Keith Elbert Bowyer, 67, passed away January 9, 2021, after short illness, surrounded by his loving family.
The fifth of six children, Keith was born on January 23, 1953 to Luther Elbert and Ulia M. Phillips Bowyer of Maple Fork. Most everyone knew Keith by his nickname Pete, a special name given to him by his Grandfather Elbert Bowyer when he was just a baby. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Ruth A. Treadway and Nancy G. Moss.
Pete leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 48 years and the love of his life, Tammy Wilkerson Bowyer; his children, Amy (Doug) Deal and Jeremy (Crystal) Bowyer; his grandchildren, Zachary Bowyer and Cody, Bethany, and Lane (L.D.) Deal; his sisters and brother, Janice Blankenship, Ken (Sandy) Bowyer, and Debbie (Joe) Voloski. In addition to the many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and extended family that he leaves behind is his dog and constant companion, Annie Jo.
Pete lived his entire life on Maple Fork and was always willing to give a helping hand. He was a kind, humble man with a sweet, crooked smile who loved his family. Pete graduated from Mount Hope High School in 1970. Pete enjoyed racing and watching “old” western movies in his leisure time.
Pete was a retired heavy equipment mechanic, having proudly worked in the coal industry for most of his career. After a few years of retirement, he recently went to work in the maintenance department for the West Virginia Turnpike, where he got to use his various building and welding skills, and make new friends.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, in the Melton Mortuary Chapel, with family friend, Reverend Paul Chapman officiating. The family will be greeting friends beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow the service at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Larry Vass, John Vass, Bobby Moss, Doug Deal, Chase Evans, Jeff Hawkins, and Joe Phillip, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers are Steve Treadway, Joe Michael Voloski, and his grandchildren.
The family wants everyone to be safe during these dangerous times, so please follow all government mandates regarding COVID.
“A golden heart stopped beating, hard-working hands were put to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.”
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