Officials with Houston Funeral Home said Monday that Bowles died Sunday at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Houston First United Methodist Church in Houston, Miss.
Bowles, a staunch support of small business, retired from the Legislature in 2004. The country storekeeper was known for standing up during debates to ask who wanted a certain bill. He was chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee from 1992-2004.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Kate Wooldridge Bowles of Houston; two sons; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother.