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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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
I had Mrs. Rector for Home Ec and she had the patience of JOB with me and my sewing skills ( lack there of). I made several mistakes however she very lovingly helped this insecure Freshman succeed. She made all her girls feel like they were her favorite, she made you stand a little taller, try a little harder. To quote an old contemporary Christian song "Thank you for giving to the Lord!" Please accept my sympathy & prayers, Suzanne Buckner Ingle , Class of 1981
Submitted by Suzanne Ingle on Apr 25 2018 11:56:35 PM
Ms. Rector was my teacher in Home Economics in 1969, and I always loved everything she taught us!! She was a very sweet lady! Larry, I am so sorry for your loss! She was a sweet dear lady! Brenda Bryant Edwards
Submitted by Brenda Edwards on Apr 25 2018 11:13:46 PM
Brenda Edwards lit a candle for Claire Bowers Rector
Brenda Edwards lit a candle on Apr 25 2018 11:12:16 PM
What a dear, sweet lady. The first time I met Mrs. Rector was the summer before I entered 9th grade at North Buncombe. Apparently she visited the families of her girls before they entered her class. My mother was hanging clothes and Mrs. Rector insisted on helping her complete the job before we went to the front porch to visit. My mother had already taught me to sew so I sewed many personal garments for Mrs. Rector while she taught the rest of the class what I already knew. We learned so much under her and we all deeply loved this lady. I can still her say, "Now g-i-r-l-s..." Thank you, Mrs. Rector, for the homemaking,cooking and advanced sewing skills that you taught me for two years. Over 55 years have passed since I first met you, but I remember that first meeting just like it was yesterday.
Submitted by June Styles McGraw on Apr 25 2018 03:40:21 PM
Mrs. Rector was a very sweet and caring lady. I had her for home economics at North Buncombe, and learned so much from her. She helped our daughter win a scholarship for her last yr of nursing school through the homemakers club. Each time I saw her at Ingles, she would ask about our daughter, my mother, and my grandmother. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May God comfort you as only He can. Maxine Shuford Shelton
Submitted by Mackie & Maxine Shelton on Apr 25 2018 03:26:18 PM
We'll always remember you, Claire, and all the good works you did.
Submitted by sybil williams on Apr 25 2018 06:38:05 AM
Judy Carson Pate lit a candle for Claire Bowers Rector
Judy Carson Pate lit a candle on Apr 24 2018 03:18:01 PM
My Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your dearly loved Miss Claire. May all of your beautiful memories help to console you during this difficult time. I’m sure remembering all the lives she lovingly touched at NBHS will make you proud.
Submitted by Judy Carson Pate on Apr 24 2018 03:16:52 PM
I've known Miss Claire since I was 8 years old. She was a bright spot in my life. Mrs. Rector was my Home Ec teacher in high school and promoted much growth in me by pushing me to become a state officer in FHA. We had so much fun together on our many FHA trips. Not only was Miss Claire my teacher, she shared herself through our 58 years of friendship. She became a surrogate mother when my mom passed away in 1974. I will never forget all that this woman has done for me, has been to me, the encouragement she so frequently gave to me, nor will I ever forget the caring, compassionate, and loving heart that she shared with me all throughout my adult life. I knew the last time I visited her there wasn't much time left, however, I was not dismayed because I knew Heaven would be her just reward. I thank you Larry, Adam, and Amy for sharing her with me all these years. Please know that she loved each one of you, including her great grandchildren more than you will ever know. You were the light of her life. Family was number one with her. I admired her devotion to God and her church family. She was a true woman of faith, and she and I spent many hours on the phone talking about the Bible when there was something I didn't quite understand. May each of you feel the love this dear Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother left behind. Blessings and prayers, Caroline (Carolyn Rice) Attaway
Submitted by Caroline Attaway on Apr 24 2018 03:08:06 PM
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