|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1927|
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 2007|
Son of John McLauren and Myrtle Lambeth Rowell, husband of Louise Sarrett.
"As a boy, Ed would help his father by working in the fields. They were very poor and when Ed wanted something sweet to eat, his mother would send him outside with a 'sweet potato'. I don't know much about his grades but I suspect they were good. He was always studying. Everything he ever put his hand to he worked hard at. He loved history and had a photographic memory. He could tell you names and dates of people, places, and things. His mind was very keen right to the end.
Ed was a care giver. His father, John, had a small farm and worked long, hard hours for his family. When John suffered a stroke around 1957, Ed stepped in and took care of him until he died in 1962. When my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 1989, he cared for her until she died in January 2004, a total of 14 years.
After high school, Ed joined the Merchant Marines. He sailed around the world working in the boiler room, running the steam turbines, generating electricity and becoming very proficient in the various uses of steam.
When the Korean War started, Ed joined the Army and served in the Corps of Engineers. They built roads, pontoon bridges and whatever was needed to keep the trucks and troops rolling. Ed was discharged on Aug. 30, 1952 as a Tech Sergeant after receiving 3 medals for his efforts.
Ed then moved to North Augusta, SC where he worked at the Savannah River Plant near Aiken. While there he met and married Louise Sarrett in 1962.
In 1968 they moved to Montgomery Alabama where he worked for Union Camp until he took early retirement in 1989. They then moved to Arvada, Colorado in order to be closer to Louise's son and his family. Not long after arriving in Arvada, Louise was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. As it grew worse, Ed once again became a care-giver. He took Louise to the mountains everyday because she loved them. He was so devoted to Louise that after she died, he would go to the cemetery 2 to 3 times a week and visit her grave.
Around 1999 Ed found out he had colon cancer. Three years later it was found to have spread when after a PET scan a tumor was found in his lung. He was on Chemo the rest of his life. It really wasn't the cancer that got him, but the Chemo.
Ed was not afraid of dying. He had a lot of faith in the Lord and knew he was going to a better place. At 5 am on Wednesday morning, January 31, 2007, Ed went home. Our friend is gone. - Roy Andes, Ed's stepson.
John McLauren Rowell (1892 - 1961)
Myrtle Lambeth Rowell (1896 - 1984)
Louise Sarrett Rowell (1916 - 2004)
Annie Elizabeth Rowell Elliott (1925 - 2002)*
Edgar Allen Rowell (1927 - 2007)
Crown Hill Cemetery
Created by: robin pellicci moore
Record added: May 02, 2008
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