Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home

515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC


James Michael Rowe

September 6, 1951May 12, 2020

James Michael Rowe of Greensboro, NC, died May 12, 2020 after a lengthy illness. He was born September 6, 1951, in Asheboro, NC and was the son of Arthur Clark Rowe and Jewell Lillian (Harris) Rowe. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry Clark Rowe, and is survived by his brother Arthur Clark Rowe, Jr., as well as his wife of 26 years, Denise Day Rowe, his daughter Lillian Carol, of the home, and nephews Arthur Clark Rowe III and Daniel Carlton Rowe. He attended Wingate University and North Carolina State University.

Michael was a musician and recording artist. He was a band member and leader from the time he was a young boy and practiced his passion throughout his entire life. He played piano, drums, bass, keyboard, and organ, and was also lead vocalist. His preferred genre was rhythm and blues. He performed with bands in New York, Los Angeles, Greensboro, across the United States and Europe. He owned Memphis Studios NYC and later was owner and chef of Wild Magnolia Café in Greensboro.

After having his daughter, he developed an interest in the Disney princesses, figure skating, cheerleading, and pageants. He had an avid interest in driving and restoring British sports cars and held memberships in Triad Austin Healey Club and Rolls Royce Owners Club. He enjoyed frequent summer vacations with his family and friends at the beach, and traveling the world with his wife and daughter, as well.

He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held for family-only at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, followed by internment at Westminster Gardens Cemetery. Michael was known to be happy, friendly, calm, and kind. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at a later date.

Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the Rowe family with arrangements.


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Janet Hitchens

May 22, 2020

When I think of Michael, I remember a talented, kind, and gentle soul, who always took the time to speak with each person in his presence, regardless of how well he knew you. That was usually after he fed and dazzled you with his culinary and musical gifts.

Such a kind and generous nature is rare and to be honored, so thank you, Mike for always making each of us feel special. It did not go unnoticed.
Peace and comfort to you, Denise and family right now.


Charlene Upp Maresca

May 21, 2020

Our Mothers (families) were very close. I have so many fond memories hanging out with Mike and Clark while our Mother's visited. Mike played the drums (bar stool) to our local radio station in Asheboro-the hits of the day. I remember our Mom's renting a place at Myrtle Beach for a week. We had Krispy Creme donuts delivered every morning. I have even MORE fun memories of Baden Lake. My Daddy taught Mike's Brother, Jerry to ski and fall in love with Baden Lake. The Rowe Family was our family. Love and prayers to Denise, Lillian Carol, Clark, David Harris and family. So blessed to have grown up with these wonderful people. Mike always made me feel special.

Durham Potter

May 21, 2020

Such a unique, precious gem of a friend. All who were blessed to know Mike understand.

John LaMuraglia

May 21, 2020

Great memories of Mike in NYC and NC - a great friend will be missed!

We became close later in life and I will miss my afternoon beers and partying with Mike on the beach - starting the 5pm happy hour till dark on the beach was our favorite!

God Bless you Mike!

Darrell Wheelus

May 19, 2020

It was a privilege to have known Mike as a neighbor for many years. I enjoyed our encounters in the yard, which often led to interesting conversations about cars and music. Our prayers are with his family. RIP Mike.

Hugh Otterburn

May 19, 2020

Didn't know Mike extremely well, but the times I met him, usually at Walkers Bar late at night, he struck me as one of the nicest people I have ever met. Also remember lots of great musical nights at Wild Magnolia years ago.
I will miss him very much indeed.
God Bless his memory

Paula Swaim

May 18, 2020

Mike was such a fun guy. He would come barreling into our neighborhood in the red mustang (I think) with chains for the doors! As Elvis said ,” I did it my way!” That was Mike too!

Trish Taylor

May 18, 2020

The loss of this kind, creative, thoughtful man is heartbreaking. Although I haven’t seen Mike in recent years, he was someone that I, along with my 1969 classmates and many others in Asheboro, all adored. He was brilliantly creative, had a keen sense of humor and was extremely intelligent. Most of all, Mike was a kind, gentle man. My deepest sympathy to his family along with prayers for comfort and peace. RIP, my friend.

Leigh Moser

May 16, 2020

Dean and I were saddened to learn of Mike’s death. He was a great person and a good and kind friend to Dean’s brother Marc throughout his life. Our condolences to his wife and family. Rest easy, Mike, and tell Marc we miss him.
Leigh and Dean Moser

Ron Spivey

May 16, 2020

I’d been out of touch with Mike many years but it still hit hard when I learned that he passed. Mike was not someone you could forget. His creativity, his humor and his outstanding musical talent was already established as a teenager as his high school friends could only step back and watch. I feel honored to have shared a few of my best old school memories with him. May he Rest In Peace.


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