Mattie Manley Stowers

September 26, 1933November 18, 2020

Mattie Manley Stowers, age 87 of Rustburg, widow of James E. Stowers, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

She was born in Bedford County on September 26, 1933 daughter of the late Elmer and Mary Manley. Mattie was a member of Tree of Life Ministries and was a retired Nurses Aid.

In addition to her husband James, she was preceded in death by 5 brothers and sisters, Herbert Manley, Clarence Manley, Christine Cofflin, Mary Ruth Phelps and Helen Moore.

She is survived by 5 children, Garnett Robert Phelps, Jr., Michael Wayne Phelps, Roger Lee Phelps, Phyllis Layne, and Debra Nichols; a step-son, William Edward Stowers; a step-daughter, Velvia Ann Kowalsky; 5 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, November 23, 2020 with Pastor Mike Dodson officiating. Burial will follow at Fort Hill Memorial Park.

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Whitten Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Timberlake Chapel, is serving the family.


  • Elmer O Manley, Father (deceased)
  • Mary B Manley, Mother (deceased)
  • James E Stowers, Husband (deceased)
  • Garnett Robert Phillips, Jr., Son
  • Michael Wayne Phelps, Son
  • Roger Lee Phelps, Son
  • Phyllis Layne, Daughter
  • Debra Nichols, Daughter
  • William Edward Stowers, Stepson
  • Velvia Ann Kowalsky, Stepdaughter
  • Herbert Manley, Brother (deceased)
  • Clarence Manley, Brother (deceased)
  • Christine Cofflin, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary Ruth Phelps, Sister (deceased)
  • Helen Moore, Sister (deceased)
  • She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren

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23 November

Funeral Service

2:00 pm

Whitten Timberlake Chapel

7404 Timberlake Road
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502


  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 22, 2020

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Phyllis Lane

November 20, 2020

Mom I love you and know you are in a happier place now pain free and with Jim tell him hello from all of us I know we had a rocky relationship at times but never forget I loved you with all my heart I'm going to miss you

Deb Richardson

November 19, 2020

A good and faithful saint has gone home to be with her Lord and join her beloved Jim to be lonesome no more.
God give you peace Mrs. Mattie.

Kristie Myers

November 19, 2020

Granny I can’t believe you are gone. I know you now know how much love I have for you ❤️ I miss you so much!! I am so happy you have reunited with grandpa and now pain free. You have always been the best grandparents a girl could ask for. I am so sorry for how the last several months have gone but know I have prayed and loved you no less. I have so many memories that will always keep you close to my heart!! I love you more than you will ever ever know! Now go and celebrate with Jesus and watch over me💕 I love you!


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