Adrienne Allison Bowling, 76, passed away peacefully and entered into her heavenly home on Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Adrienne was born March 20, 1945 in Staten Island, NY and grew up in Clearwater, FL. She received her degree in music from St. Petersburg Junior College in 1965. Adrienne participated in numerous Miss Genie Pageants, as well as singing in numerous weddings and funerals and also sang the National Anthem at many sporting events.
On May 26, 1978, she married the love of her life, Gordon Kyle Bowling and they raised two beautiful daughters. Adrienne was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to so many! She was passionate about her family and others and thoroughly enjoyed people watching. She never met a stranger and truly left a lasting impression on everyone she came into contact with. Adrienne was an avid music lover and a huge fan of Elvis. She was known for her quick wit, infectious smile, bubbly personality, her kind and compassionate spirit and big heart. Adrienne was also known to say the darndest things, leaving no room for a dull moment. Among her favorites were, “getting old is not for sissies” and “powder and paint make you look like what you ain’t but a coat of paint never hurt an old barn.”
After 34 years, Adrienne retired from Bank of America, where she worked in numerous departments. Following retirement, she faithfully worked with the Exceptionally Challenged students at Independence High School and loved every bit of it. She also served as an active member at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church and sang in the choir.
Adrienne was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Bowling; parents, William and Dorothy Allison and her brother, Bill Allison.
She is survived by two daughters, Allison Elizalde (Jose) of Matthews, NC and Ashley Andres (Logan) of Indian Trail, NC; five grandsons, Blake, Brandon, Jayden Elizalde, Kade and Keaton Andres; brother John Allison (Debbie) of Jamestown, NC; sister-in-law, Freeda Shelton and husband, Odell of Ridgeway, VA; cousins, nephews, a niece and her grand dog, Tymer Bay.
Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday August 1, 2021, immediately followed by funeral service at 3 p.m., at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church,2817 Mt Harmony Church Road, Matthews NC, 28105. She will be laid to rest at Shiloh ARP Church Cemetery in Lancaster, SC. Per Adrienne’s wishes, she will be cremated prior to visitation and burial.
Adrienne will be truly missed, as she touched many, many lives through her walk of life.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Mt. Harmony Baptist Church or to the Alzheimer's Association.