Retha Christine Bowman

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Retha Christine Simmons Bowman, 99, of the Laurels of Summit Ridge, Asheville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 7, 2006, at Mission Hospitals. A native of Taylorsville, NC, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Carter and Jane Shook Simmons. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ransom E. Bowman; two sons, Bill and Harold Bowman and a great-great-grandson, Jared Surrett. She was the oldest member of Corinth Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Randall of Asheville and Janet Cartwright of Leicester; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren and sixteen great-great-grandchildren. Mom Bowman considered all the children and in-laws as her children. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Sunday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Joel Burton, C.J. Duvall and Charles Surrett officiating. Burial will follow at Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery with Robin Bowman, Dick Bowman, Kim Bowman, David Cartwright, Eric Cartwright, Keith Sellers, Justin Wade, Heath Gillespie, Van Duncan and Joe Lamir serving as pallbearers. Her family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 pm Sunday prior to the service and request that memorials be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 29119, Phoenix, AZ 85038-9119.

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  1. You will be greatly missed by all of us. We love you and we are glad that you are home with Pop and your family.

  2. Mrs. Cartwright
    We are so sorry for the lost of your mother. She is in a far better place where there is no suffering. Our thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.

  3. Please accept my condolences. It was an honor and a delight to get to know this vivacious, special woman and her caring, loving family. I know you all must have many great warm memories to soften the loss. I’ll remember that certain twinkle of hers fondly. All the best to you all,
    Dr. Clay Ballantine

  4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Eric, as well as the rest of the family during this time of loss. May your grief be consoled by the fact of knowing your grandmother is singing with the angels today.

  5. Shana,Nancy,and Family,
    Prayers and heartfelt sorrow. Know that she’s dancing in a field of flowers, singing, with joy beyond our comprehension. She is your guardian angel forever. May God hold you in his arms throughout your loss. Love,

  6. We’re sorry about your loss. Our family has a lot of good memories with the Bowman family.

  7. Dear Lora,

    We know you loved her and will really miss her. She sounded like a sweetheart to us. If you need us, do not hesitate to call. Always keep her in your heart, just like we know you will.

  8. Nancy,Cindy,Shana,and Family,
    Please accept my heartfelt Christian sympathy on the loss of your Mother, and Grandmother. My love and prayers are with all of you. Marsha E. Sams

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