McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, Charlotte, NC


Joseph Harry Rowell, Jr.

January 11, 1961January 12, 2020

Joseph Harry Rowell, Jr., age 59, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at his home. He was born on January 11, 1961 in Charlotte, NC to the late Joseph Harry Rowell and Lola Rowell.

Joe graduated from Western Carolina University and worked in Environmental Services for Mecklenburg County. His passions were Scottish culture and music. He loved to attend Highland Games. Joe doted on his cats.

He is survived by his two sisters, Judy Rowell of Myrtle Beach, SC and Suzanne Phelps and husband James of Falls Church, VA; nieces, Kimberly Brock and husband Ken, Kristy Holmes and Caroline Phelps and husband Scott Helms; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 17, 2020 at McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel with a visitation to follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Crisis Assistance Ministry and the Humane Society of Charlotte.

Condolences may be offered online at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com.


17 January

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

McEwen Funeral Service-Mint Hill Chapel

7428 Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Mint Hill, North Carolina 28227


Joseph Harry Rowell, Jr.

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Teresa Autry

January 16, 2020

Joe I am so glad we found each other on FB some months back & had the chance to share memories & thoughts from growing up as Walter & Lottie Rowell's grandchildren. Also memories of how Grandma Rowell loved to travel & would visit each family for a while & then move on to another one though Uncle Harry & Aunt Lola's home was her home base was for most of those years. Sad though that we never had a chance to finish our memories as your time ran out way too soon. I am going to miss you my cousin but sure wish we could have talked some more but I am glad I told you I loved you & how much your family meant to me. Rest easy "Little Joe" Love Teresa

Randy McMurray

January 16, 2020

To a good friend, for over 20 years. I always enjoyed sitting around, talking about, our ever changing lives. You always had the right things to say, to make it a little bit easier.
Thank you my friend, for just being there with your experience.
Rest in peace

Russ Felch

January 15, 2020

Joe, thank you for all of your inspiration and loving kindness that you freely shared with me and everyone you encountered. Rest easy and be at peace. You will be missed.

Michael Fawcett

January 15, 2020

Joe and I spent many a Sunday night engaged in thoughtful discussion at the Dilworth Neighborhood Grill. He was one of my best friends, one who accepted me as I was even though I was very different from him.

Trip Rogers

January 15, 2020

Joe was a true original, a true friend, and a true inspiration to the local recovery community. He leaves us far too soon, and will be greatly missed. Rest easy, my friend.

Lynn Lathan

January 14, 2020


I have always appreciated your kind spirit and caring nature. You held your convictions strong and weren't afraid to let others know when you felt things weren't fair. I'll miss your posts and knowing you were out there. Bless you Joe; I'm richer to have known you.

Doris Ruff

January 14, 2020

Joe, I will miss all the links you would send me to Celtic music, and finding one myself that I knew you would like to send to you. You stuck with me when others did not, always checking in on me to make sure I was ok, and listening to me gripe or whine for a bit when I wasn't. Joe, you taught me what true friendship looks like. I hope you felt like I was as good a friend to you as you were to me. RIP my friend.