WEAVERVILLE–Claire Bowers Rector of 218 N. Main Street passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
Claire Rector (known to many as Miss Claire) was born December 9, 1928 in Roxabel, Bertie Co. and was a resident of Weaverville since 1952. She was a graduate of Rich Square High School, Mars Hill University, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She retired from North Buncombe High School in 1985. Miss Claire was active in First Baptist Church serving as a Sunday School Teacher and Round Table group of WMU. After retiring she was active in the North Carolina Retired Teachers serving as President. She was honored to serve as Weaverville Grand Marshall for the Christmas Parade in 2011. Mrs. Rector was preceded in death by her parents Eva Tyler and Charles Spurgeon Bowers, and her husband, Charles Hugh Rector who died in 1997.
Surviving are her son, Larry Rector; grandson, Adam Rector and wife Virginia; granddaughter, Amy Rector Relf and husband Tyler; and great grandchildren, William Rector, Benjamin Rector, and Maximus Relf.
Miss Claire will be greatly missed as she has touched countless lives.
Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 6, 2018 in First Baptist Church of Weaverville, 63 North Main Street, Weaverville, NC 28787. Dr. David Crocker will officiate. A private entombment will be in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory, Asheville.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Saturday May 5th at West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, NC 28787.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider: First Baptist Church, Weaverville “Master Plan” PO Box 547, Weaverville, NC 28787.
For those who desire, condolences may be offered to the family under Miss Claire’s obituary at www.WestFamilyFuneralServices.com.
West Funeral Home
Saturday May 5th, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
17 Merrimon Avenue
Weaverville, NC 28787
First Baptist Church Weaverville
Sunday May 6th, 2018
63 North Main Street
Weaverville, NC 28787
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I remember saying to my friends on NBHS graduation night in 1975, ‘this will have been four of the greatest years of our lives’. This was true because of so many of the wonderful teachers who, not only shared there skills and wisdom with us, but also brought care, compassion and so much patience to us daily. Mrs Rector was right up there, tops, with so many others who made a difference. I, like many others, adored Mrs Rector. The year after I graduated Chapel Hill, I came back to Asheville. The fellow I was dating and his best friend, had discovered a place to go dancing, that wasn’t typical for our age group, in fact everything about it was geared to an older generation. We had great fun, even though my date tended to get a little too wild. It was there that much to both my chagrin and pleasure that I saw Mrs Rector three dimensionally for the first time. She and her husband would double date with our other Home Ec teacher from NBHS and the foursome would have so much fun!! Much later on in my life, after returning to Weaverville, I began to see Mrs Rector at events at the Babtist Church. It was always a great pleasure to see and talk with her. Once I even had the courage to talk to her about seeing her out having fun and dancing with her husband, even through my embarrassment at my sometimes too wild date. Each time I had the pleasure of seeing her in this last stretch of her life, was a gift. She had that j’oi de vie essence and still a twinkle in her eye. Mrs Rector is a part of what I love most about growing up in our little town. She will live on in many loving hearts.
Submitted by Jerita Wright on Jun 19 2018 08:01:44 PM
I first met Miss Claire the fall after she retired. I had just started a Spanish teaching job at North Buncombe High School, and Claire was one of the regular substitutes there, having finished her long stretch as the Home Ec. teacher for that school.
Right away, I knew there was something special about Claire. She could "connect" with the teenagers in a way that I had never seen before. Somehow, students knew that everything she did was for their benefit and that she did it all out of love. It was, in fact, her own special form of "magic".
After I left NBHS to teach in the Buncombe County Elementary School Spanish Program, it was many years before our paths crossed again. I had just retired, and she was looking for volunteers for a program at the Baptist Church of Weaverville which was designed to help the Hispanic parents of children in the North Buncombe District Schools to study English one evening a week while their children were cared for by community members who helped the young people with their homework.
Claire and I consulted on a few issues having to do with the program, and we then discovered that we were both members of the Asheville/Buncombe Chapter of the NC Retired School Personnel. As members of that group, we both were part of a "phone tree" set up to contact members about our periodic luncheon meetings.
By the time Claire was no longer able to participate in this activity, she and I had become, not just colleagues but, friends, and when, because of her failing health, Claire was no longer able to come to NCRSP meetings, I began visiting her at her home and later at the Brian Center. She and I spent many an hour sharing life experiences, getting to know one another better and "loving on" her many cats -- her "babies" -- all of whom she had taken in because they were homeless.
