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February 21, 2024

Harry Watson Bowles, III

Harry Watson Bowles, III

Harry Watson Bowles, III, 75, of Bethlehem, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Carolina Caring.

Born March 26, 1945, in Birmingham, Alabama, he was the son of the late Harry Watson Bowles, Jr. and Jean Hooten Bowles.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam war, and had retired from veterinary sales with the Butler Company.  Harry was an active member of Highland Baptist Church where he served for many years as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.  He loved his church family and was dedicated to his service with Gideon’s International.  He enjoyed woodworking and model airplanes, but his true joy was anything involving time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy McLoud Bowles of the home; son, Jesse Bowles and wife Amy of Bethlehem; grandchildren and his true pride and joy, Deacon and Caroline Bowles, both of Bethlehem; sister, Sharon Bowles Horton of Rogersville, Alabama; sister-in-law, Carol Wood and husband George of Chattanooga, Tennessee; brothers-in-law, Jody McLoud and wife Mary of Kingston, Tennessee, Tony McLoud and wife Cheryl of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Kevin McLoud of Nashville, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate Harry’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Highland Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to Highland Baptist Church, 828 9th Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601; or Gideon’s International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Harry Watson Bowles, III and on-line condolences may be sent to


  1. ERNEST J. AYALA on September 23, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    I believe I was with Harry when we graduated from MP school in GA were assigned to go to Okinawa for Sentry Dog training then to Vietnam where they sent us all to different detachments in country. I remember he was from Nashville and such a funny guy he kept our spirits up. Please confirm I have the right Harry. I also represent the Vietnam Military Police Sentry Dog Alumni. A certificate of memorium can be sent to the family.

  2. Regis Mulkerin on October 24, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. You may remember me from AIT at Fort Gordon. Used to stay in a hotel when Harry’s wife would visit for the weekend. Once, we road to Sylvanna with, I believe his wife’s parents. I was very fond of Harry and often thought of him through the years. He was a good man and very well liked and respected. A life well lived.

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