BOWERS, Jr., Thomas
Thomas Jesse Bowers, Jr. recently passed away at his home in Waleska, Georgia. He was born on December 10, 1934, to Lillian Wikle and Thomas J. Bowers, Sr., in Madison, Alabama. His family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1947, where he attended Clark Howell Elementary School and O’Keefe High School. He attended Emory University and was initiated into the Sigma Nu Fraternity, eventually receiving his BBA from Georgia State University. While attending Georgia State, he was a member of their band, glee club, and continued to be involved with the Sigma Nu fraternity. He then graduated from the Institute of Banking Administration School conducted at the BAI School of the University of Wisconsin. He was first hired by Trust Company in 1955 as a cashier before serving in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959, after returning home he continued to work with Trust Company Bank in Atlanta as a cashier , a decision that ultimately led to a 50-year career. and post of first vice-president. He was selected to attend a summer banking program at Harvard Business School, Managing Information Systems. He has served on numerous banking boards, associations, and community outreach projects, including Junior Achievement which he has supported throughout his career and served on Georgia’s Board of Directors. He participated in the introduction of the automatic teller machine (ABM) in the South, a project close to his heart. He was a Life Boy Scout and adult leader for 28 years as Troop Committee Chairman and Master Scout. He served as chairman of the district committee for the advancement of camping and high adventure. He made seven trips to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, once as a leader; and accompanied a crew to the Boy Scout Canoe Base in Ely, Minnesota. He served as president of the North District of Atlanta, board member, and treasurer of the Atlanta Area Council. He was a dedicated fan and supporter of the Blackburn United women’s football team at Blackburn Park in DeKalb County. Mr. Bowers is survived by his wife, Marjorie Hallman Bowers of Waleska; son, Thomas Jess Bowers, III, of Canton; daughter, Katherine Bowers Memory and her husband Jay; granddaughter, Ellie Anna Memory of Marietta; and an array of nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Peachtree Road Lutheran Church in Atlanta. A celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2023 for family members when his ashes will be released in the mountains of North Georgia, a place where he had hiked, camped and loved.