William Joe Bower

William Joe Bower, 56, died in his home on Thursday (March 14, 2013).

He was born in Marietta to Russell and Juanita Bower (McKnight) on July 1, 1956. He served in the U.S. Army. While living in Wharton, he was a maintenance man for five years at Wharton Industrial School.

On Sept. 8, 1980, he married Eudelia (Delores) Garza, who preceded him in death on Nov. 18, 2008. Also preceding him in death were his parents; his grandparents, Dovie Queen of Waterford and Howard and Gladys McKnight of Marietta.

Survivors include a daughter, Billie Jo Bower of Wharton, Texas; a stepdaughter, Debbie Andrade; and five stepgrandchildren, also of Wharton, Texas.

Also surviving are his sister of Waterford, Beverly (Roy) Cunningham; and his nieces, Bobbie Jo Ross of Parkersburg, Vicki Mellon of Zanesville and Kelly Cunningham of Waterford. He had two nephews, Robert Foreman of Malta and Michael Foreman of Cincinnati. Also several aunts and uncles and cousins and great-nieces and nephews.

He will be cremated at his request. A memorial service will be held Thursday (March 28, 2013).