NETTIE MAE FLEMING BOWSER, was born to the late Isiah Fleming and Laura Price Fleming on May 15, 1920, in Halifax County, North Carolina. She transitioned from “her house to Glory” on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, surrounded by her loving daughter, Shirley, and grandchildren, Shannon and Shane Martin, her constant caregivers.
At a young age, Nettie Mae accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and joined the Carter’s Chapel Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. She later transferred her membership to the London Missionary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and remained a dedicated and loyal member. She served as president of the Senior Choir, co-chaired the Deaconess Ministry, was a faithful member of the Pastor’s Aide, and worked diligently in the Sunday School. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Faithful Service Award at her church.
Nettie Mae Fleming Bowser lived a long, blessed life. She enjoyed growing beautiful flowers in her garden and offering words of encouragement to everyone she encountered, especially the young. She was adamant about remaining in the home that her husband left her upon his death after forty-four years of marriage. Their union was blessed with nine children, all of whom, were concerned about their mother’s wellbeing. Whenever her children discussed alternative living arrangements for her, she never hesitated to say, “This is where my husband left me, and I’m going from my house to Glory! And she did!
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wyatt Thomas Bowser; two children and their spouses, Barbara Miles (Wyland) and James Thomas (Ernestine); two sisters, Evelyn Hawkins and Mary F. Bowser; and three grandchildren, Gary Miles, Marcia Bowser, and Baby Miles.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memory of her life and to share the legacy of her love are her four daughters, Estella Smith (Douglas) of Jacksonville, FL, Laura Smith (George) of Cary, NC, Nia I. Abuwi “f/k/a Annie Mae Bowser” of Ewing, NJ, and Shirley Martin of Roanoke Rapids, NC; three sons, Joe W. Bowser (Melinda) of Durham, NC, Anton Bowser (Rebecca) of San Diego, CA, and Clayton E. Bowser (Jackie) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; fifteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; two siblings, Willie Hubert Fleming of Richmond, VA, and Ernestine Lee of New York City; two special “daughters of the heart”, Lisa Carpenter of Richmond, VA, and Bessie Felder of Roanoke Rapids, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, January 21, 2019, at the London Missionary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, NC. The Pastor, Rev. Elbert Lee will deliver the eulogy, and burial will follow in the Crestview Memorial Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids, NC. The body will repose at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon – 8:30 P.M. on Sunday, January 20, 2019, with the family receiving friends from 5:00 – 6:00 P.M. The body may also be viewed at the church for one hour prior to the funeral time.