John David Rowell, Sr.

John David Rowell, Sr., 82, of Ross, formerly of Marlin, passed away October 21, 2019.

Visitation: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 24 at Lake Shore Funeral Home.

Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 25, at Lake Shore Funeral Home.

John was born September 22, 1937 in Marlin to Jessie Lee Rowell and Eunice Compton Rowell. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1957. He married Carolyn Bussey in 1958 in Marlin where they lived until 1996 when they then moved to the Ross area. John worked for Pilgrim’s Pride Turkey Plant in Waco which later became Cargill Foods. He was a maintenance supervisor until his retirement. He then spent time to enjoy raising Boer goats for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Ross; three sons, Johnny Jr. of Ross, Ronnie and wife, Cindy of Douglass and Lance and wife, Jennifer of Austin; daughter, Nancy and husband, Martin Soto of Marlin; eight grandchildren, Joshua Rowell and wife, Jordan of Flower Mound, Kayla Hamilton and husband Chris of Groesbeck, Jessica Byrd and husband, Adam of Douglass, Stephanie Jackson and husband, Jacob of Douglass, Ronnie Rowell, Jr., Cameron Rowell and Wyatt Rowell all of Austin and Mia Soto of Marlin; 13 great-grandchildren, Hailey and Hunter Hamilton, Hannah, Madyson and Prezley Byrd, Carlee, Aubree, Cash and Addalynn Rowell, Noah and Avery Jackson and Jase and Jessa Rowell.  John is also survived by two sisters, Opal Cooper and her husband, Johnny and Dorothy Vaughn all of Marlin; one sister-in-law, Myrtle West of Pasadena; brother-in-law, Marshall George of Pasadena; special daughter, Cecil Shook Nelson of China Spring; and many special nieces, nephews and cousins.


Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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Condolence Messages

  1. Jessica Kelley CNA

    John was a sweet man and is missed by many. Love and prayers to you all.

  2. John My Brother, my Heart is so Heavy at the
    thought of not having you to talk to anymore.
    You have been a big part of my life, and I’ve always
    Loved and Looked up to you. So many hearts are breaking over losing you, but You Will Live On In My HEART AND ALL YOUR FAMILY!!

  3. Rebecca Frazier LVN

    Mr. Rowell was a very sweet man and it was an honor to know him. Prayers for his wife and family.

  4. Hailey Hamilton

    I love you so much granddad , you have placed so much love and smiles into this family and we all have wanted the best for you . We all wanted the best for you and we know that you are living the best life up there with our father in christ. Love to you and wish to see you again one day .

  5. Hannah Spangler

    Grandad we all miss you so much and love you I’m sure you’re having fun in heaven I’m happy you’re not in pain anymore and I hope to see you again one day

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