The man standing with all the children is my wonderful Father, Donald Lee Bowman II. He passed away today (5-04-09). He was 58 years young and full of life. He was a strong and caring man. He was my Poppy. He will be missed. One of my fondest memories of my dad was when my son was born. He held Alex in his arms and would whisper in his ear. I never knew what he told him that day at the hospital but whatever it was Alex listened. After Poppy was finished, Alex decided that his first (pardon the expression) fart was going to be in his grandfathers arms. Poppy just looked at him and smiled. Then said "Good he works. We don't have to give him back." I had a great chuckle over that. I remember going to an overnight camp and when my mom and dad came to pick us up I was in tears. I was so happy to see my Poppy. I never went to camp after that. I remember at nights when my dad had to work late, I would stay up until I heard his voice say "I'm home." then I would go right to sleep. I remember pizza nights in front of the TV watching Micheal Jackson's Moon Walk movie. I remember when I was in any trouble I would go to my Poppy first. He was always the one that would get me out of the trouble I was in, and he was never mad. I will always remember the look the look in his eyes every time he looked at his grandchildren. He was always full of love for them. They always came first. He would bring me clothes, toys, furniture and most of all he would bring them candy. Skittles, MMs, paydays, you name it he would bring it. Poppy will forever and always be loved. You're in a better place Poppy. I'm sure Grandma Helen was there to greet you with open arms. I know that you'll be watch over not only your children but your grandchildren as well. You hold a piece of my heart until I see you again. I love you with all my heart and soul.