Striffler-Hamby Mortuary - LaGrange

1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA


James Fred Rowe Sr.

24 December , 192727 August , 2019

James Fred Rowe, Sr. of Valley, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. He was born on December 24, 1927 in the Rocky Mount Community of Meriwether County.

Mr. Rowe was preceded in death by his parents, James Bartow Rowe and Elso Arcola Norris Rowe, his wife Mary Calhoun Rowe, five sisters and one brother. He is survived by his four children and their spouses; Jim and Gail Rowe of LaGrange, Linda and Young Trammell of Conyers, Susan and Dennis Young of Fairhope, Alabama, and Beth and Rick Spencer of LaGrange, his seven grandchildren, and his 12 great-grandchildren, as well as his sister, Emily Rosser of Moreland, Georgia. Mr. Rowe loved his extended family and will be missed by many nieces and nephews - including his Calhoun Family nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rowe was an active member of the Men’s Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church on the Square, LaGrange and a frequent visitor at Standing Rock United Methodist Church, Five Points, Alabama. He also was ordained a deacon while attending First Baptist Church in LaFayette, Alabama.

After World War II, Mr. Rowe entered military service in the army stationed in occupied Japan.

Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Mr. Rowe was a member of the Masons Fraternal Order. During his lifetime he held every office available to members. He attended meetings at the Masonic Lodge in LaGrange, Georgia. He also participated in and enjoyed membership in the Shriner International, serving as chaplain at the time of his death

Other civic involvement included active membership in the Kiwanis Club of LaFayette, Alabama.

Before retirement Mr. Rowe worked for Liberty National Life Insurance Company in Phenix City, Alabama, LaFayette, Georgia, and LaGrange, Georgia.

Mr. Rowe valued a good education not only for his children, but also for himself. He was a life long learner. Following retirement Mr. Rowe earned an Associate degree from Southern Union College at the age of seventy - plus.

The Gathering of Family and Friends will be Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 12:30pm until 2:00pm in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church on the Square with the service to follow at 2:00pm. Burial will follow in Luthersville City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Luthersville Cemetery Fund, Luthersville, Georgia or Standing Rock United Methodist Church, Five Points, Alabama. Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636. www.shlagrange.com.


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, 29 August , 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Thursday, 29 August , 2019


James Fred Rowe Sr.

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Lowell and Dean Elliott

1 September 2019

Dean and I would like to express our condolences to Fred's family in his passing. He was a dear friend and we will miss him immensely. Fred and I had so much in common. I once told him that if I heard someone describing his upbringing and did not know they were talkin about him, I would swear they were talking about me. There are so many similarities. Dean and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting Rocky Mount and the area Fred grew up in, a few months ago with him and Mary. We will surely miss our frequent get-togethers with him and the Rowdies. Rest in peace, my friend. May God bless!

Chambers County Clinic Staff W/East AL Mental Health

30 August 2019

Despite the loss of the physical presence of your father. We know that God has assigned him to watch over you throughout your life. We always enjoyed time spent with your dad on his visit to the office. His contagious smile and laugher will be cherished forever. Prayers for each of you during this time and days to come.

danny brown

29 August 2019

Mr. Rowe, we will miss you. You have been a friend to me and my wife. Sorry, we could not attend the service but wanted to remember just like you are every time we see your smile. Praying the Lord give the family comfort and strength during this time.

Sherry Gray

29 August 2019

Farewell to a wonderful Cousin. He was our grandmother's, Eloise Rowe Caldwell, much adored, fun-loving Cousin. Sincerely, Sherry Gray

Jeff & Jackie Vowell

28 August 2019

To the children of Fred Rowe. Fred will be missed by so many. I’m so glad I got a chance to talk to him last Thursday. I told him how much we loved him and was hoping he would feel better soon. I told him I wouldn’t keep him long on the phone and he said call me any time. I didn’t get that chance to call him again. Fred may you r.i.p. You are with Aunt Mary once again.
Jeff & Jackie Vowell
Gulf Breeze, FL

Norma Crenshaw

28 August 2019

Please accept my deepest condolences. Sincerely, Loraine Crenshaw (Wellstar West Georgia Hospice)