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March 20, 2013

James Earl Bowling

PRINCETON — James Earl Bowling, 79, of Princeton, died Monday, March 18, 2013 at Princeton Community Hospital. Born July 27, 1933 in Spanishburg, he was the son of the late Thomas Campbell Bowling and Chloe Archer Bowling.  

Mr. Bowling was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked in the coal mines for over 20 years for Allied Chemical Corporation. He was the owner and operator of Jim's Service Station on the corner of Mercer Street and Honaker Avenue in Princeton for 20 years. He attended First United Methodist Church in Princeton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Curtis Bowling, Dorsey Lee Bowling, Carl Bowling, Bill Bowling and Oakey Ray Bowling.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Wilma Davidson Bowling; two sons, James Bowling and his wife Diane of Woodford, Va. and Joseph Bowling and his wife Lisa of Bluefield, Va.; one daughter, Jessica Pritchett and her husband Jason of Princeton; ten grandchildren, Jae, Lauren, Tabitha, Jake, Jenna and Jett Bowling and Jaycee, Jersey, Jasper and Jillian Pritchett; one sister, Elizabeth Green and her husband Harry of Crab Orchard; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Scott Sears officiating.  

Honoring his request, the body will be cremated following the service and his cremains will be scattered at the farm where he was born in Spanishburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 304, Princeton, WV 24740 or to the Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 71, Spanishburg, WV 25922.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until service hour at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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