Letter: Whatever happened to Clarence Bowser?
Some of you may have wondered what happened to that colorful guy who ran for sheriff a few times some years back, named Clarence Bowser. He was in the news and the talk of the town for quite some time. Forthright and determined was he. Well, Clarence has not been at all idle. He has a purpose and destiny to his life, and is walking it out, every day.
You may not know that Clarence M. Bowser is an ordained minister. He has been holding church in his home every Sunday, and is soon to start Wednesday night Bible study. Although his congregation is few, Bowser is teaching and preaching the Gospel and many are turning their lives around as a result. About a year ago, Minister Bowser replaced his old barn, which was falling down, with a church. He stated proudly, “I drove every nail, myself... “Instead of filling that barn with hay, I will fill it with people and preach the Gospel.” On Sept. 7, 2014 at 9 a.m., the Woods Cross Roads Power of Faith Church of Christ will open and the minister stated, “everyone is welcomed at his Father’s table.”
Clarence is an animal lover, from years back. Over the years, he has owned cows, horses, pigs, goats, chickens, etc. Even wild animals such as raccoons, possum and deer have found their way to his property where they can easily find food left out for them, particularly during the winter months. He also has several cats roaming around because he said they cut down on the mice and snakes on the farm. Bowser lives a life of ministry and would not harm a flea.
Horse training is another gift of Mr. Bowser’s. He currently has five horses on his farm that he cares for and loves. Teaching riding lessons is probably on the horizon for Clarence Bowser in the near future. These lessons will be taught, free of charge, in exchange for labor on the farm. The students will need to have their own horses.
You cannot love animals and not love people; especially the “little people.” Bowser is out to establish some great services here in Gloucester County. He has previous experience with the Explorer Scouts from his stay in Oklahoma. Clarence plans to draw on his history of working with this group of boys in this area. He wants to bring a program of opportunities to help boys and girls to develop a their skills to a greater potential.
Minister Bowser has been donating his time for many years to the residents of Gloucester County. He shares the Word of God with several of the occupants at the Gloucester Walter Reed Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, under the supervision of Betty Welch-Taylor, whenever possible. He is a beacon of light for the aged who are in the twilight of their years.
The love and appreciation that he has for the veterans of the United States armed forces is no surprise. He is a Vietnam veteran himself, awarded for his heroism while saving the lives of South Vietnamese civilians against five North Vietnamese snipers with a confirmed body count of five. On Aug. 30, he is throwing the biggest festival for veterans that live in Gloucester and surrounding counties. All are invited to enjoy a program of dedications, free food and entertainment for the enjoyment of all.
So, if you have been losing sleep over “Whatever happened to Clarence Bowser?” you can rest easy tonight, knowing that he has been busy doing the Lord’s work. He has been utilizing his gifts, talents and possessions to help and teach those who want to make a difference in their lives, to secure a better life and future for their children and grandchildren. No, Clarence has not been idle; he has been up to a lot of good!