CELIA JANIE BOWSER BROWN was born on September 18, 1913, in Halifax County, North Carolina, to the late Berry Willis Bowser and Emily Neville Bowser, and departed this earthly life on Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice of Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Janie, as she was affectionately known, obtained her formal education in the Halifax County Public School System. She and her husband, the late James Brown, relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the early 1950’s, where they raised their family, and proudly raised three foster children, as well. She became employed as a custodian with the Yellow Cab Station and retired after twenty years of dedicated, loyal service.
Until her passing, Janie was the only living sibling of fourteen children. She was a very caring person who dearly loved her family and lived a joyful, full life. She was recognized as being highly independent, fashionable with her glittering jewelry and rings on every finger, and stylishly dressed with everything matching from head-to-toe, topped off with a flower adorned in her hair.
Janie was a “Jack of many trades”. She made hats, clothes, crocheted Afghans, and opened her home to everyone to serve her tasty home cooked meals. Anyone who ate her cooking over the years will profess that her pound cakes would “melt in your mouth” and were the best they had ever eaten.
In addition to her parents and husband, Janie was also predeceased by three children, Benny, Jr., and William and Mae Harvey; six sisters, Susan, Sarah, Francis, Emily, Harriet, and Lutisha; seven brothers, Paul, Waddell, Thomas, Herbert, Charles Edward, William and John.
Those left to forever treasure the precious memory of her life and share the wisdom of her longevity are her three foster children, Nora Jean and Winston Turner of Jersey City, NJ, and Carol Turner of Philadelphia, PA; and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and many, many friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, and she is epitomized and described best in the late Maya Angelou’s poem, “Phenomenal Woman”!
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel, 215 US Highway 158, Littleton, NC. Minister Luciel Hatchett will eulogize, and burial will follow in the Springfield Baptist Church Cemetery, 1706 Wayman Church Road, Littleton, NC. The body will repose on Friday, July 4, 2014, at Robinson Funeral Home until 8:30 PM.