Gus Hall Bowering
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church for Gus Hall Bowering, 71, of Hattiesburg, MS. He was the son of Maurice Joseph Bowering and Bessie Lee McInnis, born October 13, 1948 in Canton, MS. He died December 13, 2019. Gus graduated from Hattiesburg High School and the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Special Education and Elementary Education and a Masters of Education degree in Special Education Administration and Emotionally Handicapped.
His commitment to the betterment of his community and his varied talents were widely recognized. Gus played first chair trombone at HHS, was selected for the Lion's All State Band and won the coveted John Phillip Sousa Award. Gus was an early member of The Mississippi Chorus performing in The Messiah and other musical programs. Gus earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 91, Bay St. Presbyterian Church where he was active in the youth programs. Gus began his lifelong volunteer work in1966 with Civitan Camp for Retarded Children. In 1969, Gus and three other volunteers started the Special Olympics program in Mississippi, taking 5 students to the National Special Olympics in North Carolina. Gus helped to establish a statewide program for Special Olympics and served as Regional and State Director for 7 years. He assisted in developing the Mississippi Arts for the Handicapped, was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of Hattiesburg, MS, and recognized by Eunice Shriver for his endeavors for the handicapped.
As Special Education Program Director he implemented “mainstreaming” throughout the district and expanded special education from 12 programs to 84, including Speech Therapy, Gifted Education, Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotionally Handicapped, and mentally retarded. He served on the Hattiesburg Jaycees Board and as President, directed the March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon, and assisted in the Miss Hattiesburg Pageant for three years. In1981 he joined the Mississippi Department of Education as Division Director of Special Projects computer/data management. In 1990, he transferred to the Office of Educational Technology and helped the state write the State of Mississippi Technology Plan, implementing a program to provide a computer in every classroom and internet access to all school campuses. While working for Compass Learning Educational Software Corporation he organized replacing lost computer technology in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Gus served on the Board of Directors of the Jackson (Livingston) Zoo. His enterprises and hobbies included breeding and raising exotic birds and animals, cultivating native and exotic plants, gardening, stained glass arts, watercolor painting, needlework, jewelry making and genealogical research and documentation of over 37,000 ancestors.
In retirement Gus earned recognition for Keep Hattiesburg Beautiful and Pinehaven Yard of the Month. Gus was active in performing arts and served on Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera Board of Directors, performed in numerous plays and musicals, working on and off stage for HCLO and Just Over The Rainbow theatrical organizations and was JORT President. He provided mass care for the American Red Cross, was an accomplished photographer for Southern Pines Animal Shelter, a volunteer for Aids Service Coalition and served as a counselor and phlebotomist.
Gus is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Maurice Daniel Bowering, Sr. Gus is survived by his sister, Sandra Bowering Booker; his sister-in-law, Sherry Bowering; nephews Jeff Landrum and Danny Bowering, Jr.; nieces Tiffany Landrum and Katherine Cain; great-nieces Ashley Ulrich and Maegan Broussard; two great-nephews; a great-great nephew; and a host of family, close friends and associates.
Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.