Minnie Williams Bowman, 82, of Summers Rd., Valdese, NC died Thursday, May 8, 2008 at Valdese Hospital following a period of declining health. She was born Feb. 12, 1926 in Burke County, and was a daughter of the late Tessie Richard Williams and Emma Lee Bradshaw Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William "Toots" Bowman; and a brother, Willie Williams. Minnie was raised in the Baptist faith, and was a retired employee of the Hollars Hosiery Mill in Hickory, NC.She is survived by a daughter, Bobbie Bowman Yancey of Valdese; a son, William Ray Bowman and wife, Kathy, of Morganton; grandchildren, Johnathan Bowman and wife, Vaedra, Renée Bowman Dula and husband, Scott, Danielle Arney, Richard Yancey, Jr., Kelly Yancey Bradshaw and husband, Joe; great grandchildren, Trevin and Ashlyn Dula, Grace Arney, Courtney White, Christian Sizemore, Richard Yancey, III, Kelsey Stump, Ella and Jonah Bradshaw.Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Clifton Black officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the home of Ray Bowman on Zion Road.

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