“CELEBRATION OF LIFE”
Minister Mary Basnight Bowser
January 28, 1946 – November 12, 2019
Minister Mary Basnight Bowser, 73, peacefully departed this life on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Roanoke Landing Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Plymouth.
She was born in Gumneck NC. On January 28, 1946; she was the daughter of the late William Henry Basnight and Eva Mae Brown Basnight. Minister Bowser was baptized at a young age at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. She attended school at the Gum Neck Community School and Tyrrell High School and later traveled to NY. Upon returning she began her career with the Public-School System; where she became a Cafeteria Assistant. Minister Bowser retired from the school system after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She continued attending church and gave her life to Christ. She then became a member at Piney Grove Disciples Church. After many years of teaching Sunday School, and singing with the praise team she became a Minister.
Minister Bowser was a woman of God who touched many lives. She held the title of an assistant Minister for the church. She spent years volunteering at the Columbia food pantry alongside her late Aunt Bessie Mizell. She also ministered at the local prisons with the Yoke Fellow Ministry; and ministered on the radio station LOVE 100. She later wrote a book titled “How I got Over”.
Minister Bowser loved the lord and didn’t care who knew it. She ministered to anyone who would listen. She enjoyed showing the mothers of the church how special they were by sending them flowers. In her later years she resided at Roanoke Landing Rehabilitation Center in Plymouth where she taught Bible Study. She was very active until her passing and the staff and residents became very fond of her sweet spirit.
Funeral services will be held at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday November 19th 2019 at 11:00am. Minister Mary Basnight Bowser’s current pastor from Piney Grove Disciples of Christ Church. Rev. Lorenzo Moore will officiate. The Burial will follow at the family plot for Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.
Surviving is a son Tracy Antonio Basnight and wife Miranda of Columbia NC; a daughter, Natasha S. Brown of Knightdale NC; four grandchildren, Justin Rydell Basnight, Matthew Xavier Basnight, Da’shawn Malik Brown and Eva Marie Homes-Brown; three brothers, George Leon Basnight and wife Camilla of Columbia, Ervin Basnight and wife Yvonne of Staten Island, NY and Herman Basnight of Columbia, NC; one uncle Walter Brown of VA; one aunt Tressie Basnight of Norfolk, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends that were very special to her.
She was preceded in death by one son Bertram C. Basnight; four brothers, Arnold Basnight, Eric Wayne Basnight, J.W. Basnight and Marshall Basnight; five sisters, Vergie M. Carter, Louella Bethia, Della F. Basnight, Jean C. Wiltshire and Denora K. Brinkley.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service, any donations and cards can be received at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank everyone for the many acts of kindness shown to us during our time of sorrow. May GOD continue to bless you all!
Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Columbia.
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