March 9, 1921 ~ October 4, 2009

Born in: Donalds, SC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville – Frances Marie Williams, 88, formerly of Warren Avenue and a resident of the Oaks, died Sunday, October 4, 2009. A native of Donalds, SC, she was the daughter of the late Carlton and Laura Jackson Bowie and wife of the late John Bascombe "J.B." Williams, Jr. who died in 1971. She also was preceded in death by three brothers, Pete, Robert and Jack Bowie. Mrs. Williams was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church where she worked in the nursery. She is survived by two daughters, Pat Israel and her husband, Kenneth, and Nancy Stevens and her husband, Junior, all of Asheville, two grandchildren, Michael Gentry and Michelle Hare and four great-grandchildren, Madison and Matthew Taylor and Mason and Maddox Hare. A graveside service will be held at 11 am Wednesday at Cane Creek Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Johnny Powers. The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 pm Tuesday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. Nancy,Patsy and family,You all are in my prayers and thoughts in the loss of your mother and grandmother. Pudding was my girl and I will miss her so very much. I’m glad that I had the chance to meet and care for such a wonderfull lady who always had a smile for me. Pudding will always hold a very special place in my heart.Please remember that I love you all and I’m here for you always. In Love and Prayers Always Brenda

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  2. Nana, I can’t believe you are gone. I was proud to be your granddaughter. I am going to miss you dearly,I never thought this day would ever come. You were my life. Thank you for taking care of me when I was growing up,thank you for giving my mom life. I don’t know how life is going to be without you. I just know you are not hurting anymore no more pokes or messing with your oxygen mask. You are free, you are with your loved ones. Take care of Mag for me. Tell everybody I love them. I want you to have the time of your life and I will be there one day. I promise you I will take care of your daughter my mama. I love you so so so much. You are going to have a nice funeral. I love you Nana! Love your Granddaughter Michelle

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  3. Nancy, Michelle and family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Williams (Nana). Just remember that she is not suffering anymore and she is waiting for all of her family with open arms. My thoughts and prayers are will you all.

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  4. Nancy, I don’t know where to begin. I just want you to know that Charlene, Dustin and I are so sorry for your loss. Your family is our family and when you hurt we hurt. We are so very fortunate, blessed, lucky, whatever you want to call it to have grown up as neighbors and gotten to know your mom. She was a wonderful person. We are going to miss her dearly… I know that Jr. will. Who is he going to harass now?
    You have been a neighbor, a friend, and an angel. We love you and your family dearly and are praying for you at this time of great loss. I am sure that Mom and Mrs. Williams are already having a great time together and they are just waiting on us. It won’t be long and we will be with them again…..
    I love you Nancy and may God bless and keep you..
    Mike & Charlene

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  5. Nancy and Patsy I am saddened to hear of Frances’ passing. I was sharing the news with my children and Heather said, momma she had to be over 100 she was old when she was calling out to me through the window of her house when we would arrive for out of town to visit grandma Penny…….I guess she’s always been there and we all expected to just go ahead and pass on ourselves because Frances was forever…..it’s simply surreal to think that she has moved on. I know that you both will miss her dearly. May God feel your hearts with peace.
    I will not be there , but I will be with you in my heart. Love, Linda and Lindsey (Puddin)

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  6. Dear Pat & Family,
    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that you find the strength and peace to weather this very difficult time.
    Sara Hodgdon

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  7. Nancy & Patsy just wanted you both to know how much Dad and I loved your mom. We had a lot of great times together at the Oaks and made memomories that will last forever. Mom was not able to thank your mother for looking out for her, but I know that the two of them will have plenty to talk about in heaven. We love you and our prayers are with you.
    Love
    Pam Powers &
    Tom (Mr. Powers)

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  8. Nancy and Patsy,, I don’t even know where to begin. Your family has meant so much to our family and it doesn’t seem real that we have lost another member. I know your mom is rejoicing now since she is there with mother. She will be missed. We have shared a lot of joy and sorrow over the years. Just remember all the good times you had with her and it will be a lot easier as the days go by. Tell Junior, Michael and Michelle that we send you our love and prayers during this hard time. We love you. If we can do anything for you, please don’t hesitate to call me. Love Norman, Mary and Family

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  9. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how bad it hurts to lose a grandparent you are so close to. Growing up with ‘your nana’ was truly a blessing to our family, and we will miss her dearly. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers, and we love you all!

