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Alexander "Xan" Faherty Bowman

Alexander "Xan" Faherty Bowman
  • July 22, 1993 - March 5, 2017
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
  • Boykin Spaniel Rescue, Inc.
    C/O Katherine Garstang, 1624 Yorktown Drive
    Charlottesville, VA 22901
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials donations may be made to: (See Full Obituary)
  • Clemson University, Office of Development
    110 Daniel Drive
    Clemson, SC 29631

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“I was lucky enough to have Xan as my second brother for so many years.. Every single weekend for so long was spent us four Aud Cam Xan and me....Read More »
13 of 47 | Posted by: Lindsay Segal - friend

“You are in heart! I am so so sorry. Sending you lots of prayers. ”
14 of 47 | Posted by: Melanie Barton - Nashville, TN

“Xan was a fine young man. I am so glad He was a part of Rachel's life. Xan was the little brother she never had, she loved him dearly. He will...Read More »
15 of 47 | Posted by: Carla Stewart - Lincolnton, NC

“RIP, ill remember my first real friendship ”
16 of 47 | Posted by: Cameron Segal - Burlington, VT

“There are no words that will make the pain go away. Xan was such a sweet boy who spent many a weekend with us during his adolescence. Audrey, Lindsay...Read More »
17 of 47 | Posted by: Mickey Barber - Isle of Palms, SC

“Phillip and Family,Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you and your family. I watched the beautiful video and what a life he had in the short...Read More »
18 of 47 | Posted by: Cindy Mahle - Wheelersburg, OH

“I first met Xan and his sister Audrey not long after I moved to Charleston in 2000. Phil and I worked together at The Post and Courier and formed a...Read More »
19 of 47 | Posted by: Holly Herrick - Charleston, SC

“Please know our sorrow for your loss and that you're in our prayers. May the special things about Xan bylive in inside your hearts forever.With...Read More »
20 of 47 | Posted by: Jim and Cristina Jones - Muncie, IN

“Phil and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Xan's passing. Matt and I remember when you brought Xan and Audrey to Cincy to see a Reds game and then...Read More »
21 of 47 | Posted by: Matt Bennie - West Chester, OH

“I was so saddened to hear about Xan's passing. I had the pleasure of knowing Xan and Audrey when they were little. I worked at an after school...Read More »
22 of 47 | Posted by: Rachel Wasserman (Ringering) - SC

“My heart breaks for you, Phil. Praying for you and your family during this very difficult time in your lives. ”
23 of 47 | Posted by: Vicki Moore - Portsmouth, OH

“Prayers to all of you. We send you much love. ”
24 of 47 | Posted by: Gachy More - Wilmington, NC

“Dawn,Your family is in our prayers during this difficult time. May God fill you with peace and ease your pain. ”
25 of 47 | Posted by: Mark Dobson - Mount pleasant, SC

“So very sorry to hear of Xan's passing. He was an awesome young man. He will be missed and remembered by his family and many friends. May God be with...Read More »
26 of 47 | Posted by: Terry Graves (SOA) - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Dawn,Your family is in our prayers with this devastating loss. May God grant you peace and understanding during this difficult time. ”
27 of 47 | Posted by: Mark Dobson - Mount pleasant, SC

“My deepest condolences to the family for your loss. May God comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time. He promises that we have the...Read More »
28 of 47 | Posted by: Lisa - SC

“Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of Xan. While the time spent together was brief we quickly learnt to love and appreciate him. He...Read More »
29 of 47 | Posted by: Pietro Giardini - Charleston, SC

“Make the journey day by step at a time and know you'll find the peace and strength to get through. You and your loved ones will be in our...Read More »
30 of 47 | Posted by: Mike and Debbie Estep - OH

“Phil, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you have a powerful faith and I hope that will give you strength in the days, months and years to come....Read More »
31 of 47 | Posted by: Charlie Bennett - Columbia, SC

“Phil, I am so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. ”
32 of 47 | Posted by: Chris Dearing - Columbia

“Our sympathies to your family on Alexander's passing. May his memory be eternal and his loved ones find comfort. ”
33 of 47 | Posted by: Ernie Epitropoulos - Columbus, OH

“So sorry Shawn. I am praying for your Family ”
34 of 47 | Posted by: Cooper Jordan - Dillon, SC

“I'm praying for you Phil and your family! I had no idea u even had children but then again I haven't seen u in years! God bless you and you family...Read More »
35 of 47 | Posted by: Paula Bauer"williams - Portsmouth, OH

“I am filled with sorrow hearing about this tragedy. Xan was a quiet student with a genuine smile. We have spoken only a handful of times, but I...Read More »
36 of 47 | Posted by: Srikripa Chandrasekaran - Clemson

“My dearest Dawn, Audrey, Phil and family,I am so sorry.There are no words to express the sorrow you all feel for the loss of your beloved Xan. May...Read More »
37 of 47 | Posted by: Lil Hannapel - Mount Pleasant, SC

“My sincere condolences to the entire Bowman Family. ”
38 of 47 | Posted by: Bev Darragh-Harbaugh - Mesa, AZ

