Wilburn Ralph (Rusty) Rowell, 88, of Warren, died on February 19, 2020 at Warren.
He was born on September 24, 1931 in Warren and was the son of the late Wilburn Leon Rowell and Doris Herring Rowell Clayton.
Mr. Rowell was a retired logging superintendent at Potlatch Lumber Company for more than 30 years. He was a founding member, deacon and Sunday school teacher of Westside Baptist Church for 50 years and a graduate of Arkansas A&M college where he majored in forestry and played football.
Mr. Rowell was also known as the “Mayor of Prospect” always greeted everyone with a smile, and when ready, fresh vegetables from his big garden, mainly greens, which resulted in a 20-year run of the annual “Worming of the Preachers” that included a huge meal of greens, for all the area preachers to come and enjoy fellowship. He loved to have a conversation about Jesus, a good laugh, and wanted to leave an everlasting impression of the happy and positive God-fearing man he was.
Mr. Rowell loved chauffeuring his grandkids and traveling on trail rides, naming the trails after each of them. He loved rooting for the Lumberjacks on Friday nights, the Saturday Gideon breakfast at Molly’s diner, followed by coffee and dessert at Aunt Betty’s and Uncle Charles O’Neal’s house.
He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War, a was a hospice volunteer for eight years; and served on the Bradley County Medical Board and the Farm Bureau board for years.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Hercial Clayton; and a sister, Pat Rowell Tucker.
Mr. Rowell is survived by the love of his life and wife of 65 years, Marilyn Lee Rowell; four children, Skip Rowell and wife, Brenda, of White Hall, Stewart Rowell and wife, Kelly, of Warren, Beverly Crabb, and husband, Derek, of Mountain Home, and Melinda Anders and husband, Andy, of Warren; 17 cherished grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara Clayton Mitchel of Warren.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Westside Baptist Church. Burial will be at Parker Prospect Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 22 at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren.
Memorials may be made to Westside Baptist Church or the Gideons.