Billy Saxon Bowie

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Personal and Family Information

Billy was born on 7 NOV 1915 in Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas, the son of Arthur Bowie and Eleanor Cornelia Simmons.[Note 2]

He died on 26 SEP 1989 in Searcy, White County, Arkansas.[Note 3]

His wife was Emma Elsie Flynt, who he married on 7 FEB 1943 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. Their only known child was Arthur Flynt (1946-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

Billy Saxon Bowie
(1915-1989)

 

Arthur Bowie
(1881-1941)

 

James W Bowie
(c1834-<1891)

   
 
 
     
 
 
   

Caniza Reeves
(1840-1906)

 

Elijah Reeves
(-<1850)

 
   

Anna NotKnown
(1815-?)

 
   

Eleanor Cornelia Simmons
(1887-1967)

 

Benjamin Fletcher Simmons
(1860-1939)

 

Holman Felix Simmons
(1824-1893)

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Theodora Mary Saxon
(1834-c1917)

+
   

Lucy James Rotenberry
(1863-1900)

 

James A Rotenberry
(1838-c1866)

+
   

Cornelia Jane McGuire
(1838-1877)

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Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth7 NOV 1915
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Address: 213 Elm St, born 10 PM, Nov 7, 1915 Arkansas Birth Certificate #945, dated 15 Nov 1915, certified copy dated Aug 17, 1942 in possession of Arthur F Bowie, 21 Aug 97
Birth Cert-Bowie,BillyS
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See Note 2
Death26 SEP 1989
Place: Searcy, White County, Arkansas
Age: 73y, 10m, 21d
Type: natural
Address: Wife Emma and son Arthur present time of death. 2:30 A.M
Cause: Acute Respiratory Insuffidiency
Agency: Arkansas certificate of death #0075819 filed 3Oct1989
See Note 3
Census9 JAN 1920
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 4 b Ark
Address: 213 Elm Street with parents and older brother Buddy
Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
Source: Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
Date: JAN 1920
Publisher: US Deptartment of Commerence

Census4 APR 1930
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 14 b Ark
Address: 213 Elm Street
Census 1930, Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Newport and Tuckerman
Source: Census 1930, Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Newport and Tuckerman
Date: APR 1930
Publisher: US Dept of Commerence

Census6 APR 1940
Place: Augusta, Arkansas
Age: 25 born Ark
Address: dwelling 120 with parents and younger siblings
Census 1940 Arkansas, Woodruff County, Augusta City
Source: Census 1940 Arkansas, Woodruff County, Augusta City
Authors: US Federal Census
Date: APR 1940

Burial1989
Place: Augusta, Woodruff County, Arkansas
Age: 73y, 10m, 21d
Type: Headstone
Address: N 35° 17.350' W091° 21.726' WGS84 Augusta Memorial Park Cemetery west of Brown - Guy, Huston, and Eva, south of Sale - Helen and Kennady
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ResidenceBET 1972 AND 1989
Place: Augusta, Arkansas
Type: Brick House
Address: Augusta, Arkansas
Cause: moved from 216 South 4th, Augusta
Agency: Home
Dwg-Augusta Street Map
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See Note 4
Graduated1933
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 18
Address: Walnut Street High School Newport, Arkansas
Newport, Arkansas HS Class Photo 1933
Source: Newport, Arkansas HS Class Photo 1933
Authors: PK Holmes Newport, Arkansas
Date: 1933
Citation Date: 1933
Text: Newport Class Photo with names and cover letter by P.K. Holmes date January 10, 1964 in possession of Arthur F Bowie 6/2/98.
Quality: Primary

