(1867-1939). The Bowers have gathered in their ancestors' name at his request since 1914.
The Bowers Family 2014.
Photo credit: Mark Linthicum
John Roth Bowers
and his wife Beatrice (center) with family friends. John Roth owned a grocery store, had lots of cars and helped Black men in danger of being lynched get out of town.
The Bowers Clan,
Panama City, Florida. "I grew up with my father and grandfather helping people in the community," Edith Bowers Houston (the baby in the photo) says.
beautiful Juanita Garrett Bowers, was a schoolteacher. She had six children with Walter Bowers.
Edith with her parents,
Juanita and Walter, and two of her six siblings (Betty Bowers and Walter Bowers Jr.).
Walter Hubert Bowers, 1955.
Michael Houston's grandfather would ride his motorcycle from Florida to New Jersey, braving travel during Jim Crow laws.
and Samuel Benjamin Houston attend the ROTC Ball at Florida A&M University in 1959. Samuel went on to have a 26-year career as an Army finance officer, retiring as a colonel. Edith is a retired educator.
Edith and Samuel
on their college campus in 1958. "When Edith's Dad rode up to campus on a motorcycle, I was very impressed," Mr. Houston says.
Jasper Brown at 28
years old, at the Seminole County Fair, 1953.
and the Houstons. Top L-R: Walter H. Bowers Jr., Frank Baker, John Roth Bowers. Walter H. Bowers Sr., Samuel (Ben) Houston. Bottom L-R: Constance Bowers, Betty Bowers, Enid Williams Bowers, Juanita Garrett Bowers, Edith Bowers Houston, Shirley Ann Bowers.
1970s Family Portrait.
The Houston family of Decatur, GA.
2008 Family Portrait.
Edith, Samuel, Michael and his older brother, M. V.
88-year-old Jasper Brown
was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012 for his service as a marine at Montford Point.
minister Jasper R. Brown Sr. of Donalsonville, GA.
2007 Family Reunion.
Jasper Sr. and his daughter, Alice. Jasper says, "I have eight children... I got three in grad school, I got a lawyer, a doctor and an administrator."
Bowers Family Reunion T-shirt
, 2011 Los Angeles. William says, "The Los Angeles reunion is my favorite so far. It was the first time I'd been on a plane."
2008 Bowers Family Reunion.
Starting in Bascom, the reunion has been organized all over the country in places like Panama City, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Atlanta, Albany, Tampa, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
Constance Bowers Cross
(Edith's youngest sister) and her son, William Cross. William, 22, will be the chairperson for the 101st family reunion in Tampa next year.
Liberty Hill Baptist Church
in Bascom. The church is located on land donated by Nolyar. Photo credit: Mark Linthicum
Liberty Hill Baptist Church
is the Noylar's home church, located on the Bowers's land. Photo credit: Mark Linthicum
"We're going up-home!"
The marker placed this year at the Centennial Reunion on the land that the Bowers call the homestead, dedicated to Nolyar Bowers and his honored family.
Bowers Family Crest:
The cross represents the Christian faith. The book represents the strive for education and knowledge. The three keys to success represent intention, action and consistence.