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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Although I was never a student of Claire's at NB, I was a co-worker when I returned there to teach. She was always encouraging, supportive, pleasant, and helpful. Amazingly, she maintained the extraordinary ability to remember--almost instantly--the names of practically all of her former students. She was a caring person, who will be missed. Family members, I hope you will be comforted in knowing how others felt about Claire and that you will be in our prayers. Charlene Morgan Young (formerly Mrs. Morgan-Hill)
Submitted by Charlene Young on May 1 2018 01:05:59 PM
Mrs. Rector was my home economics teacher at NBHS. She was a very wonderful lady that not only taught me how to sew on a button and sew many outfits she also taught me patience and kindness. She held a very dear spot in my heart for those years she was my teacher. Loved her smile and her wit. She is now in her heavenly home. My thoughts and prayers you during this time.
Tammy Burleson NBHS Class of 88
Submitted by Tammy Burleson on Apr 30 2018 01:36:08 PM
My condolences for the loss of your sweet Mother.
Submitted by Joyce Ball Patton on Apr 29 2018 12:08:55 AM
Mrs. Rector was my Home Economics teacher at NBHS. She was a dear lady and a true teacher. She didn't just teach us to sew, but she taught kindness, joy, patience and love for one another. As she entered heaven I am sure she heard our Savior say, "Well done my child."
I pray for you dear family with your loss of this sweet lady. With joy we will see her again in heaven. I look forward to seeing her big beautiful smile!
Submitted by Kim Henderson Landon on Apr 27 2018 11:22:59 PM
My first contact with Claire was in the Teachers' Resource Center when it was still located on Hendersonville Rd next to Biltmore School. Claire was busy tiding up after others who were not as considerate as she. We had a delightful conversation. Months later we found ourselves again in conversation. This time we found we were both members of an international association for women educators, Alpha Delta Kappa, NC Alpha Epsilon Chapter. Years later, retirement came but that did not stop Claire from continuing her interest in education. She became active in the Asheville/Buncombe North Carolina Retired School Personnel. Claire devoted much time to making the luncheon meetings pleasant. Not happy away from students, she became very involved in tutoring with a big dose of love in Weaverville. Eventually, her annual volunteer hours in education reports had totals in the thousands. What a joy to have had Claire Bowers Rector in my life. May she watch over me.
Submitted by Sandra Y. Mueller on Apr 27 2018 06:16:10 PM
Jackie Vess lit a candle for Claire Bowers Rector
Jackie Vess lit a candle on Apr 26 2018 09:04:07 PM
Claire, a loving Christian lady, loved her family and friends - always friendly, helpful and thinking of others who needed her care and love. She touched so many lives in a positive way.
Claire, a close and special friend, will be greatly missed.
Betty J. Hunter
Submitted by Elizabeth Johnson Hunter on Apr 26 2018 07:13:05 PM
Gone but never to be forgotten.
Submitted by Nancy Pike Fox on Apr 26 2018 04:24:04 PM
Nancy Pike Fox lit a candle for Claire Bowers Rector
Nancy Pike Fox lit a candle on Apr 26 2018 04:22:23 PM
Ms. Rector was a saint here on earth. The patience and care she took with each of us in Home Economics was amazing. I remember having to take out many seams that were stitched wrong and she was always kind each time she asked me to try again. I had no talent as a seamstress but in her eyes everyone was the best sewer in the world. Thank you for sharing her with us for so many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Class of 1982
Submitted by Tammy Gregg on Apr 26 2018 08:45:51 AM
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