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  10. Nancy and Patsy,
    I am sorry to hear of ‘Puddin’s passing. I am glad that I had the opportunity to care for her and know what a loving family she has.

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  11. Pat, Kenneth and Nancy, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

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  12. Oh Nana, let me just tell you your visitation was great! We saw a lot of faces that we haven’t seen for a long time and old friends that I miss. You meant a lot to many of people especially me. I think you would have love the slide show that I did for you. I wanted to show your life from teenager to present. We are having a very diffucult time with your passing, but only in time will we be together again. I’m proud to be your granddaughter. I love you very much. I know tomorrow will even be harder, but your memories will keep us smiling. I love you Nana!(I know you were watching your whole visitation in Rays rocking chair with Mag and your baby Pete!) Love Michelle Stevens Hare

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  13. Frances, you were so very special to me. If it were not for you, I would never had made it to church where I learned about my Lord and Savior. Even though as a little girl, I did not like you coming to get me every Sunday and every Wed night, you still knew what God wanted for my life and you knew what a great impact it would have for me. I am so thankful and so grateful that he put you in my life’s path. Because of you MANY lives have been touched and changed. You hold a very precious piece in my heart and always will. I will miss you so very much and will always love you. Have a great party with Penny and Ray!! I am certain they are very happy to see you.

    Nancy and Patsy… I love you much. I am also very grateful to have grown up next to you and are blessed by your friendship, but especially your love. Thank you for being there for me in my time of loss. God bless you during this time. Hold tight to him!!

    Donna Ray (or as Frances would say ‘Pest’) – ‘lovingly of course’

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  14. Nancy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I do not get the paper and I got word too late to pay my respects to you and your family.
    Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers and will be at the service today in spirit.
    May God give you a peace that passeth all understanding. I pray he gives you strength for the difficult days ahead.
    Betty Jean Ponder

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  15. Nancy,Patsy,and family, We were sorry to learn of Mrs. Williams passing, every time we go through Donalds we think of her,I have good memories of her. Know you all are in my thoughts and prayers, Thank you Michelle for letting me know she was so ill.I feel bad for not visiting her,but we have had the flu.I know she is in a much better place. Our very best to all, CHRIS

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  16. Its me again Nana, we just laid you to rest with your husband. We even through the first dirt in. Johnny did a wonderful job with the speaking. April and Gwen did a beautiful job singing. I know that you loved to have those special people doing your service. It was hard for April but she did it. Even though I didn’t get to give you a kiss today (I thought I had one more chance of seeing you) I will always be blowing you a kiss in the sky. And some to Mag so you will have to share. I love you and miss you. Love Michelle

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  17. Dear Nancy, Michelle and family. I give my condolences with heartfelt grief. Nana was a very special person I will always remember. I know you all will miss her much. I can close my eyes now and see her sweet special smile. I know God is taking very good care of her in heaven as He did here on earth. We will all be seeing her again in her new heavenly body. May God bless, comfort, and bless you all. Love Wanda

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  18. Nancy and family,
    Sorry to hear about the loss of Frances…we will all miss her. Wish I could have been there to comfort you as you did me when Mom and Dad passed away. You take care of each other and I will always be your friend and neighbor…Always

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  19. Dear Nancy and Michelle, I was so saddened to hear of Nana’s passing. She was a very special lady and I have so many special memories of her. I can just imagine what kind of mischief she is stirring up in heaven now! Her smile and laugh was so special and you could never see her without getting a big hug! I loved her very much and am so sorry I could not make it to the visitation or funeral. You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I love you guys!

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