Mattie Manley Stowers
1933 - 2020
Mattie Manley Stowers

Mattie Manley Stowers, age 87, of Rustburg, widow of James E. Stowers, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

She was born in Bedford County, on September 26, 1933, daughter of the late Elmer and Mary Manley.

Mattie was a member of Tree of Life Ministries and was a retired Nurses Aid.

In addition to her husband, James, she was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters, Herbert Manley, Clarence Manley, Christine Cofflin, Mary Ruth Phelps and Helen Moore.

She is survived by five children, Garnett Robert Phelps Jr., Michael Wayne Phelps, Roger Lee Phelps, Phyllis Layne, and Debra Nichols; a stepson, William Edward Stowers; a stepdaughter, Velvia Ann Kowalsky; five grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2020, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020, with Pastor Mike Dodson officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Hill Memorial Park.

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Whitten Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Timberlake Chapel, is serving the family.

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Published by The News & Advance on Nov. 21, 2020.
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So sorry to hear about Mattie. It is sad always, but the conditions we are living with now make this harder. She surely will be missed. Please know you all have my deepest sympathies. Thoughts and prayers, Caroline
Caroline Perrow Matherly
November 23, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Mattie's passing. Her and her husband were my favorite customers/friends when I work at Schewels. She will be greatly missed and the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Naomi Bates
November 22, 2020
A good and faithful saint has gone home to be with her Lord and to join her beloved Jim where she'll be lonesome no more. Mattie wad a real prayer warrior. She and Jim spent many days traveling to visit the sick, the shut in and the lost. Mattie sang in many local churches. She always had a song chosen from one of her large notebooks filled with good gospel songs. I know she is singing with the angels now.
Deb Richardson
November 21, 2020