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Dr George Catlett Rowe
Birth: Jul. 16, 1913
New Hanover County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 3, 1981
McDowell County
North Carolina, USA

George Catlett Rowe was the only son of Clarence Lester Rowe (1880-1940) and Margaret Dudley McIlhenny Catlett (1880-1967) who were married in Wilmington, NC in 1906. His paternal grandparents were Pinckney Elmore Rowe and his wife Ada Victoria Herman, of Catawba Co., NC, and his maternal grandparents were Washington Catlett and his wife Margaret Dudley McIlhenny of Wilmington. The Catletts were a very prominent old Virginia family, and on the Dudley side, George's great great grandfather was Edward Bishop Dudley (1789-1855), Governor of North Carolina.

George spent his childhood in Charleston, SC, and Charlotte, NC. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina in the Class of 1935, and attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. His residency was at hospitals in New Orleans and Atlanta. He was certified by the NC Board of Medical Examiners as a physician on 22 August 1939. He specialized in obstetrics.

On 16 July 1941, George married, as his first wife, Mary Virginia "Gincy" Copeland (1915-1955) of Marion, NC, who was a doctor as well. They made their home in Marion, where he went into practice with Dr. Frank Wood and Dr. L. William Hagna. George and Mary Virginia had one son, Samuel Lester Rowe. George served as a Captain in the army medical corps during World War II, and was in the Battle of the Bulge, among other battles. His wife, who was a doctor in her own right, held his place for him in the medical practice while he was away at war.

After his wife's death at a young age of pancreatitis, George married Fay Evelyn Featherston (1920-2012), a nurse, orginally from Belmont, Gaston County, NC. They were married on 21 Oct. 1956. For many years, the two of them as a team delivered many babies in Marion....the present writer being one of them.

George was a much beloved man in Marion. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, and very active in the church's affairs, serving as Senior Warden for a long time. He belonged to the Marion Lake club. He loved fishing, boating, vacationing on the Outer Banks, and raising flowers in his green house at the lovely home he built on Nancy Tolley Hill in Marion. He always had a black Cocker Spaniel (one named Snoopy, then one named Imp) at his side.

The sound of his laugh lingers in the memories of all who knew him. He is loved and remembered.

"O Lord, support us all the day long. until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in Thy mercy grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last. Amen."
(Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church, 1928)

Family links: 
  Clarence Lester Rowe (1880 - 1940)
  Margaret McIlhenny Catlett Rowe (1880 - 1967)
  Mary Virginia Copeland Rowe (1915 - 1955)
  Fay Evelyn Featherston Rowe (1920 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Grove Cemetery
McDowell County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: John Field Pankow
Record added: Jul 16, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14955988
Dr George Catlett Rowe
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Dr George Catlett Rowe
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We love and miss you at Christmas, Dr. George... as always. You were the best godfather ever. Love, John
- John Field Pankow
 Added: Dec. 25, 2015
I am thankful on Thanksgiving for the wonderful godparents I had, and for the many happy times we spent together. You are loved and greatly missed, Dr. George. Love, John
- John Field Pankow
 Added: Nov. 26, 2015
Happy Birthday, Dr. George. The world has gone truly crazy since you left it. We love and miss you. You were a wonderful godfather and a wonderful friend. Love, John
- John Field Pankow
 Added: Jul. 16, 2015
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