“As a friend and co-worker of Phil and Maureen, I saw firsthand the love and devotion of Phil towards his children. Although I never met Xan...Read More »
39 of 47 | Posted by: Lisa Trovato - Conway, SC

“Some of my best Clemson memories involve Xan. He was my sons Ben's room mate and best friend. Whenever I would come to a home game I would always...Read More »
40 of 47 | Posted by: Jimmy Francis - Greenville, SC

“My condolences to the Bowman family. I adored Xander and his A game. He always shared his smile and heart at Kaleidoscope MPA. He will be fondly...Read More »
41 of 47 | Posted by: Sandra Reed - Huger, SC - Teacher

“Phil , I am so sorry for the loss of your son, may you feel Gods loving embrace comforting you ”
42 of 47 | Posted by: Sarah Keeney - Columbus, OH

“So sorry for your loss Phil. Praying for you and your family!mm ”
43 of 47 | Posted by: Shedrick Moorer - Moncks Corner, SC

“Love and prayers for all. I know Xan is with his Heavenly Father, but he will never be forgotten on this earth! ”
44 of 47 | Posted by: Donnette Potter - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Dawn, I am very sorry for the loss of your son. My prayers are with you and your family.Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the...Read More »
45 of 47 | Posted by: Shannon Forf Meadows - Atlanta, GA

“A favorite Xan memory of mine is from about 2004. I was conducting a teachers' workshop in Charleston and brought my youngest 2 sons (Thad and Peter...Read More »
46 of 47 | Posted by: Eileen Darragh - cincinnati, OH

“So very sorry to hear of the loss of this terrific young man! He will be missed by so many. My heart breaks for Audrey. ”
47 of 47 | Posted by: Lisa Potts Kirchner - Charleston, SC

Alexander "Xan" Faherty Bowman, 23, passed away Sunday, March 5th. Xan was born on July 22, 1993 in Mount Pleasant, SC. Xan was the son of Dawn Michele Faherty and Philip Michael Bowman (Maureen Suriano). His younger sister, Audrey Frances Bowman, was his best friend and other half. Xan will be deeply missed but lovingly and frequently remembered by his grandparents, Don and Anita Faherty of Huntington, WV, Linda Horne, formerly of Aiken, SC, and the late Lewis J. Bowman and Yvonne Bowman, and Nancy Bowman (deceased) of Portsmouth, OH. His uncles and aunts, P. Shawn and Kim Faherty of Stafford, VA, John and Bethany Davis of Akron, OH, Lewis J. Bowman Jr. of Portsmouth, OH, Eileen Darragh of Cincinnati, OH, David and Teresa Bradford of Wake Forest, NC, Tommy Bowman of Myrtle Beach, SC, Sherry Boggs of Roanoke, VA. As well as his many cousins, Colin Faherty, Nolan Faherty, Marin Faherty, Tyler Davis, Ean Davis, Jude Bowman, Jacob Bowman, Sam Bowman, Peter Bowman, Thaddeus Bowman, Philip Bradford, Elizabeth Bradford, Abby (Boggs) Reed, and Benjamin Boggs. Xan is also survived by individuals considered family, Tracey Moorhead (Neil Snyder), Ava, Jackson and Ruby Snyder and Rachel (Jurrie) Stewart Reinders in addition to close family friends who watched him grow from an adorable little boy to a charming and fun-loving young man.

Xan joyfully attended Mt. Pleasant Academy, Charleston School of the Arts, Bishop England High School and was finishing his education at Clemson University. At each of these schools, Xan easily befriended students and teachers to form life-long connections. He loved baseball and played on teams throughout elementary, middle and high school. Xan's family and friends knew him for his infectious smile, sense of humor, love of Mt. Pleasant's Old Village, fondness for rap music, impeccable taste in athletic footwear and an encyclopedic knowledge of sports statistics (especially Clemson Football). At Clemson, Xan's love of food and fitness led him to pursue a degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and will be awarded his degree posthumously in May. He pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and could be counted on to lead the celebrations at pre-game football parties before enthusiastically cheering on his beloved Tigers.

Xan had a kind soul and was a friend to everyone he met. He often claimed his spirit animal was a Boykin Spaniel named Buoy.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 10, 2017 in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road from 4:00 until 7:00 pm. A Celebration of "Xan the Man" will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in St. Andrew's Church, Mount Pleasant, 440 Whilden Street at 4:00 pm. A memorial service will he held in Clemson at a later date. On Monday, March 13, a Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at The Church of the Holy Cross, 299 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island. The Reverend H. Gregory West, pastor of Saint Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, will preside.:

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Xan's name to either Boykin Spaniel Rescue, Inc., c/o Katherine Garstang, 1624 Yorktown Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901 ( <>) or in memory of Xan, to the Clemson University Fund for students in need: Clemson University, Office of Development, 110 Daniel Drive, Clemson, SC 29631. (Make checks payable to "CUF" and in the "For" section of the check, please state "Student Emergency Fund/Alexander Faherty Bowman").