Bowers 'Citizen of the Year'

By Greg Miller

Arthur Bryon "Deacon" Bowers was announced as the "Citizen of the Year" for 2002 during the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce's 67th annual membership meeting held at the Truman Clark Annex of the Carter County Health Department.
   Last year's award winner, Elizabethton Mayor Sam LaPorte, presented the award to Bowers.
   "I would like to accept this award on behalf of our Veterans War Memorial Committee," remarked Bowers, who served in the Army in the Korean Conflict. He praised the committee for their effort on the project, as well as local citizens, "who really got behind our efforts." Since September 2001, Bowers has served as the committee's chairman.
   The Memorial honors the 256 individuals "who left Carter County, dropped everything that they had to do, went to war and paid the supreme sacrifice for the freedoms that you and I enjoy today."
   Bowers served as manager of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Lynn H. Folsom Post 2166 for several years. He completed courses at the National Veterans' Training Institute.
   Beginning in 1968, Bowers served veterans for the employment representative for the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency, now the Labor and Workforce Development organization.
   A member of the Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Boxing Hall of Fame, Bowers has served as a referee for the National Golden Gloves Boxing Association since 1962.
   An East Tennessee Golden Gloves boxing champion, Bowers met his wife, the former Carol Morgan of Birmingham, Ala., after a boxing match in Elizabethton. The Bowerses have two daughters, Donna and Julie, and one son, Paul.