Long time member of the First Baptist Church, Garland where he served as secretary for the Adult 1A Sunday School Department. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a 50 year member of Garland Lodge 441. He retired from the University of Texas at Dallas where he worked as a machinist and was involved in various projects at the University. He was preceded in death by his wife and mother of his three children, Etta Mae Bowling, and by his second wife Nannie Corley Bowling.
Bill was the son of Robert Parkus Bowling and Minnie Maud Nickens. His mother died when he was 2 years old and he was raised by his grandparents Matthew Nickens and Alice Province Nickens in the Rose Hill area.