Genaria Lee Fowler, 83, of Wilmington passed away on 08 April, 2009 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter.
She was born on 25 of August 1925 in Fayetteville, NC. Our love for our sweet mother was greater than this world….. She was our loving mother, our confidante and our best friend… Our loss is Heaven’s gain.
Genaria married Willie Fowler in 1940 and moved to Wilmington in 1942 where Willie worked at the Wilmington Shipyard. After the war ended, they co-owned and operated Fowler Wholesale Meat Company until 1991. Genaria was preceded in death by her beloved husband in May of 1998; her sisters Clara Kirkendall and Elva Hair, brothers Blackmon Lee and Eldridge Lee.
Genaria was the oldest daughter of Callus Melancthon Lee and Ardella Hair. Her paternal grandparents were Melancthon Lee and Sarah Elizabeth Baker. Genaria was a direct descendant of Hugh Lee who emigrated from England before 1643 and settled in Charles County, Virginia. The Lees migrated into Johnston County North Carolina in the 1790’s. The Bakers were descended from Highland Scots who settled in Cumberland County in the early 1800’s. Her maternal grandparents were John Thomas Hair and Doshia Ann Draughon. Both families were early settlers of northern Sampson County.
Graveside services will be held at Oleander Memorial Gardens at 2:00 PM Friday. Services will be conducted by the Rev. C.R. Price. The family will greet friends following the service or at the family residence.
Genaria is survived by five sons. Richard of Hampstead, Roger (Jane) of Houston, Texas, Ronnie (Nancy) of Wrightsboro, Raymond and Reggie of Wilmington; 6 grandchildren, Charlotte Hagan of Scotts Hill, Christopher Fowler of Wrightsboro, Fritz and Stanley Fowler of Houston, Texas, Nicole Frost of Austin, Texas and Ronald Rich of Comas, Washington; 2 step-grandchildren; Timothy and Shannon Bennett of Wrightsboro; 10 great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Larry Lee of Indiana; 1 half-sister, Elizabeth Fowler of Florida, and 1 half-brother, Clarence Fowler of California.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their kindness during a stressful time.
Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1553 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099