Vernon Dodds Rowe

Vernon Dodds Rowe

Death 1 Sep 1947 (aged 72)
Winona, Montgomery County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Winona, Montgomery County, Mississippi, USA
Memorial ID 21389859 · View Source
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Chancellor V. D. Rowe Passes Suddenly Here

Impressive Ceremonies Mark Final Tribute

The sudden and unexpected death of Judge Vernon D. Rowe, Chancellor of Third Chancery Court District in Mississippi, just prior to noon Monday came as a complete shock to his multitude of friends here and over the state.

Leaving his office at about a quarter of twelve en route home for dinner, Judge Rowe, as was his custom, genially chatted with friends encountered on the way. Arriving home, he called to Mrs. Rowe that he was going to lie down and rest a few minutes while the meal was being put on the table. Shortly afterward, going to his room to tell him dinner was ready, Mrs. Rowe found he had quietly passed away. His death came at the age of 72 years.

Friends and admirers from near and far packed the First Baptist Church in Winona Tuesday afternoon to pay final tribute to the popular and respected jurist. The impressive funeral services were conducted by his pastor, the Rev. C. B. Hamlet, III, in a church that had been transformed into a bower of flowers. The long funeral cortege then wound its way to Oakwood Cemetery, where he was laid to rest with Masonic rites. All Winona business houses and offices closed during the funeral hour in honor to the man who had been one of this city's most prominent civic and church leaders.

Judge Rowe is survived by his wife, Mrs. May B. Rowe; one daughter, Mrs. A. R. Markle, Clinton, Miss.; one son Vernon D. Howe, Jr., Winona attorney; two brothers, John S. Rowe, local businessman ,and Hillman Rowe, conductor on the Panama Limited, Memphis, Tenn.; one sister, Mrs. May H. Steel, Marsh-all, Texas; and two grandchildren.

The son of the late Rev. A. V. and Frances V. Dodds Rowe, Chancellor Rowe graduated from Mississippi College School of Liberal Arts, Clinton, Miss., in 1898 and from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1901. He then formed a partnership to practice law in Winona with the late Judge George A. McLean, and this partnership existed until the death of Judge McLean. H. Tyler Holmes then became his partner, and this partnership existed until he was appointed Chancellor of the Third Chancery Court District in December 1944 by the late Governor Thos. L. Bailey to fill the unexpired term of Judge L. A. Smith, Sr., who had been made a Mississippi Supreme Court Justice. He took office January 4th, 1945.

Judge Rowe was no newcomer to the Chancellorship, however, for in 1925 he had been appointed to the chancery bench by Gov. Whitfield when Judge J. G. McGowen was raised to the Supreme Court. Upon this occasion he served the 2-month unexpired term pending the special election as required at that time.

On November 5, 1946, Judge Rowe was elected to the regular four-year term as Chancellor without opposition taking oath of office for this full term on January 1st, 1947.

During his service on the bench, Judge Rowe made an outstanding reputation for the fairness of his decisions and the economy with which he conducted his court. After his appointment by the late Gov. Bailey, Chancellor Rowe inaugurated a program never before attempted by any other chancellor. Every third Saturday of each month, he held open chambers at Oxford to attend to vacation matters for the convenience of the attorneys and people of the northern portion of his district.

Chancellorship of this district is a strenuous office, it being comprised of more counties and covering a greater area than any other in the state.

Judge Rowe's court was distinguished by his impartial administration of justice and equity in a most friendly manner, and he held the respect of all those knowing or having dealings with him.

As attorney prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Mr. Rowe represented the I. C. R. R. Co., and C. & G. Ry. Co., and was attorney for the Board of Supervisors of Montgomery County for many years.

He served over a long period of time as a member of the Winona Board of Aldermen and among the outstanding accomplishments during this time was installation of a water works and sewerage system here.

He was also a member and active deacon of the Winona Baptist Church, and taught the Men's Bible class for many years and was teacher at the time of his death. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Mississippi College; and was a York rite Mason and Shriner.

For twelve years he was county chairman of the Red Cross and since then had served as an executive committee member.

Active pallbearers were J. R. Cato, W .H. Cato, V. B. Chapman, T. A. Hammond, H. T. Holmes, G. H. Flowers, A. J. Stevens, Jr., and F. D. Shappley. Members of the Baptist Church Men's Bible class were honorary pallbearers. Lee Funeral Home was in charge of burial arrangements.

The Winona Times
Winona, MS
September 5, 1947

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