John Harvey Bowen, MD
  • In lieu of flowers, please make memroial donations to:
  • Maryville-Alcoa Seventh Day Adventist Church c/o the John H. Bowen Fund
    P.O. Box 4128
    Maryville, TN 37802

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“My uncle John, I truly feel blessed to have been your nephew and I will always treasure our little chats. You definitely left your mark on this...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Jeff rhodes - Fishers, IN

“Dr. Bowen was a very kind Christian, and he always picked me and my family up to take us to church every Sabbath in Maryville, Tennessee since I was...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Suzanne Ryder nee Whitley - NE

“A giant of a Christian man that I have always looked up to. Dusty and I taking a ride to Gatlinberg & sharing of her wisdom. Hamilton taking my two...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Margie Lunt - Loma Linda,, CA

“Dear Bowen family, We're thinking of you during this time of grief. May your faith and good memories sustain you. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Penny Parker - Maryville, TN

“I am very sorry to hear about Dr. Bowen's passing. He was a devoted friend to our family, especially to my Father and Mother, Don and Bobbie Garner...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Sandra (Garner) Hurley - TN

“Dr Bowen was a wonderful man and great individual, He will be missed. Our hearts go out to his family. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Gloria Goddard / Dawn Mcginis - TN

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you - so sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Bowen will be greatly missed! -Knoxville First SDA Church family ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Knoxville First SDA Church

“May God bless the family of Dr. Bowen in their time of sorrow. I will never forget his kindness, friendship, and great conversations we had. With...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Mike Akins - Maryville, TN

“Liebe Trauerfamilie Kein Trostwort ist so stark, den großen Schmerz zu mindern. Gott und die Zeit allein vermoegen ihn zu lindern. Seien...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Roland Ledermann - IN

“Our deepest sympathy to the family members. We have been friends with Harvey and Dusty for many year. We knew Harvey back in Loma Linda and White...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Dr. Lewis & Marje Sommerville - NC

“Shared many dinners and visits over the years with my great friends John and Betty. He will be sorely missed. What a great gentleman, husband and...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Sheila Ball Araguel - Logaenville, GA

“I remember going to John's and Betty's for Thanksgiving in the 1970s. The men would go hunting (or to see who could tell the tallest tale) and the...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Patricia Fields Thornell - OH

“Deepest sympathies to the family. Want to mention that 2 years ago Christmas time, Dr. Bowen let us cut a few cedar trees from his property across...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Coleen and Richard Stanley - TN

“Uncle John was a very caring man. He will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace, your Niece Mary Beth ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Elizabeth Rhodes-Hummell - IN


John Harvey Bowen was born in Florence, Mississippi April 25, 1924, and spent his early life in Lamar County, Mississippi. Moving to Collegedale, Tennessee , in 1939, he attended Southern Adventist University. Drafted into the Army Air Force in 1943, he served until 1944 when he was discharged to attend Loma Linda Medical School in Loma Linda, California,graduating in 1948. His internship was performed in the service of the U.S. Navy Reserve at Portsmouth, Virginia, followed by a Radiology residency at Kennedy VA Hospital and John Gaston Hospital. He practiced briefly at Knoxville General Hospital where he met his wife Dusty, a student nurse. They married in 1953, the year he joined the medical staff of Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee, where he practiced until retiring in 1998. While at Blount Memorial, he served in various capacities, including Chief of Radiology and Chief of Staff. A devout member of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, he served two tours of duty as a medical missionary to the Bangkok Sanitarium and Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1961—1962 and in 1965, where he founded the Department of Radiology. He and his family traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and Africa during this posting. An avid tree lover, he was an active member of the Forest Land Owner's Association, serving on the executive committee, board or directors and a term as president. He was a charter member and elder of the Maryville Seventh-Day Adventist church. Preceded in death by his parents Drue and Lillie Bowen, brother DeWitt and sister-in-law Josie and sister Thyra Bowen Kiplinger and brother-in law Col. John Kiplinger. Survived by his wife Elizabeth 'Dusty' Rhodes Bowen, son Hamilton and wife Evans and son Jackson and wife Terry, granddaughters Caroline, Alexandra and Catherine, nephew Bruce Bowen and wife Truby and niece JoDee Bowen. A special thanks to his loving caregivers Brenda, Stacy, Angela, Robin, Diane and Carrie. He loved his country, his family and his church and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Maryville-Alcoa Seventh-Day Adventist Church c/o the John H. Bowen fund, PO Box 4128, Maryville, TN 37802. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in the Smith Trinity Chapel with Elder Ed Santana officiating. Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000.