Margie Julia Small Bousman

March 6, 1925October 2, 2012

Mrs. Margie Julia Small Bousman, 87 of Salisbury, passed away on Tuesday October 2, 2012 at Rowan Regional Medical Center. Born on March 6, 1925 in Jones County, she was the daughter of the late Ashford Arthur and Mamie Gaskins Small. A graduate of the New Bern Schools, she was a homemaker. A longtime member of West New Bern Presbyterian Church, she was active with Sunday School and the youth group. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William Wilbur Bousman Sr. in 2003, sisters, Letha Benfield, Nettie Cahoon, and a nephew, Tutor Waddell. Those left to cherish her memories are her children Sandra Schenk (David) of Salisbury and William "Bill" Bousman Jr. (Ellen) of Alexandria La. Also surviving her is her sister Zilda Wood of Placerville, Calif., grandchildren Melanie Lehman (Michael) of China Grove, William “Bill” Bousman III (Alicia) of Sarasota Fla., Mark Schenk (Kerrie) and Steve Schenk (Tammy). Great Grandchildren include, Caleb Trexler, Zach Shuping, Chris Schenk (Stephanie), Travis Schenk and great-great granddaughter Aubrey Schenk. Nieces and nephews include, Yvonne Jennette (Charles), Martha Secor (Gene), Suzie Kent, Connie Lorraine, Bonnie Ramsey, Bryan Cahoon, Charles "Pete" Benfield and Ronnie Benfield. Visitation will be on Friday from 10-11 am at Salem Lutheran Church in Salisbury with funeral at 11:00 also at the church with Rev. Doug Heffner officiating. Burial will be at Greenleaf Memorial Park in New Bern on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church, 5080 Sherrills Ford Rd Salisbury NC 28147 or West New Bern Presbyterian Church, 1701 Lucerne Way, New Bern, NC 28560. Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Visitation Friday, October 5, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 5, 2012

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Connie Lorraine

October 6, 2012

Aunt Margie has been and will continue to be one of the major influences in our life. Her lessons and advice has helped in our family numerous times and has also benefited our grandchildren. We bless her name and pray that her eternal reward be bestowed upon her with the multitude of angels in attendance. May Heavenly Father bless all who know her. Families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's plan.

Lynn Shuffler

October 6, 2012

Sandy, so sorry to hear about your Mom! Have many fond memories of her. Lifting you and your family in prayer!

Donna East

October 5, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to Margie's family in this time of sorrow. I truly enjoyed Margie's love and friendship. She was a true Southern Lady, gracious, and caring to all. I will sorely miss her.

October 5, 2012

My thoughts and prayers go out to Margie's family at this sorrowful time. She was kind, generous, and always concerned about my health(I was born with a heart defect). I ate lunch with her and some gal pals every week, before she moved to Salisbury,and even visited her over there. She always invited me back, if I could manage it. She was a real Southern Lady, charming and gracious. I will miss her sorely.
Donna East New Bern, NC

Alicia Bousman

October 4, 2012

Grandma Margie was a beautiful woman inside and out. She made a tremendous impact on Billy (III) and my life. We are greatly blessed to have known her and will miss her always. Our thougths and prayers are with the family for peace and strength during this inconsolable time.

Dave Maisel

October 3, 2012

Sandy (and family), I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May God bless you with strength through this time of sorrow and give your family peace and love throughout the days to come.