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Bernard Gowens


Elder H. Bernard Gowens, of Friona, Texas, was born in Crosbyton, Crosby County, Texas, on April 29, 1934. He is the son of the late Elder Sylvester B. Gowens and Minnie B. Gowens.

He was ordained to the full work of the Gospel Ministry at the Muleshoe Church on September 15, 1968. For several years, he served as pastor of the Primitive Baptist Churches at Muleshoe, Texas, and Tucumcari, New Mexico. For some seven years, he filled regular monthly appointments at the Perryton, Texas, Church. He has served as pastor of the Fairview Church of Clovis, New Mexico, from 1972 to the present.

On September 17, 1957, he married M. Lynn McBride. Three sons were born to this union, David, Michael, and Daniel, all of whom are Church members. Bernard Gowens retired as a Certified Public Accountant, having served in that profession for some 38 years.

O B I T U A R Y -- April 29, 1934 - - January 31, 2023

Harold Bernard Gowens, 88, peacefully passed away to his heavenly rest on January 31, 2023. The funeral was scheduled for February 6, 2023, at First Baptist Church in Friona. Elder Michael Gowens, Elder Ronnie Hedges, and Elder Wayne Venable officiated. Burial with military honors followed in the Friona Cemetery.

Bernard was born April 29, 1934, in Crosbyton, Texas, the first of six children to Sylvester B. and Minnie Bass Gowens. He was a graduate of the 1952 class of Lubbock High School. Bernard attended Texas Tech University in the fall of 1952 while working at Furr’s Supermarket in Lubbock to help support his family.

In 1955, he was drafted into the United States Army. After completing Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Bliss, Texas, he was deployed to the army base in Wiesbaden, Germany. He spent the next 18 months as part of a heavy artillery battery, radar specialist, and mechanic. When he returned to the States, he continued his education at Draughon’s Business College in Lubbock. He met Lynn McBride and married on September 17, 1957.

In September 1968, he was ordained to the full work of the gospel ministry at Muleshoe Primitive Baptist Church, Muleshoe, Texas. Over the next 54 ½ years, Elder Gowens traveled extensively to serve Primitive Baptist Churches in Texas and Eastern New Mexico and preach on appointment in Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and California. He pastored churches in Tucumcari, NM, Clovis, NM, Muleshoe, TX, and Snyder, TX, and filled monthly appointments for years in Perryton, TX, Andrews, TX, and Brownfield, TX.

Brother Bernard was reared in a godly, Christian home, attending Primitive Baptist churches from his earliest days. He was baptized into the fellowship of Anton Primitive Baptist Church at the age of nine. At his death, his membership was with Fairview Primitive Baptist Church in Clovis, NM, where Elder Steve Baldock is pastor. He sincerely believed the doctrine of grace proclaimed by the Primitive Baptists and maintained an honest conviction for its practical simplicity. He was known as a doctrinal preacher but made it a point to teach the whole counsel of God. Elder Gowens served the Lord and His people with dedication, self-sacrifice, and humble devotion throughout his ministry.
Bernard was predeceased by his father, Elder Sylvester Gowens, his mother, Minnie Gowens, his sister, Gwendolyn Gentry, and a precious preborn child.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Lynn Gowens of Friona; three sons – David (LaDelle) Gowens of Dripping Springs, TX; Michael (Lori) Gowens of Calabash, NC; Daniel (Lisa) Gowens of Inver Grove Heights, MN – fourteen grandchildren – Amber Ferrell, Bradley Gowens, Ashley Penn, Jared Gowens, Bethany Gowins, Hayden Gowens, Zachariah Gowens, Hannah Gowens, Jaycie Gowens, Kaylie Gowens, Evelyn Gowens, Briana Simek, Elivia Gowens, Alexandra Gowens – twelve great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)
Elder James Compton was the original founder of the 'Gospel of Grace Tape Supply.' His collection of tapes began as he traveled to Church meetings and Associations recording sermons on Reel to Reel. He has maintained this library of sermons faithfully over the years and are now the foundation of PB Sermons. org. This web site is dedicated to Elder James Compton (1905 - 2007)