Lois Jean Bowling died peacefully Wednesday January 13, 2016 in Savannah, Georgia at her son’s home under the extraordinary care of Hospice Savannah.
Lois was born in Wise County Virginia on March 11, 1942 to the late Carnie Rittenberry, and Mae Tackett Rittenberry. At a young age she was raised by her sister Naomi Olinger and V.L. Olinger (deceased) in Middletown, Ohio. She graduated from Middletown High School. She retired as a banking officer with Wachovia Bank. She was a member of Pine Valley United Methodist Church. She served on the local and regional board for Women’s Aglow in Eastern North Carolina and volunteered with Festival of Trees for many years. She enjoyed helping spouses of deployed service members and others in need. She loved cooking and to say that she was an amazing cook is an understatement. Her almost famous strawberry pies, fudge, and muddy balls have been consumed by the masses for decades.
Lois is survived by her two sons, Scott W. Bowling and wife Emma of Savannah, Georgia. Mark A. Bowling and wife Robin of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Sisters Roma Arch, Naomi Olinger, and Greta Phipps Long. Brothers, Danny Rittenberry, Herman Rittenberry, Wayne Olinger and Donnie Olinger. She is also survived by four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and a host of extended family members. She is predeceased by seven siblings.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Pine Valley United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, North Carolina at 2:00 PM, with a celebration reception to follow immediately.
Remembrances may be made to Hospice Savannah (hospicesavannah.org) or to the American Cancer Society.
Special thanks to our extended family Bobby and Evonne Carver, Louise Cluen and family, Ms. Ruby Perry, Judy Larson and family, Shay Leslie and Johnny Adams. Many thanks to family members Redonda Short, Tim Taylor, Vickie Stratton and Aunt Roma. Extra special thanks to Hospice nurse Dawn Darley, Chaplain Archie Seabrooks, Johnette Osborne and Maria Rainey.
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