Ninety-year-old Oconee County resident William Bowman Jr., or “Bill,” as many people call him, has accomplished many things throughout his life. 

Although Bowman has lived in Oconee County for 22 years, he was born in Chattooga County in 1928. He grew up helping his family farm, and after college, he developed a business career that spanned 45 years until 1991. 

After Bowman retired, he and his first wife, Sue, moved to Oconee County to be closer to family. Sued died in 2005, after they had been married for 53 years, 

Two years later, Bowman married a family friend, Hilda Lance, who was an Oconee County native. Bill and Hilda were married until Hilda’s death last year. 

Bowman has lived most of his life in north Georgia, except for when he served in the army at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for two years training inductees during the Korean War. 

For more on this story, see the Nov. 14 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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