The Obituary for John’s Mother

Over the years, John Holmes has been a topic on the Pataskala community bulletin board at There, you can read comments from locals and at least one alleged relative. The discussion thread goes back years, and things get a bit heated with religious talk, porno…It’s entertaining, if anything. I need to finish “Inches” so I can get to the bottom of John’s family life and the impact his career and choices had on them.

Brandy alerted me to this and the obit being online, so I just went ahead and posted it all. Thanks B!


The Columbus Dispatch. February 8, 2012.


Mary J. Bowman, 93, of Pataskala, passed away at the Pataskala Oaks Care Center on January 27, 2012.

Born on June 24, 1918 to the late John and Bessie (Gillenwater) Barton in Washington Court House, Ohio.

Survived by children, Eddie (Barbara) Bowman, Dale (Ruth Ann) Holmes, Anna Louise Blount and David A. (Kerry) Bowman; ten grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Wesley (Evelyn) and Lloyd (Janet) Barton; sister-in-law, Elsie Barton; many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband Harold Bowman, brothers Arthur and Donald Barton, sisters Dorothy and Virginia Hoffman.

Graveside service on Friday, February 10, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Harrison Township Cemetery, South Bloomfield, OH, with Pastor Mark Pierce officiating.

KAUBER-SAMMONS FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements.