Theresa Ann Bowden

Theresa Ann Bowden

January 7, 1947 – September 13, 2019

Theresa Ann Bowden was born on January 7, 1947, in Montgomery County, N.C. to the late Jessie Lawrence and Lonnie Mae Bowden. She departed this earthly life on Friday, September 13, 2019.

She is preceded in death by her aforementioned parents, two brothers, Joshua & Nathan Bowden, a nephew, Joshua Bowden, a niece, Shawanna Turner, and her significant other Marvin Bowden.

Theresa, known by most as “Ann,” worked in the textile industry for years. She spent time at Russell Harvell in Mt. Gilead, N.C. & Russ Knit in Candor, N.C. until she received her GED and furthered her education as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Ann spent the last several years serving in nursing homes and providing home health care until her retirement.

Anyone that knew “Ann,” knew that she was a unique, vibrant, bold, and sometimes sassy character. She loved to dance, sing, dress well, wear high heel shoes, and often referred to herself as “Ms. Tina.” In all of that, she was yet very loving and selfless. She would feed and open her home to anyone at any time. She was actively involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren. Ann could always be counted on to support her family during their ups and downs.

Ann spent her earlier years as a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Mt. Gilead, N.C. Over the past few years, Ann faced many illnesses but didn’t let them defeat her. Instead, she allowed them to change her. In 2014, Ann began to have a new outlook on life and wanted to have a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ whom she credited for saving her life. She began attending PKOM (Pastor Teddy Williams) and visited as much as her health would allow.

Ann was the matriarch of her family, a light, and a blessing to many. Her genuine love, cooking, hospitality, and lively personality will surely be missed.

She leaves to cherish a daughter, Marva (Ezon) of Ellerbe, NC; two sons, Marlon of Ellerbe, NC and Kevin of Asheboro, NC; two brothers, Jesse Bowden (Irene) of Mt. Gilead, N.C. and Earl Bowden (Doris) of Mt. Gilead, N.C. ; three sisters, Betty Bowden of Rockingham, N.C., Juanita Bowden of Mt. Gilead, N.C., and Claudette Thomas of Biscoe, N.C.; seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She was a mother-like and grandmother-like figure to many.


Elite Funeral Services Inc
125 High Street, Ellerbe, NC 28338
September 17, 2019 5pm - 8pm

Funeral Service

Pleasant Grove Baptist Church
4555 NC-73, Mount Gilead, NC 27306
September 18, 2019 2pm - Viewing 1pm - 2pm

3 Condolences

  • Shelia Hill Posted September 16, 2019 7:34 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. She will be miss by many💔 she was a sweet person. I loved her dearly

  • Pastor Carmel Peeples Posted September 16, 2019 8:59 pm

    So sorry for your loss, you’re in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🙏

  • Gail ingram Posted September 18, 2019 6:45 pm

    Deepest sympathy! Love you Marva

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