Barbara A. Rowlett

September 5, 1943July 29, 2020

Barbara Rowlett transferred to heaven peacefully on July 29, 2020 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Barbara was born on September 5, 1943 in Nashville, Tennessee to Burch and Lorene Anderson. Barbara enjoyed her childhood with her younger sister and two older brothers. She excelled in school, was nominated homecoming attendant, and graduated with honors. She met her husband James in church at age 3 crawling under his pew to get candy from a kind man in the back pew. Later they became friends in her teenage years, started dating, and married at age 17. Together they raised two sons, she loved motherhood so much, and she stayed home with them until they graduated from high school. She was a great mother, always making sure her boys were taken care of. She was a great wife, helping James with his business and ministry leading others to know Jesus as savior. She went to work at 45 years old in accounts payable at perfect equipment for 19 years and retired ready to enjoy more time in the Smokey Mountains, and went to London, England, a dream come true for her. She was a great cook, and didn’t think so, everybody loved her food because she used a lot of sugar! When Barbara and James health declined they moved into an assisted living facility. The staff fell in love with them as they enjoyed their warm, loving nature with everyone. People would say that Barbara has the most beautiful smile. Love and kindness was Barbara’s nature. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend. All who knew her were blessed!

Barbara is preceded in death by her husband, James Rowlett; son, John Rowlett; parents, Burch and Lorene Anderson; brothers, Burch Anderson and David Anderson; sister-in-law, JoAnn Anderson; and brother-in-law, Al Stapel.

Barbara is survived by her son, Jimmy (Dee) Rowlett; sister, Christine Stapel; sister-in-law, Carol Anderson; nephews, Craig (Karen) Anderson, Todd (Jill) Anderson, Joe (Stephanie) Anderson, and Scott Stapel; nieces, Beverly (Ian) Gourlay, Lori (Dale) Hughes, and Diane (Steve) Crosier.

A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Avalon Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Fran (Bell) Cole

August 3, 2020

I have known Barbara since the Andersons lived down Anderson Rd. from us in an area that is now covered by Percy Priest Lake. We were active together at Hamilton Methodist Church. She was always a sweet Christian friend. Then when my husband and I started attending Hamilton again a few years ago, I was thrilled to see Barbara and her precious husband, James Rowlett. Folks like them you never forget, and there are many who will hold their memory dear to their hearts.

Doris Estes

August 2, 2020

I went to church with the Rowlettes at Hamilton UMC. Barbara always greeted me with the biggest smile and I will always remember her gentle spirit. I will miss Barbara, heaven has another new angel.


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