93 year old Sgt. Wilbur J. Bowman, Sr. affectionately known to many as "Sarge" of Smithville died Sunday at his residence. Sarge was born Aug. 7, 1920 in Chattanooga, TN to his parents the late Sparlin and Loretta Quinn Bowman. He served in the U.S. Army for 26 years, having retired in 1963. He was on active duty during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Sarge taught ROTC at McMinnville High School for many years. He was a carpenter. On February 20, 1945 he married Della Mae Grooms, which preceded him in death. He is survived by 4 Sons, Wilbur J. (Beverly) Bowman, Jr. of Nashville, Dennis (Sandy) Bowman of Chattanooga, Larry (Mary Lou) Bowman of Texas and Tracy (Marienne) Bowman of Nashville; 6 Grandchildren, Gary, Brandi, Peter, Stacie, Shaun and Matthew and Several Great-Grandchildren; Several Nieces and Nephews; Special Friends, Diane, Beth, Kenneth and Betty and the Neal Family, Curtis Harness and Tom Hopkins. Funeral Services 2:PM Wednesday at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Donnie Kelly and Michael Hale officiating and interment to follow in DeKalb Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Visitation will be Tuesday 1:PM until 7:PM and Wednesday 11:AM until the time of the service at 2:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.