BEAVER DAM – Brother Cleatus Bowman, 80, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Bean Bottom, Ky., son of the late Harold and Eloise Teague Bowman. Brother Cleat was pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Beaver Dam for 24 years; had been in the ministry for 50 years and preached over 700 revivals. He also retired from Peabody Coal Company. He loved the Lord, loved his wife and loved his family. He loved UK basketball, loved people and never met a stranger and he loved singing. He began singing with his older brother, Leon. He enjoyed telling stories about his childhood and growing up in Bean Bottom. He also loved watching Andy Griffith.
Brother Cleat was preceded in death by his daughter, Cheri Stewart, and her husband, Warren; and his brother, Leon Bowman.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Donna Larkins Bowman; sons, Rusty Bowman, Travis Coffman and Brad Coffman (Angela); grandchildren, Lauren, Lindsey, Dustin, Kenzie, Dylan, Khloe, Reagan and Larkyn; six great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Bowman. Also surviving are Donna’s sisters, Alberta (Marshall) Davis, Judy (John) Gossett and Teresa Larkins; and brother, Wayne (Mona) Larkins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3, at Bible Baptist Church in Beaver Dam, with Brother Rick Jones officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Bevil Bros. Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Bible Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Sunnyside Cemetery in Beaver Dam. Due to state regulations funeral home seating capacity is limited to 60 percent.
Online condolences may be sent to bevilbrosfuneralhomes.com.