107-year-old Williamsburg woman gets a new roof

107-year-old Hattie Ethel Bowman celebrates winning the free rooftop giveaway with four generations of the family. (WYDaily / Molly Feser)

WILLIAMSBURG – Streamline Roofing presented this year’s free roof gift to Hattie Ethel Bowman, a 107-year-old Williamsburg resident.

Last month, Rational roof asked community members, friends, family members, or yourself to nominate who needed a roof for its 4th annual free roof competition: “Raise the Roof”.

When Hattie’s grandson Michael Bowman and wife Tara heard about the competition, they nominated Hattie for the rooftop giveaway.

“As a child, I spent a lot of time here [at Hattie’s home]”Said Michael.” When I see this and give your house a new life, it means everything to me. “

Streamline Roofing’s Liz Heath presented flowers to Hattie during the celebration at her home. (WYDaily / Molly Feser)

Hattie has lived in her home on Richmond Road since 1956, long before the street became what it is today.

“She has pictures of the road going all the way because the bottom of Richmond Road wasn’t even there,” Michael said. “Lots of history.”

Hattie has led a fairly successful life for the past 107 years.

She graduated from Virginia State University and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She recently became a Diamond Soror, which means that she has been an active member of the AKA for 75 years.

Upon graduation, Hattie began her career as a consultant at the separate Bruton Heights School in Williamsburg. She continued teaching at James Blair Middle School before retiring in 1986.

Hattie was also an avid member of the historical First Baptist Church in Williamsburg.

Streamline Roofing celebrated at her home on Wednesday when her new roof was installed. Matchsticks BBQ and Kona Ice Trucks were available with goodies throughout the celebration.

Hattie has lived in her Williamsburg home since 1956. (WYDaily / Molly Feser)

Hattie smiled when four generations of her family were there, including her two young great-grandchildren.

“This moment is very special to me because as people get older, they lose family members. I never thought that she would marry me or see our children, ”said Michael. “She actually met our two children and that means the world to me.”

Streamline Roofing replaced about 70 feet of plywood on Hattie’s roof that was originally for the house. She also received a free pressure wash from Safari SoftWash.

“She meant so much to so many people here in Williamsburg and to our families. She deserved it, ”said Michael. “It’s something they’ll enjoy and be with the family for the rest of our lives.”


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