Mr. Jonathan “Johnny” Rowland, age 57 of St. Mary’s GA passed away Thursday evening, March 10, 2016 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. Mr. Rowland was born on December 30, 1958 in Fernandina Beach FL one of eleven children born to the late Rev. Willard and Jessie Lee Rowland. He attended Fernandina Beach High School. Mr. Rowland met Cathy Weir and they were married on May 3, 1980 and settled in Savannah GA and raised their family. While in Savannah, he was employed by Shuman Construction and APAC Construction as a Heavy Equipment Operator. He later became employed at Triangle Construction as a Grade Foreman until his retirement in 2006.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, but above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren. He was a member of the Lighthouse Tabernacle Church in Fernandina Beach.
Along with his parents, Mr. Rowland was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter Natalie Sasser.
He leaves behind his wife of over 35 years, Cathy Rowland of St. Mary’s GA; his daughters, Shelly Rowland of St. Mary’s GA and Holly Kinard and her husband Jody of Savannah GA; his brothers, Wedrell Rowland and his wife Lynette of Savannah GA, Henry Rowland and his wife Gail of Fernandina Beach FL, Robert Rowland and Tommy Rowland of Savannah GA, Joseph Rowland and his wife Heather of Yulee FL; his sisters, Mary Lynn Lightsey and her husband James of Fernandina Beach FL, Lilly Jordan and her husband Horace of Fernandina Beach FL, Cynthia Boatright and her husband Johnny of Fernandina Beach FL, Elizabeth Duke and her husband Shawn of Fernandina Beach FL and Tina Rowland also of Fernandina Beach FL. Six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two on the way, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 11:00 am in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Leavitt officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at 10:00 am. Mr. Rowland will be laid to rest in Swift Creek Cemetery in Lake Butler FL at 2:30 pm after the service.
Mr. Rowland’s nephews will serve as pallbearers; Walter Jordan, Stephen Jordan, Chad Jordan, Danny Rowland, Scottie Rowland, and Jacob Boatright. Honorary pallbearers will be Sean Lightsey, Kenneth Rowland, Chris Rowland and Simon Wolfe.