2018-12-06 / Front Page

Annual Parade of Lights will NOT be this Saturday but Sun., Dec. 16, instead


Bringing up the rear of the Christmas Parade of Lights again this year will be Santa Claus, officially ushering in the Christmas season in downtown Washington. Bringing up the rear of the Christmas Parade of Lights again this year will be Santa Claus, officially ushering in the Christmas season in downtown Washington. Due to anticipated weather this weekend, the annual Washington Christmas Parade of Lights will not roll through town until Sunday, December 16, at 6 p.m. All other details remain the same.

Grand marshal for the parade will be Henry Bowen.

Bowen grew up on a farm near Register, Georgia, and was a graduate of Statesboro High School. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Georgia.

After college, Bowen went to work for the Coca-Cola Company in the marketing research department before enrolling in pharmacy school. He graduated from UGA with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and took a job with Jacob’s Pharmacy in Chamblee, Georgia.

In 1974, Henry came to Washington and was employed by Jim Maxwell at Medical Pharmacy. Later that year, the pair would open what was known as The Prescription Shop. Bowen sold The Prescription Shop in 1995 and later retired from CVS in 2013.

While living in Washington, Bowen supported the community and its organizations such as Little League and W-WCHS athletics. He also served as president of The Washington Little Theater Company where he contributed in various ways, including playing the part of Mitch in “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Bowen has two daughters, Susan Bowen (Larry Grimm) and Sally Reeder (Blair), and two grandchildren, Riley Reeder and Nicholas Grimm.

Bowen will always have a deep affection for Wilkes County and its people.

Prizes for parade entries will be awarded in three categories and a $500 prize will be presented to the overall winner. At the same time as the parade, youngsters in downtown Washington will be enjoying Snow on The Square from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The parade is dedicated to the memory of Lisa Hampton, “whose vision, dedication, and energy made this parade the joyful celebration it has become, and whose life touched so many of us in so many positive ways.”

Gold-level parade sponsors include Cravco, Inc./McDonald’s, Davenport-McLendon Mortuary, F&M Bank, Fievet Pharmacy, Harper’s Personal Care Home, Bee Southern, Washington Dance Academy, McLendon Memorial Funeral Home, Sim Dill Construction, Stolkin Temple No. 22, The News-Reporter, Terry’s IGA, Urgent MD, Myra Blackmon and Tom Holland, and James and Margaret Jones.

Bronze sponsors are Young’s Fashion and Tena’s Fine Diamonds and Jewelry.

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