Well-known Roane County businessman and civic leader, Richard E. Bowlby, Sr., 91, of Spencer, has died.

Bowlby graduated from Morgantown High School and West Virginia University, with a degree in Forestry. In 1957, he and two fellow classmates started Burke-Parsons-Bowlby. This company became a leader in the railroad crosstie industry and pressure treated wood products business, with plants in four states and South America.

  He was one of the founding board members of the Roane General Hospital, Spencer. He was the longest serving member of the Board, with over 50 years of dedicated service, 15 of those years as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

He was a member of the W.Va. Housing Fund Board of Directors, member and past president of the Railway Tie Association, member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank, Spencer and a member of the WVU Visiting Committee.

He was a member of the Harmony Lodge No. 59, A.F. & A.M., Pennsboro and had attended the First Baptist Church of Spencer. Mr. Bowlby was recognized most recently by Governor Jim Justice as a Distinguished West Virginian.

    In honoring his request, there will be a private family graveside service Monday at Eventide Cemetery, Spencer, with the Rev. Mark Wood officiating.

Arrangements by the John H. Taylor Funeral Home in Spencer.

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