A Biography of Roger Malcolm Bowles


Roger Malcolm Bowles


Roger Malcolm Bowles, 71, died peacefully at home on November 20, 2008. Roger was born on March 17, 1937, a fifth generation native of Travis County. He would spend the rest of his life in the community he loved, where he would build a successful business from modest beginnings and a strong family with his wife of forty-seven years, Sandy. In the early 1960s, Roger entered the consumer finance industry; he would open his first storefront in 1976, Worth Finance Corporation, on San Jacinto Boulevard in downtown Austin. Since that time, Roger grew and expanded Worth into a successful statewide business, still family owned and operated today. It was also in the early 1960s that Roger and Sandy became parents to three beautiful girls, Melanie, Carla, and Robin. The four women in his immediate family always represented Roger's greatest source of pride, joy, and success. Roger had the good fortune to know and love six grandchildren, most of whom called him Granddaddy Happy, because that's what he was. Roger was always happy, and those who knew him can scarcely recall an image of Roger without a smile on his face. He did not know a stranger; his wide and open handshake was ever present. If you talked with him a little while, odds were good you'd get your hand shaken a second time. Roger loved to visit with friends. He loved managing his business, even doing so during the past year, since a cancer recurrence. He loved to watch Austin grow and change, driving through town and revisiting the city's landmarks. He loved traveling with Sandy. He loved history. He loved a good hamburger. He loved running into people he knew when he and Sandy went to Luby's. He had a gentle nature, a kind soul, and a generous spirit. He was the easy-going steady presence of a large and vibrant family, which he loved deeply. Roger was a past president and member emeritus of the Texas Consumer Finance Association, a member of the Sons of the Republic and the Sons of the American Revolution, and a faithful member of the Wedding Ring Class of the First United Methodist Church in Austin. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Malcolm Bowles and Alta Mae Puryear. He is survived by his wife Sandy, and the families of his girls, each representing another two generations in Travis County: Melanie Azachi and husband Yoav, Carla Benson-Bowles and husband Chuck, Robin Bowles-Silence and husband Mark. The grandkids are Roman Lopez IV, Ryan Silence, Kyle Silence, Marshall Benson, Benjamin Azachi, and Madeline Azachi. Roger is also survived by his brothers, David Bowles of San Antonio, and Mitch Hovden and wife Elaine of Lubbock, by his Aunt Polly Black of Lubbock, and by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Pallbearers include Roman Lopez IV, Ryan Silence, Jinx Rector, Bill Thurman, John German, Frank Smith, Sam Kelly, and Elroy Issleib. Honorary pallbearers include The Wedding Ring Class of the First United Methodist Church in Austin. The family would like to thank the wonderful people at Hospice Austin who cared for him and gave him comfort in his last days, particularly Sarah Janosek, his personal nurse.




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