Newport High School, Class of 1933
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Doc-Bowie,Billy, High School Diploma
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Will2 OCT 1989
Place: Augusta, Woodruff County, Arkansas
Age: 73
Type: Filed for probate
Address: Woodruff County Courthouse Augusta, Arkansas
Cause: death
Agency: Probate Court, Woodruff County, Arkansas
See Note 5
Other Event1923
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 7
Address: Stream of History, July 1966, page 16 low quality Picture of Tom Thumb wedding with Billy and friends copy in genelogy file"Billy Bowie" in possession AFB Feb03
Tom Thumb Wedding, 1923
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See Note 6
Other Event1931
Place: Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas
Age: 16
Address: Eagle Scout Boy Scouts of America
Other EventBET 29 NOV 1940 AND 18 AUG 1941
Place: Omaha, Neb
Age: 25
Type: Military Service
Address: Entered in Little Rock Ark trained Ft Riley Ks per his father's obit Discharged Omaha, Neb
Cause: death of father
Agency: US Army
Certificate of Service 37060123 - Bowie B.S
Source: Certificate of Service 37060123 - Bowie B.S
Publisher: HQ 7th Corp Omaha Neb
Citation Date: 3 APR 1945
Page: Certificate of Service 37060123
Text: Certificate of Service 37060123, filed for record 3 April 1945 HQ 7th Corp Omaha Neb. Recorded Woodruff county Arkansas Discharge book page 80, 3 April 1977. copy in possession of Arthur Bowie 1Jun98
Quality: Primary

Military - Bowie, Billy S
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See Note 7
Other Event15 SEP 1942
Place: Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
Age: 26
Address: First Solo in J3
Pilot's Log Book and Flight Record
Source: Pilot's Log Book and Flight Record
Authors: Billy Bowie

See Note 8

Attributes

AttributeDateDescriptionDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
OccupationBET 1941 AND 15 JUN 1977Retail Merchant
Place: Augusta, Arkansas
Type: Retail Liquor Store,
Address: 901 East Main Street
Cause: est 1939, father Arthur Bowie killed 1941
Agency: Bowie's Drive Thru Liquor Store
See Note 9
See Note 10

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Notes

Note 1

Video of JoAnne and Arthur Wedding 23 Feb 1979

...... at Al and Winnie Flynt home in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Note 2

Billy recongized his father's handwriting on this birth certificate.

Arthur gives his age as 34, which indicates birth year 1881, and birth place Sanatobia, Mississippi. Billy is the third child

Note 3

Immediate cause:Acute Respiratory insufficiency

due to: congestive heart failure

due to: severe chronic obstructive lung disease

unoffical reflection by AFB; all due to many years heavy smoking and binge drinking.

Note 4

Lived in either Newport or Augusta lifelong, except for a few months in Army. Last and longest home in Newport was 213 Elm Street.

He and Emma married in 1942 and lived in rented space across from Methodist Church. In 1943 they bought house at 216 South Fourth in Augusta. A smaller house facing Mulberry Street was on the large lot and was used as rental property the whole time Billy and Emma lived there. Renters included Pint and Martha Thompson, Ed Flower, Mary Ann Davis and Bobby Brown.

June 1961Billy contracted to install a Reynolds lifetime Aluminum roof. Credit application gives interesting details about work history for Billy and Emma. That aluminum roof was still on the house at 216 S 4th in 2006.

In 1972 they moved a few blocks up the street to 401 Magnolia where they lived until Billy died.

Note 5

May 4, 1990 Order of final distribution filed in Woodruff County

Orginial Will in genelogy file "Billy Bowie" in possession AFB 2/5/2003

Note 6

Tom Thumb Wedding 1923.

Photo taken at the home of Mrs John W Stayton, 522 Walnut ST, Newport.

In front in white suit: Billy Stephens, ringbearer.

Front Row: Mary Wise, Fred Pickens, Elizabeth Rossington.

Second Row: Luther Bob Harrell, Howard Ridley, Virginia Hinkle, Groom Glenn Edgar, and Bride Jane Bandy. (Her son Herschal Cast was roommate with AFB at UA)

Third Row: Joe Findley, Maude Frances West, Walker Parish, Billy Bowie, Clay Gregory, Emily Watson

Top Row Minister Paul K Holmes, Alma Davis

Note 7

Billy service records and notes of WWII service of Piggy and Tay Schol in genelogy file "Billy Bowie" in possession AFB 2/5/2003.

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Note 8

First flight 8/27/42 in a Taylorcraft at Little Rock. Then instruction filights at Memphis in J3 Cub 2 to 3 times per week until First Solo on 9/15/1942.

