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April 19, 2024

Marlene “Rene” Bowles

Marlene “Rene” Bowles

Marlene “Rene” Bowles, 67, of Black Oak Ridge Road, Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at her residence.

Ms. Bowles was born January 7, 1950, in Alexander County, the daughter of the late Roscoe “Joe” Jolly and Ruby Loudermelk Jolly.

She had worked as a frame builder for Piedmont Wood and was of the Christian faith. In her younger years, she loved playing softball and was a member of 2 ASA State Championships. She loved to play cards and was an active member of the Republican Party. She was very active with her nieces and nephews. “She was a mother to many to have never birthed any.”

Including her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Grady Jolly; a sister, JoAnne Tedder and brother-in-law, Frankie Tedder.

Those left to cherish her memory include two sisters, Louise Mitchell of Hiddenite, and Kathie Ingram of Taylorsville; two brothers, Harold Jolly and Gary Jolly, both of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Rocky Face Baptist Church. Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Neil George will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Alexander County Hospice, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Condolences may be sent to:

Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to be serving the Bowles Family.


  1. Linda Barr Crumpton on March 23, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    To Marlene’s family, I am so sorry for the loss of dear, loving and caring Marlene. She will surely be missed by all who knew her. She was a dear friend. We enjoyed our work and working together at the frame shop. We had some real deep spiritual conversations and really enjoyed one another’s company. Please accept my deepest sympathy. One thing is for sure we know she is in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I was deeply fond of her and she was a very thoughtful person. May God surround you all with His divine and comforting presence. Linda Crumpton

  2. Vickie Deal Betsy on March 24, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    I am so deeply sorry for all of Rene’s family, I love you all and I always loved Rene so much. We saw each other in town and would stop to chat,I will miss that and I will miss her!!! May God Bless each of you! Love, Betsy Deal.

  3. Barry Gregory on March 25, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I wish to extend my Deepest Sympathies to Rene’s Family and multitude of Friends she has acquired over the short time span of her life. Rene will be sorely missed by ALL that knew her simply because of her loving personality as she always had a smile on her face and Goodness in her heart to be a helping hand to anyone in need of assistance.
    I have known Rene for over 40 years and have admired her amazing qualities to give an example of how we humans, are supposed to treat one another, in kindness and respect. After Rene’s ball playing days, I lost track of her for a few years but, her humble spirit was always in my heart. Thanks be to God, we were reunited around 3 years ago and we spent several hours talking on the phone about Religion, Politics, and especially little Logan. I don’t think she could have loved Logan anymore than if he were her own Son as she always expressed extreme Pride in his capabilities as she undertook the responsibilities to be of help in his upbringing, gleefully. It is a Sorrowful day that we ALL, feel a sense of loss in Rene’s untimely Passing but, I deeply regret that Logan will have to continue his growing years without the guidance of his best “playmate”.
    Like so many others, my heart is broken in the realization that we will not be able to converse with or laugh with Rene and simply enjoy her uncommon Goodness of spirit on a daily or weekly basis. Marlene Bowles, truthfully, lived her life within the teachings of Jesus Christ, Our Lord as He said, “Love ye one another” and I have no doubt in the fact that Rene is receiving her proper Rewards in Heaven. As much as I will miss her physical presence, I Celebrate, in knowing that Rene has successfully crossed over into a realm of Love and Joy that the rest of us can only aspire to obtain.
    At the end of our many conversations, we never exactly said, “goodbye” to one another and I can’t say Goodbye to Rene now. “If” I could speak to her today I’d say, “I love you, Rene and I’ll see/speak to you later” as she would always respond the same way which gives me comfort to know it’s only a matter of “time” before we can say, “Hello” again!

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