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Mark Kenneth Bowles

July 11, 1964 ~ February 19, 2021 (age 56)


Mark Kenneth Bowles, 56 of Wiggins, passed away Friday morning at Memorial Hospital of Stone County. He was preceded by his parents, John Joseph and Rose Marie (Billiott) Bowles, along with two brothers, Jerry and Chris Bowles. Mark was born July 11, 1964 in New Orleans, the eighth of John and Rose Marie's ten children. He grew up in Metairie where he enjoyed the outdoors and riding his bicycle, which grew to motorcycles, especially dirt bikes. Energetic and always doing something, Mark was up for just about anything and never backed away from a challenge. After his educational pursuits ended, he went to work at the Gateway Hotel with his brothers. While some worked in the kitchen, or doing banquets, Mark focused on maintenance, working there for a few years. He then went to the Time Picayune as a pressman, working there for several years before a bad automobile accident left him injured and medically retired. Mark moved to Wiggins in the 90s and enjoyed hunting whenever he could. He is remembered as a fun loving guy, the kind of person that was in a good mood all the time. Among his favorite sayings was "Whazzzuuup" and he was known as Gizmo or Cotton Top by those closest to him. He was the type to help anyone, with anything, and widely considered a workaholic, as he never stopped. Mark loved his family and was very protective of them. A loving brother and trusted friend to many, he will be sadly missed by all whose life he touched. Left to cherish his memories are: his sisters Laura (Ralph) Schwarner of Atlanta, GA and Rose Bowles of Metairie, with brothers Ed (Allison), Jimmy and Timmy, all of Metairie, Johnny (Marla) Bowles of West Palm Beach, FL and Mike (Beth) Bowles of Covington, LA. Mark leaves numerous extended family and friends, including one of his closest, Brian Dess of Saucier. His final wishes were to be cremated, which his family is honoring. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Bowles family in their time of need, asking everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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