In 1946, the day before son Arthur was born in Little Rock, Billy logged 3.5 hours in a Cub shooting landings at McCory.

Private Pilot check ride successfully completed 4/21/1947 at Beebe.

Nothing logged between Sept 1949 and August 1959. Several flight in August, Sept, and October 1959, then none until Sept, Oct and Dec 1966.

Next activity began July 1973 and ended with last entry Jan 17, 1981 in Searcy..

Significant entry on May 18, 1975 in Cessna 172 N 5031R, round trip from August to Newton Kansas with Mr A. We went to see Beede Aircraft demo that he was buying. My logbook has more detail on that trip, 31R was a plane I rented in Jonesboro and made a few cross country trips in.

Nov 8, 1978 is another flight with son Arthur in a Cessna 172 N 2533Y from Searcy to Walnut Ridge to practice VOR tracking.

Note 9

June 15, 1977 Bill of Sale for store and laundry o Raplph Myers, Jr of McCory. Notarized by Max Bowie in Possession of Arthur F Bowie 6/1/98

Billy help father establish liquor stores twice in Augusta. First was 1935 in downtown in or near building that became Canon Drugstore. City voted dry, forced closure of first try.

Letter Billy to Arthur dated May 14, 1969 and notes of conversation dated 5/25/77 both in possession of Arthur F Bowie 6/2/98

Second store probably established about summer of 1937 based on BBB notes that family moved from Newport to Augusta after he finished 6th grade and that BBB was in Augusta for 7, 8, 9 and 10 years of school. Then back to Newport when father was killed in May 1941.

Note 10

Billy also owned a coin operated, self service laundry in downtown Augusta. He overbuilt , underestimated market size and operating costs. It was a separate corporation that went bankrupt early, was reformed and operated for several years at break even or slight loss. I don't remember the years, but may have first started about 1959 and continued in one form or another until Billy retired and sold liquor store and laundry, Bank of Augusta ended up with the lot and building, in 2003 the space is a parking lot just north of the Bank.

Another venture that Billy tried was farming. In either late fortys or early fiftys he bought a small bottomland farm south of Augusta and had a tentant farmer operate it. I think the same tororado that devastated Judsona in early 1950s hit the tentant house and may have put him out of the farm business. He sold the land to Dr Rogers of Searcy who was accumulating a lot of farm land in those years.

Sources

  1. Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
    Source: Census 1920 Arkansas, Jackson County , ED 71 Newport, ED 181 Breckendridge Twp
    Date: JAN 1920
    Publisher: US Deptartment of Commerence
  2. Census 1930, Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Newport and Tuckerman
    Source: Census 1930, Arkansas, Jackson Cty, Newport and Tuckerman
    Date: APR 1930
    Publisher: US Dept of Commerence
  3. Newport, Arkansas HS Class Photo 1933
    Source: Newport, Arkansas HS Class Photo 1933
    Authors: PK Holmes Newport, Arkansas
    Date: 1933
    Citation Date: 1933
    Text: Newport Class Photo with names and cover letter by P.K. Holmes date January 10, 1964 in possession of Arthur F Bowie 6/2/98.
    Quality: Primary
  4. Census 1940 Arkansas, Woodruff County, Augusta City
    Source: Census 1940 Arkansas, Woodruff County, Augusta City
    Authors: US Federal Census
    Date: APR 1940
  5. Certificate of Service 37060123 - Bowie B.S
    Source: Certificate of Service 37060123 - Bowie B.S
    Publisher: HQ 7th Corp Omaha Neb
    Citation Date: 3 APR 1945
    Page: Certificate of Service 37060123
    Text: Certificate of Service 37060123, filed for record 3 April 1945 HQ 7th Corp Omaha Neb. Recorded Woodruff county Arkansas Discharge book page 80, 3 April 1977. copy in possession of Arthur Bowie 1Jun98
    Quality: Primary
  6. Pilot's Log Book and Flight Record
    Source: Pilot's Log Book and Flight Record
    Authors: Billy Bowie