Mr. Charles E Rowan

August 1, 1926March 19, 2020

Charles Edward Rowan, 93, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Private family services will be held at Lakewood Funeral Home and interment will be at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Mr. Rowan was born on August 1, 1926 in Brooksville, MS. He graduated from Ole Miss where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order (KA). While in college, he met the love of his life Dorothy Hunter and they were married on July 22, 1956. He served in the United States Air Force and Navy during the Korean War and WWII. Mr. Rowan was also a member Christ Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin Merrick and Mary Eva Rowan; daughter, Liz Rowan Neely; sister, Marjorie Smith; and grandson, Samuel McLaurin Neely.

Mr. Rowan is survived by his wife, Dorothy Rowan; daughter, Carolyn Rowan O’Connor (Daniel); son-in-law, Robert Neely; grandchildren, Josh Neely (Katie), Max Neely (Erin), Charlie Neely, Eliza Neely, Daniel O’Connor (Ashley), Clayton O’Connor, and Callie Anthony (Kirk).

Mr. Rowan’s family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Hospice Ministries for the care and compassion shown to them during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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Renee Lovelace

March 24, 2020

I’m so sorry for the passing of Mr. Rowan. He had the sweetest smile and was such a gentle kind man. We will certainly miss him. We are praying for all of the loved ones that he leaves behind. I wish that I could have heard more stories from him. Until we see him again.. what a legacy that he left.

Barbara Thames-Rush

March 21, 2020

One of my dearest friends' ( Carolyn Rowan O'Conner ) father was a wonderful, wonderful man. He was a loving, caring , and dedicated husband to his wife and father to his two girls . I have not seen him in his later years, but the memories I have of him as Carolyn and I were growing up will always remain fondly in my memory. Rest peacefully now Mr. Rowan. God has called you home to rest now. You did well.

Robert Johnson

March 21, 2020

Charlie was a great guy and good friend. I was glad to know him as long as I did. He was kind and thoughtful to all, and I will miss him.