Obituary: James Michael Rowell

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HAUGHTON – Services celebrating the life of James Michael Rowell will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel with Pastor Andy Harris of Central Assembly of God officiating. Interment will follow at Hill Crest Memorial Park. The family will be receiving friends for visitation on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

James was born on July 15, 1948 in Shreveport, LA to Tommie and Dorris Rowell. He joined the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart. James then became a distinguished police officer for Dekalb County, GA for 28 years and retired as Captain. He went on to become a notable author, writing a book about his experiences in the military and as a police officer. He will be remembered as a remarkable man of immense character who loved his family and his country. He was an avid genealogist of his family history, and a loving husband, father and grandfather.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Tommie and Dorris Rowell, and brothers Tommy Rowell and Glen Rowell. He is survived by his wife Louise Renfro Rowell; son Jesse Rowell and wife Liz; daughter Julie Purser and husband David; step-son Matthew Edmonds and wife Tammy; sister Dorothy Sludder and husband Richard; brother Barney Rowell and wife Janice; sisters-in-law Rita Rowell and Ginger Rowell; grandchildren Nolan and Ely Rowell, Charlton, Corinne, and Adeline Purser; and step-grandchildren Remington, Gatlin, Talen, Adam, and Dakota Edmonds as well as many other loving relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com.