Longtime friends and co-workers remember F.L. “Spud” Rowell, a former Tippah County supervisor for the 5th District, as a dedicated family man with an upbeat spirit who helped bring a lot of good to Tippah County.
“He was a great supervisor. If he told you he was going to do something, he always did exactly what he said he’d do,” said longtime friend and former District 4 supervisor Dennis Grisham. “He was always upbeat, never down and always looked on the bright side. He’ll be greatly missed.” Grisham served on the board with Rowell for 20 years.
Rowell, 75, died Jan. 23, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services were held on Jan. 26 at the Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Isbell and Bro. Jeff Adams officiating.
Grisham said Rowell was instrumental in the building of the new jail, the Tippah County Health Department and the doctor’s quarters at the Tippah County Hospital.
“He did a lot of good things for the county, and everybody thought a lot of him,” Grisham said.
Rowell was a self-employed farmer and businessman for 55 years. He served as a county supervisor from 1988 to 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Billie Childs Rowell of Ripley; four daughters, Juanita Rowell Isbell (Randy) of Columbia Tenn., Sherri Rowell of Ripley, Carol Rowell Harding (Bill) of High Point, N.C., and Kim Rowell Peeler (Charlie Barnett) of Ripley; two sons, Carl Rowell of Ripley and Craig Rowell (Stephanie) of Ripley; two sisters, Gara Childs (Charles) of Ripley and Lynda Wright (Robert) of West Memphis, Ark.; 10 grandchildren, Courtney Isbell Goolsby (Jason) of Jackson, Tenn., Dan Isbell of Columbia, Tenn., Kristin Peeler Collier (Cole) of Jackson, Reid Isbell of Nashville, Tenn., Kayla Peeler of Ripley, Lindsey Isbell of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Caleb Rowell of Ripley, Caroline Harding of High Point, N.C., Logan Rowell and Savannah Clemmer, both of Ripley; and one great-grandchild, Graham Goolsby of Jackson, Tenn.
Rowell was a member of Peoples Baptist Church. Burial was in the Peoples Cemetery.