In her tiny body, Claire housed a heart as big as all outdoors and a courageous and tireless spirit. One could not help but be soothed in her presence. She was a genuine gentle soul who will, I know, be missed by many. I feel incredibly blessed to have met her and to have had an opportunity to spend time with her.
Now that she is gone, her son, Larry, is caring for the 11 cats still living at her house. They are sweet kitties, ranging in age from about 2 years old to about 11 years old. If you, or anyone you know might be able to provide a loving home for Claire's four-legged family, I know that Larry would like to hear from you. I will be taking in two of them, myself, and wish I could take more.
Now that Claire has moved on to her "heavenly home", she will remain close to my heart and live in my memory as one of the most truly Christian people I have known in my life. May we all strive to follow her example!!
Submitted by Phebe Watson on May 6 2018 05:07:36 PM
Larry and family,
Your mother has been an inspiration to me ever since I was in her home ec class at North Buncombe in 1970! Every time I was tempted to take a shortcut when I was sewing, I thought, "I don't think Mrs. Rector would approve of this." ;)
What a dear sweet person she was and I have thought of her with great affection many times during the past four decades. My condolences to the entire extended family.
Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader
Submitted by Valerie Shrader on May 6 2018 09:14:15 AM
Marilyn Malone lit a candle for Claire Bowers Rector
Marilyn Malone lit a candle on May 4 2018 08:32:25 PM
Such a sweet lady. My teacher for 4 years at North Buncombe. She will be missed by many. My Condolences to her family.
Submitted by Joyce Anderson Shaffer on May 4 2018 04:09:14 PM
Larry and family,
I (Mark) write this with a heavy heart on behalf of our family but we know Miss Claire is with our Lord and Savior and that makes us happy. All is well.
Claire a dear friend of our family, the Shufords. She was, In our estimation anyway, our mother Ellie's truest friend in world. Mom couldn't mention Claire without us sensing a warmth in her heart and we would certainly witness the smile on her face every time she talked about her friend. Mom used to tell the story of taking Claire to the hospital when she delivered Larry and Mom relished in the fact that she helped give Larry his first bath. That's how far back Mom and Claire went. She always spoke fondly of Hugh as well but her stories were of Claire. She meant so much to Gwen as a loving mentor when she started North Buncombe High in 1970-71 or so when our family moved back to Weaverville from Charlotte. Through Home Economics, Gwen learned to sew and made her own clothes for years when it was still fashionable to do so. Gwen became an amazing seamstress and she credits it all to her teacher and friend. Gwen remained in contact with Claire periodically up until she passed away. That's how much Claire meant to her. After Mom got sick and was not in her home any more, Claire would periodically call Mark, Gwen or Mike to talk to Mom or at least check on her. That meant everything to Mom and to us. But that was normal of Claire - her special way. It was simply her kind heart and giving nature at work. She was always thinking of others.
Claire will always be remembered as a dear friend to our mother and a dear friend to us as well , a true blessing to the faculty and students of North Buncombe High School during her tenure there, and a cornerstone in the Weaverville community. She will be sorely missed but she will hold a special place in the hearts of the Shuford family forever. May God bless you all and give you peace.
With love on behalf of our beloved mother Ellie (deceased May, 2014),
Mike, Gwen, and Mark Shuford
Submitted by Mark Shuford on May 4 2018 11:21:15 AM
Larry! I can still remember going over to your house and being put to bed sometime after dinner so our parents could visit. Our mothers were best friends and even until my mother passed away in 2014 they remained close and would talk. Mother will be so glad to see her dear friend again! Even at mothers funeral her presence meant everything to our family and Miss Claire’s sweet demeanor set our hearts to singing. On behalf of our family let me just convey our most sincere regrets but also know that her sweet demeanor now matches her non curved stature! Miss Claire’s impact upon students and her community will be felt for decades to come. Thank you for sharing her with us! God bless all of us who are left to mourn the void she has left!
Submitted by Michael S. Shuford on May 4 2018 10:40:22 AM
Larry- sorry for your loss-- prayers for the family ! Mike and Sandy Holt
Submitted by Mike Holt on May 3 2018 01:10:16 PM
Larry, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
Wayne and Sandy (Yoder) Woodall
Submitted by Wayne and Sandy Woodall on May 3 2018 12:12:23 PM
Condolences to the family. Mrs. Rector was my home economics teacher in 1978 and I loved her. Her sweet southern voice so clear in my mind, "Oh Cindy, you will need to get your seam ripper and take out this seam from here to here . . .. " She was so patient, kind and I have the best seam ripper money can buy thanks to her. She was a such a lovely lady.
Submitted by Cindy Williams Clarke on May 2 2018 09:43:12 PM
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