Thomas Edward Rowell, Jr.
August 9, 1935 – November 17, 2020
Thomas Edward Rowell, Jr (“Tommy”) of Tallahassee, Florida passed away at age 85 at his home on November 17, 2020. He was born on August 9, 1935 in Tallahassee, Florida.
He graduated from Leon High School and attended Florida State University before enlisting in the United States Army. Mr. Rowell was retired after a career in construction, real estate development and banking. Mr. Rowell served on the board of directors for banks such as Barnett Bank, Wakulla County State Bank and the Citizens Bank of Wakulla. He and his wife, Amelia, also owned a number of small businesses specializing in real estate and construction. They also owned and operated a private fishing lodge, the Breakaway Lodge, on the Ochlockonee River. The lodge was a historic building that they restored in the early 1970’s and was a favorite destination for many members.
Mr. Rowell was an active member of the community for a number of years serving such organizations as the Children’s Home Society of Florida, the Rotary and Seminole Boosters among others. Mr. Rowell enjoyed fishing, history, cooking and reading. His true joy was spending time with family. He was known for his historical knowledge of Leon County and the surrounding area, candor and wit.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas E. Rowell Sr. and Mary L. Rowell; his wife, Amelia White Rowell; his sister, Mary Love Rowell; his brother in law, Luke Blackburn; and nephew, Edward Blackburn.
He is survived by his children, Thomas E. Rowell, III and Anna R. Doughty (Tom); his grandchildren, Katie Doughty, Matthew Doughty and Ally Doughty; his nieces, Cheree Jeter and Becky Blackburn; as well as great nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Culley’s Funeral Home at 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, Florida on Friday, November 20th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. A private burial will be held on November 21st.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: FSU Foundation, For the benefit of: Amelia White Rowell Scholarship Fund F03306, 325 West College Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301. https://one.fsu.edu/foundation/donate/give-online?fid=d62uhjGM5vU%3D&fdesc=%2BzF%2F%2BaxBcTsdtkkDTdpJjUxw1pGzd%2BqeySUJCHhvkVfFEl5jHDpuytcm%2FUJub4Qp
Friday, November 20, 2020
Thomas Edward Rowell, Jr.
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November 20, 2020
Popie was one of a kind and I was honored to know and love him. He loved to fish and his historical knowledge of the Tallahassee and surrounding areas was second to none. I enjoyed many "Popie burgers" and man could he cook! He will surely live on thru his kids and grandkids but I will sure miss him. Popie we love you and cant wait to see you again.
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