Willis Wharf in the late ’30s.

Bob had a passion for the water, and for several decades, he was an oyster farmer. His father and a host of uncles were all watermen. Oysters and clams were primarily what they harvested.

In 1951, he met his high school sweetheart, Verna Boole, of Exmore. They were married in 1954 at Exmore Baptist Church.

He was very active at the churches he attended, from being a deacon, Sunday School teacher, to leading the worship service.

He had a passion for music. He played the piano and guitar. For many years he played piano for the Gloryland Singers,  and the Master’s 4, a singing group that he played with for about 40 years. His passion of music was Country, Southern Gospel style, and he loved the old-time hymns. At times he would play piano and his son, John, would be at the organ, praising the Lord, and being a witness and blessing for those who were there.

In 1963, they adopted their first son, John, and in 1964 they adopted Adam.
Bob was a loving parent, a role model for raising his family as a devout Christian.

In 1992, he lost his wife, Verna, due to cancer. In 1993, he met Anna B. Kello, of Virginia Beach, and were married at Kempsville Baptist Church in July 1993.

Although he was a true Eastern Shoreman, he would eventually make Virginia Beach his home.

Bob leaves behind a loving and devoted wife, Anna; sons, John M., of Philadelphia, and Adam G. (Ann), of Aylet, Va.; Roy and Ann Adams, (Verna’s sister and husband), Ann’s son, Christian, and Virginia and son, Nicholas. He also leaves behind two brothers-in-law, Charles Jr. and Bobby Kello (Suzanne); sisters-in-law, Ann (Al) and Kim (Richard); niece, Terry Berrie (Frank); and a host of nephews, nieces, and grandchildren.