Joyce Bowman died May 25, 2013, after a 10-month fight with cancer.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
One year ago Monday, Joyce Bowman, lost her fight to cancer. Many describe her as someone not afraid to fight to get things done, but at the end of the day, everyone wanted to be her friend.
"Hadn't a day gone by that I hadn't thought about Joyce," says her husband of 37 years, Jerry Bowman. "I love her to the most, I still just oh so love her so much," her son Jerry Bowman Jr, says.
Joyce Bowman was the District 5 commissioner. She served on the Caddo Parish Commission and Shreveport City Council since 1999. She became the first African-American woman to chair both the Caddo Commission and the Shreveport City Council in her 15 years of public service.
Her son, Jerry, says she always wanted to help people. "She said that, ‘Well Jerry, if I could help just one person along the way, I'll feel like my job here has not been in vain.'" Her husband tells the same story. "Always had people at heart, it didn't matter how small a situation, or how large a situation, she was very concerned about that."
Joyce was known for her fiery character. "To be a voice, if you didn't hear anything, you would hear my mom when she spoke, and I told people that's not just on TV or that's not just for the meetings, that's her all day long," Jerry Bowman Jr says.
She died May 25, 2013, after a 10-month fight with cancer. "Everybody knew she wouldn't back down if she believed in something then she went the whole way she went the whole mile" her son says.
Many described her as someone who never met a stranger. She was a champion for thousands of Caddo citizens, and always ready to 'fight the good fight' to help others. "Its just taken a big chunk out of my life when she passed." says her husband. "I miss her so much, so much. I miss her every day, every day."