Mr. Jodie Alexander Rowell, Jr. age 72 of Rome, died Tuesday morning following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Rowell was born June 28, 1946 in Cedartown, GA son of the late Jodie Alexander Rowell, Sr. and Catherine Johnson Rowell. Before his retirement Mr. Rowell had been employed with General Electric Co. with over 33 years of service. He was also a member of North Rome Church of God; the A.S.A. Umpire’s Association, umpiring numerous National Tournaments, the Georgia High School Baseball & Softball Association and was inducted into the A.S.A. Hall of Fame in 1996. Mr. Rowell was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam War era.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Monroe Johnson in 2011.
Survivors include: two sons, Craig Rowell (Margie Hannah) and Mark Rowell, both of Rome; adopted son, Russell Headrick (Kim), Summerville; grandchildren, Leah Rowell and Ben Rowell (Breanna), sister-in-law, Mary Johnson, niece Connie Bray (Bill), nephew, Rodney Johnson and great-niece, Christi Bray.
A celebration of Mr. Rowell’s life will be held Friday 1:00 PM in the chapel of Salmon Funeral Home with the Rev. Bert Brooks and Rev. Russell Headrick officiating. Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens. Mr. Rowell will lie in state from noon Friday until time for the service.
The family will gather Thursday at Salmon Funeral Home where they will receive friends from 6 PM until 9 PM, at other hours they may be contacted at their respective residences.
Active and honorary pallbearers will consist of the A.S.A. Georgia High School baseball and softball umpires.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
The staff of Salmon Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Jodie Alexander Rowell, Jr.
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