William Arthur "Bill"
Bowman Jr. was born in 1928 in Chattooga County, the son of William and
Lillie Bowman. He graduated from Gore School in 1945, and worked at
Farmers & Merchants Bank from 1946 to 1960. Bill retired from
banking in 1991 and now lives in Oconee County, near children and
The former Chattooga County resident shared
several photographs, some of which have been featured in earlier web
pages. Below are several more from Bill's collection.
left to right: Bill Edwards, Jess Lee, and Clyde Holt were soda
jerks at Jackson Drug Store in downtown Summerville in the late 1940s.
Dean (left), pastor of Four Mile Baptist Church from 1946 to 1951,
presided at the baptism of G.W. Bramlett (center) and Grady Henry Bramlett, Bill's father-in-law.
Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Millican operated a grocery store in Summerville.
Newsome was a classmate of Bill's future wife, Sue Bramlett,
Summerville High School Class of 1949. He stands by a car named
"Durango" as shown on the fender skirt.
Another friend of Sue's was Sarah Ayers, shown in a circa 1949 photo.
Duff (left) and Sue Bramlett, along with several other classmates,
traveled to Jacksonville, Florida for the 1949 Summerville High School
Bramlett and Bill Bowman were married in 1951. They are shown at the
1954 grand opening of the new Farmers & Merchants Bank building at
the southeast corner of Commerce Street and East Washington Street in
work for bank president Daniel Lee McWhorter (right) at Farmers &
Merchants Bank was interrupted by a two-year stint in the U.S. Army.
photo of Sue and Bill shows the teller's area. The drive-thru window is
shown behind them. The window is clearly visible even today as you
drive past the vacant building.
Bowman and Genevieve Hill McWhorter, wife of Daniel Lee McWhorter, pose with several congratulatory
floral arrangements. Many people remember this bank building as a
beehive of activity when most (all?) of the tellers who stood behind
the counter on the left were men.
Bill poses with his brothers-in-law, Cecil Ray (left) and G.W. Bramlett (right), 1954.
and Tessie Bramlett at their Cloudland home, 1954. Grady worked at
Scoggins Motor and Implement Company, a Plymouth-Chrysler dealership
located across Cox Street from the county jail.
Thanks to Bill Bowman for sharing his photographs. Some details are attributed to Bob Baker's Chattooga County book.