Imogene "Jean" Narron Rowland

March 29, 1928January 7, 2019
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Ann Imogene Narron Rowland passed away peacefully on January 7, 2019. She was born in the Emit community of Johnston County, NC on March 29, 1928 to the late Wesley Percell Narron and the late Blonnie Lee Narron.

A graduate of Corinth Holders School, Imogene went on to Meredith College where she graduated in 1950 with a degree in business and economics.

She met Henry Benton Rowland, Jr (HB) on a blind date while she was a student at Meredith and he was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. They married at Zebulon Baptist Church on June 15, 1952 and lived briefly in Chapel Hill before setting up residence in Raleigh. They were married for 32 years before his passing in 1984.

Jean taught school in Chapel Hill and at Garner High School before going to work for the City Manager of Raleigh. In order to adopt her children, Jean quit work to be a stay at home mom to Becky and David. Many years later she went back to teaching at Central Wake Optional High School. After truly retiring from teaching, she enjoyed many years working in the House Principal Clerks office at the NC General Assembly.

Jean was very active in her community. She taught Sunday School and was on the flower committee for many years at Ridge Road Baptist Church. Her many years with the Ridgewood Garden Club gave her friends that lasted throughout her life. She was an active volunteer at all her children’s schools from Raleigh Pre-School to Martin Middle School. She even took additional business classes at Appalachian State University when her daughter was a student there.

She loved to travel. She went with the Friendship Force to Japan, Mexico and England. With family and friends, she traveled across the US and Europe. Surprisingly she loved the casinos! Never one to do more than nickel and quarter slots, she simply enjoyed the shows and energy in Las Vegas, Branson, and Atlantic City. In 1987 she finally built on the land at Topsail Beach that she and HB had bought in 1960! She enjoyed her time there for many years.

When her daughter, Becky, retired and relocated to Boone, NC, in 2016 Jean went, too. She lived her final years at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone. She loved the Deerfield staff, the ASU students that worked and volunteered, the Hospice group, playing bingo, and the musical opportunities.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Welch Narron (Pauline), Hoyt Lee Narron (Lois), Stanley Dale Narron, and a son-in-law, Ray Lloyd Warrick.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Becky (Steve) Hoffman of Boone and David (Diana) Rowland of Emit, two grandchildren, Matthew (Bekka) Warrick of Raleigh and Marianne Warrick of Charlotte, and numerous nieces and nephews who were very dear to her.

Family will receive friends on Friday, January 11th from 2:30 - 3:30 pm in the Mausoleum Chapel of Raleigh Memorial Park (7501 Glenwood Avenue). Funeral Services will be held at 3:30 pm in the Mausoleum Chapel, with interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Medi Home Health & Hospice (400 Shadowline Drive Suite 102, Boone, NC 28607); Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living (287 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607); or Ridge Road Baptist Church (2011 Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607).


  • Visitation Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019

Imogene "Jean" Narron Rowland

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Jennifer Johnson Parrish

January 14, 2019

Dear Becky & David,

My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of you Mom! I have fond memories of your sweet family as wonderful neighbors on Leonard Street living two doors up from us. Our great times at Ridge Road Baptist Church are also cherished. Jean was such a wonderful lady and a blessing in so many ways.
The write up in the paper portrayed the special lady she was and she was involved in her church, as well as, the community and always helping others.
I remember the many visits to your house and how much she helped our family when Mom (Linda Johnson) was sick. For those of us who knew Jean Rowland, we are truly blessed! Blessings to you and your family!

Jennifer Johnson Parrish (Herbert & Linda Johnson's daughter)

Nancy Radford Frazier

January 12, 2019

Dear Becky and Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Your mother's Obituary showed her as a kind, loving and caring lady; just like the wonderful daughter she raised.
You are in my prayers.

Patty Hight

January 8, 2019

Dear Becky, David, and Families,
I was so saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. She was such a support and mother to me when I returned home to Leonard St. to take care of Momma. I have truly missed her over the years since I moved to Hillsborough. I really enjoyed the times that she called me just to catch up. Know that you are all in my prayers and I miss you too. I will be out of town on Friday and will not be able to attend her memorial, but I will be there in heart and spirit.

Donna Craven

January 8, 2019

So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.