Rex Arnold Rowland, age 91, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020 at Smyth County Community Hospital.
Rex was born April 15, 1929 in Chilhowie, Va. to the late Reeves Lillard and Myrtle Ann Matheson Rowland. He loved his family, and was always smiling and loving life. To the grandchildren he was "Papaw", but to many he was "Mr. Fix It". Rex could fix anything from a clock to a car. He was retired from Alcoa (Reynolds Aluminum Metal). He will be missed at his regular stops – Wednesday's it was SNAPS, Thursday's the Chilhowie Farmers Market, and he loved to "trade" at the Thrift Store. Rex was a life-long member of Grosses Creek Baptist Church and also the oldest male member. Right now he is walking on the streets of gold, waiting on his Cinderella and the rest of his loving family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Roland and Thomas Jefferson "TJ" Rowland; and a son-in-law, Gerald Blevins.
Rex is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Cinderella Teaters Rowland of Marion, Va.; son, Gayle Rowland and wife, Janet of Chilhowie, Va.; daughters, Ann Blevins, and Sue Stevenson and husband, Larry, all of Marion, Va.; granddaughters, Pam Rowland and Brittany Stevenson; grandson, Cody Stevenson; great-grandson, Jarod Kenney; sisters, Geneva Pickle and Joann Crockett; brother, Burl Rowland; and several nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Dr. Emory Robinette for years of care; and to Smyth County Community Hospital, Dr. Green, Dr. Stiltner, and staff for their excellent care.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 7 p.m. at Grosses Creek Baptist Church, 307 Grosses Creek Road, Chilhowie, Va. 24319 with Pastor George Jessee and Pastor Dennis Eller officiating. Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Grosses Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the church.
To share memories of Rex Arnold Rowland, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Rex's family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.