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Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

1701 East Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC

OBITUARY

Sylvia Wagner Rowland

October 2, 1942June 4, 2019
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Sylvia was married to Bill I Rowland on May 7, 1966; they were married for 37 years. During their time together, they had many business ventures, including Rowland Landfill, Inc. After Bill’s death, she rose to the challenge of owning and operating multiple businesses. She was a well-respected and successful business woman.

Sylvia was a Life Member of Raleigh’s AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 635 for over 30 years. She was a very active volunteer in AMVETS Auxiliary on a local, state and national level. She served in several committees and leadership roles, with her greatest accomplishment being elected AMVETS Auxiliary National President in 2014. She developed numerous close friendships all over the United States during her service with this organization.

Sylvia enjoyed reading, gardening, going to the beach and spending time with her children and especially her beloved grandsons.

Sylvia is survived by her daughters, Cynthia and husband Greg McCoy of Beaufort, NC and Rebecca and husband Mark Steffens of Raleigh, NC; grandsons, Frank and Gregory McCoy, Cohen and Ross Steffens; sister, Marlean and husband Scott Smith of Gastonia, NC; nephews David Smith and wife Sumer of Cherryville, NC and Chris Smith and wife Kelley of Lake Wylie, SC; and numerous family and friends.

Her Memorial Service will be at Trinity Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC on June 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Flowers are welcome or donations in her memory to AMVETS Auxiliary Post 635, c/o Linda Bonin, 977 Pikeville-Princeton Rd, Pikeville, NC 27863, memo: Sylvia’s Memorial.

  • FAMILY

  • Sylvia is survived by her daughters, Cynthia and husband Greg McCoy of Beaufort, NC and Rebecca and husband Mark Steffens of Raleigh, NC; grandsons, Frank and Gregory McCoy, Cohen and Ross Steffens; sister, Marlean and husband Scott Smith of Gastonia, NC; nephews David Smith and wife Sumer of Cherryville, NC and Chris Smith and wife Kelley of Lake Wylie, SC; and numerous family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, June 10, 2019

Memories

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Tamara Bowers

June 9, 2019

Sylvia was an inspiration and a role model to many. She will be greatly missed. Her strong words of encouragement and advice will be cherished. All the family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jean and Mike Reaves

June 9, 2019

Rebecca, Cindy and family

Mike and I are both AMVETS and like so many learned so much from Sylvia and Bill. When Mike was Department Commander Sylvia was Ladies Auxiliary President.

Sylvia will be so missed. She always had a smile, an encouraging word, and words of Wisdom.

We sincerely hope that you will feel support and love from her AMVETS Family as you take time to grieve and come to the realization of your personal loss. Please take comfort in knowing she no longer suffers and had been reunited with Bill.

With love you are all in our hearts and our personal prayers.

Mike and Jean Reaves
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C. Ann (annie) Rozmaryn

June 8, 2019

Cindy, Rebecca, and Family,
When I met your Mom and Dad, many many years ago, We were at a Convention, in Atlanta, and I was so native, but Bill and Sylvia reminded me of being like a "sister and brother" to Mike and myself, What magicial times, with joining in the AMVETS'S family and part of the Department also. Sylvia was such a CLASS ACT and I learned to much about family, and other resources and just her Love of Everyday Life.... She was my "Wolf Pack" sister, and I treasured ALL HER KNOWLEDGE, INSPIRATION, LOVE OF VETERANS, AND HER FAMILY..... I will NEVER FORGET HER.... a very special place in my Heart...I KNOW THE PAIN YOU BOTH ARE FEELING, I HAVE BEEN THERE MANY YEARS AGO.... My Love and how my Heart breaks for you both... and the family, SYLVIA WAS THE BEST AND I WILL MISS HER..... thou goesth, dear friend, GODSPEED. "annie"

Audrey Light

June 7, 2019

Sylvia Rowland was one of the nicest and finest Ladies that you could possible know. She was a great leader, friend and someone that I admired greatly. RIP Sylvia God has received another Angel. You will be greatly missed. Your earthly time has passed and now your are with Our Heavenly Father.

Mike Runyon

June 6, 2019

In business, we all have customers, but Sylvia Rowland was way more than a customer, she was my friend. My heart hurts knowing she has departed this life, but I am thankful for our relationship both in business and our personal lives. We traveled all the way to Italy together on business, we’ve laughed and enjoyed our victories, no matter the size. we’ve cried through sickness and sadness in our families, but most importantly we shared the joy that comes in knowing we each had a friend we could call on for anything. Rest In Peace my friend, you are already missed. #GoPack

Michelle Mercer Murphy

June 6, 2019

To the woman who was not only a boss but she was a friend, a grandmother and a encourager. Ms. Sylvia was a awesome in every way. I will forever hold her memories close to my heart.
MISS YOU MS. SYLVIA
LOVE YOU THANK GOD FOR MY SEASON WITH YOU.


Rowland landfill Front Office Staff
Michelle

Ronni Miller

June 6, 2019

To Sylvia's family, we are just heart broken at the Durham VA and Voluntary Service over Sylvia's passing. She was such a beautiful woman (inside and out), volunteer and friend.

I want you all to know we will never forget here and her smile and silly laugh. We shared many.
She touched so many lives of Veterans here and helped with donations special events and her award winning hot dogs for our Country Store Sale.

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Biography

Sylvia was married to Bill I Rowland on May 7, 1966; they were married for 37 years. During their time together, they had many business ventures, including Rowland Landfill, Inc. After Bill’s death, she rose to the challenge of owning and operating multiple businesses. She was a well-respected and successful business woman.

Sylvia was a Life Member of Raleigh’s AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post 635 for over 30 years. She was a very active volunteer in AMVETS Auxiliary on a local, state and national level. She served in several committees and leadership roles, with her greatest accomplishment being elected AMVETS Auxiliary National President in 2014. She developed numerous close friendships all over the United States during her service with this organization.

Sylvia enjoyed reading, gardening, going to the beach and spending time with her children and especially her beloved grandsons.

Sylvia is survived by her daughters, Cynthia and husband Greg McCoy of Beaufort, NC and Rebecca and husband Mark Steffens of Raleigh, NC; grandsons, Frank and Gregory McCoy, Cohen and Ross Steffens; sister, Marlean and husband Scott Smith of Gastonia, NC; nephews David Smith and wife Sumer of Cherryville, NC and Chris Smith and wife Kelley of Lake Wylie, SC; and numerous family and friends.