GASTONIA -- Geraldine "Ms. Gerri" Harris Bowlin, 67, went to her heavenly home on Feb. 23, 2013. She was surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 27, 1945, daughter of late Claude Columbus Harris and Ruth Williams Harris.
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Ms. Gerri was known for her spirit of gratitude, her strength, her character and her unwavering faith. She was a mother, sister, wife, friend, grandmother and great-grandmother. Ms. Gerri retired from early childhood education in 2010. She had a heart for children of all ages. She was a member of Belmont Foursquare Church, where she served in many capacities over the years, most recently teaching an adult bible study.
She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, William Timothy Bowlin Sr. of the home; daughter, Teresa G. Bowlin of West New York, N.J.; step-daughters, Kay Harris, Belmont (Mason), Sharmie Gray (Jeff) Gastonia; sisters, Esther Costner of Cherryville, Janie Homesley of Dallas; brother, Bobby Harris of Lincolnton; daughter-in-law, Cathy Carswell; grandchildren, Jennifer Lee Bowlin, Sonnie Ford and Angela Bowlin Ford, Melisa Bowlin Harrell, Jerome Harris, Sean and Tyler Pilkington; great-grandchildren, Megan Tomlin, Haley, Honor and Hayden Ford, Cadence Jaden Bowlin, Cameron and Carter Harrell.
She is also survived by her friend, neighbor and "songbird" Jo Ann Burgess and devoted friend Lora Morgenstern. She is also survived by extended family and her church family. Brother and sisters-in-law, Gus and Linda Bowlin, Gastonia; Max and Joyce Bowlin, Lowell, Ken and Jo Bowlin, Heiskelle, Tenn., Jack and Jackie Bowlin, Georgia, Mary Dellinger (My Miracle) of Mount Holly and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, William Timothy Bowlin Jr.; sister, JoAnne Goins; and brother, Claude Columbus Harris Jr.
A celebration of her life will be held at Belmont Foursquare Church on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Kevin Ford and Dr. Charles D. Aldridge officiating. The family will receive friends from noon to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Belmont Foursquare Church, 8 Elizabeth Ave., Belmont, NC 28012.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is caring for the Bowlin family. www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors
515 North Central Avenue Belmont, NC 28012
Published in Gaston Gazette on Feb. 25, 2013