Shelby Delafield Bowser departed this life on Friday, January 4, 2002 , at his home. Shelby was born July 16, 1934, in North Carolina, the son of James Clayton and Maude Case Bowser. He joined Corinth Baptist Church in Jarvisburg, North Carolina at an early age, and became a member of First Baptist Church Denbigh in 1993. He graduated from the public schools of Currituck County, North Carolina in 1952. He joined the United States Air Force and served with honor from July 1952 through his retirement in October 1973. He served in both the Korean conflict and the Viet-Nam war. He received numerous awards and commendations.