Michael J. Bowe

Michael J. Bowe, son of Vivian A. Johnson (Bowe) and Johnny B. Johnson/Bart was born on June 2, 1974 in Providence, Rhode Island.  God in his infinite wisdom called him home on Sunday, June 20, 2021, after a long battle with asthma.

Michael had attended elementary school and Hope High School in Providence, Rhode Island. Later, he obtained a cosmetology license from Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy where he used his natural talents, education, and love of art to represent multi award-winning hairdressing brands.

Michael also extended his gifts to his community, gave back to the homeless and countless others. He was affectionately given the platform name “Black Jesus”. Bowe’s neatly self-manicured locs were worn to make a spiritual statement, and symbolized his connection to the Rasta Community. As a dreadologist, he showcased his craft to share his passion of style and creativity. He could vision a style that turned up the color factor, and upped your hair game before he started your makeover! He inspired many to be natural, confident, and one with self. He used his God given talents to fulfill his purpose here on earth.

Michael is survived by his fiancé, Candi, and five children, Darshelle, Malayzia, Malady, Nadia and, Mikhyel, three sisters, Linda L. Bowe-Alves and her late husband Manuel, Rene Cabral-Elderkin and husband Rick, Carol Johnson and husband Ronald all of Rhode Island, four brothers, Ronald Cabral, Bart Duarte, Robert Lee, and John Johnson all of Rhode Island. Along with many other extended siblings. Mike also had many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and two devoted day one friends Richard Brown and James Ashley who will cherish his memories and legacy forever.

Michael was a very authentic man. He shined generous amounts of love on his children, family, friends and the community. He will be truly missed…

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, June 25, 2021, at 11:00 AM in Truth Tabernacle Church, 542 Potters Ave, Providence, RI. Visitation will be 9:30-11:00 A.M.  Burial will be in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence.


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Regina from Providence wrote on July 4, 2021 at 6:56 pm
Mike you made yourself a part of my family.we loved you as such.Godfather brother uncle we all grieving didnt respond cause still dont wanna grasp the reality but we all gonna meet again. Just keep making them laugh up them like you did here...LOVE YOU MIKE
Yolanda D Grace from Columbus wrote on July 1, 2021 at 6:15 pm
My Handsome Cousin will be missed tremendously. I love you Big Guy Make them laugh in Heaven like you did here on Earth. Rest in Peace and Paradise Much love always Yolanda
Alisha wrote on June 27, 2021 at 10:40 pm
Sending My deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Micheal you will be forever loved and missed 🙏🏼❤️
Maria Pina from East Providence wrote on June 27, 2021 at 8:35 pm
Dear Candi and family My deepest Sympathy goes out to all of you. I know the pain of losing a loved one. Rest in Peace Michael. God Bless all of you Aunt Maria
Trisha ecklar from Pawtucket wrote on June 26, 2021 at 1:53 pm
He was an amazing man. It was my pleasure to have met him. I always knew he was always around if needed. He will be truly missed til we meet again. Condolences to his family 💔 n friends
Tina (Toni&Guy) from Cranston wrote on June 26, 2021 at 10:17 am
My heart is so sad 😪 Big Bowe a legend to all who knew him. I a forever grateful I had the opportunity to watch his presence with passion for all he came in contact with being his carreer, friends, family or love for making a difference in everything and everyone he came in contact with. Rest I. Sweet peace🙏🏼💔
ELder. Jerome Smith from Providence RI wrote on June 26, 2021 at 6:54 am
Vivian Bowie B Johnson. Family My Condolences He was a very nice young man Will truly be missed. Gods Loving Care. Love. Uncle
Charlotte Shorts from East Providence wrote on June 26, 2021 at 6:45 am
So sorry for your loss. My condolences to the family.
McNeil Family from Providence R.I wrote on June 25, 2021 at 8:39 pm
Rest in peace our condolences to the family!
AG from Providence wrote on June 25, 2021 at 7:43 pm
R.I.P. Big Bowe. We The (N) Forever!
AG from Providence wrote on June 25, 2021 at 7:42 pm
R.I.P. Big Bowe. We The (N) Forever!
James Ashley from Central Falls wrote on June 25, 2021 at 7:07 pm
Love you brother ❤❤❤
Tameca Frink from Hampton wrote on June 25, 2021 at 4:43 pm
No words can express the love and respect I have for you Mike, but I just want you and your love ones to know that true legends never Die. You completed your life's mission and hopefully alot of others will follow in your foot steps. Rest easy brother! Love Frink Family❤️
CARLOS GOMES from CHARLOTTE wrote on June 25, 2021 at 4:26 pm
Audrey Latimer from Providence wrote on June 25, 2021 at 9:04 am
Dear Vivian and Linda, My deepest condolences to you and your family. My heart is so sadden by the loss of Michael. I pray and know that God will provide you with the all the strength and comfort you need during this difficult time.
Mary Jane & Harry from Providence wrote on June 25, 2021 at 8:10 am
An absolute gem of a person, Bowe once said to us “it’s easy to get in trouble, it’s hard to have fun” and we have repeated that line over the years. I remember eating pizza and drinking Coronas getting sweet haircuts and talking about real shit with this one of a kind human. I know he will be missed by so many including our family. Rest in Power.
Linda Garnetto from Jacksonville Florida wrote on June 25, 2021 at 8:03 am
Vivian and the Family my condolences to you all. Micheal was a loving young man and will be missed. RIP
Naty Estrella from Providence wrote on June 25, 2021 at 7:42 am
Rest in Heaven black Jesus
Amber Eldridge from Exeter wrote on June 25, 2021 at 7:18 am
RIP Big Bowe 😔💔
Leticia (Sharp) Naylor from Raleigh, NC wrote on June 25, 2021 at 6:10 am
I am so sorry for the loss of Michael. Prayers and condolences to his fiancée, children, parents, siblings, and all of those who loved him. A huge loss to the community. Pray everything can find strength and healing in the tough days ahead. ❤️🙏🏾