William (Billy) A. Bowens was born in Pittsburgh, PA on January 11, 1965. Billy was placed in the Foster Care System as an infant at approximately 6 months of age. The Foster Care System reached out to Wilfred and Bernice Dennis, Sr. to care for Billy. He was received with open arms in this family where he was loved and nurtured. Billy was raised in the Homewood AME Zion Church, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the Pittsburgh Public School System and graduated from Westinghouse High School where he was a member of the band.
After graduation, Billy worked briefly at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. He also worked assisting family and friends with construction, lawn care and other handyman projects.
At a young age, Billy developed a love for 16-wheeler trucks through the mentorship of the late Mr. Bush. Billy was also a fisherman and quite knowledgeable about the sport. He fished in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lake Mead, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Lake Eufaula in Alabama just to name a few.
He loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and watched the games faithfully. After the game, he would call his brother and tell him about all the plays they missed and what play should have been called in addition to all his other critiques about the game. His commentary will be missed
Billy loved God. He read and studied his Bible faithfully. He joined Bible study groups. He was a kind and gentle person and always ready and willing to help. He loved his family and looked forward to our annual family reunions.
Billy was preceded in death by his foster parents, Wilfred and Bernice Dennis, Sr. He leaves to cherish his memory his brothers, Wilfred (Twanda) Dennis, Jr., Kevin Randolph; Percy (Marvin) Reed, his sisters Eloise Washington and Antoinette Jones; his aunts, Rosie Lee Dennis, Mary Merrill of New Jersey and Earnestine Robinson of South Carolina, and a host of other relatives.
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