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Bunny Baker

My sincere condolences to the Rowland family. I graduated with both Peggy and Roy.

Carolyn Knight Wilkes

Such a great guy! He was so special to everyone. Worked for him and Geraldine and many memories to look back on. My thoughts are with the family, time marches on.

Cricket Rowland

Papa, there is so much I wish I could say but it is too hard to out into words. I was just telling my kids the other day about when I was young and lives with you and granny I was so happy. You taught me so much about family values and how I wanted to have a family of my own just like the one I came from. I will miss you forever and love you always. Give granny a big hug from me. Tell her I miss her and love her so much.

Thomas D Rowland

Uncle Earl, you were certainly a joy to be around although I didn't get to be around you much. My dad, uncles, and aunts always spoke so highly of you. You were always so kind to me. You reminded me so much of your brother which was my Papa(Willard). I never got to meet Uncle Melton but feel because of you and Papa, I knew him quite well. Thank you for passing down to your children, your grandchildren, your nieces, and nephews kindness and the ability to make anyone feel like family. Although I am saddened at your passing, I rejoice knowing God called you home to be reunited with your brothers and sisters gone before you. I'll miss seeing you at family reunions but know the love you shared with others is alive and well in the Rowland family. I am so thankful I have the honor of calling you my great uncle. Great is a word that so well sums up the type of man you were. I love you and will miss you dearly.

Chelbie Parker

Papa, I was going to stay with you since I was about six months old. Weekends, holidays, anytime I could see you, I wanted to and so I did. As I got older, I couldn't do that as often. Then I had a baby, and she met you. Your first great, great, great granddaughter. She will see pictures and she will know who you were. Six living generations, 99 years of memories and you will continue to live on forever. You always encouraged everyone to reach for the stars, if they said they couldn’t reach them, you would help them reach higher. I love you so much and it breaks my heart that I will never hear you say it back.

Tracy Rowland Cryder

Uncle Earl, you were the sweetest most kindest person I've ever known. You are loved and missed dearly until we meet again. RIP

Missie Rowland Lyke

Love you always.

Henry " Earl" Rowland


Mr. Henry Earl Rowland, 99, who was a longtime resident of Fernandina Beach passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at Southeast Georgia Health Systems Hospital in Brunswick, GA

Born in Alamo, GA, he was a son of the late Henry Columbus and Essie Pearl Warnock Rowland.

In 1948 he moved to Fernandina Beach with his young family from Auburndale, FL 1948 to work at the Rayonier Mill. He would continue working at Rayonier until his retirement in 1985. While working at Rayonier he, along with his family, also operated Rowland’s Drive In. Those who remember the restaurant will talk about the good barbeque, foot long hotdogs and the special “broasted chicken” that was on the menu.

In addition to staying busy with work at the mill and the restaurant, Mr. Rowland thoroughly enjoyed fishing and hunting and loved watching baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves. Coming from a big family, he always loved those times when the family was able to be together, like at the Rowland family reunion held every year.

In addition to his parents and several brothers and sisters, he was predeceased by his son, Roy Lee Rowland and daughter, Karen Elaine Batten and his former wife, Geraldine.

He leaves behind his wife of almost 24 years, Gladys Creech Rowland of Jesup, GA; his children, Willie Earl (Margaret) Rowland of Fernandina Beach, George Henry (Brenda) Rowland of Fernandina Beach, Peggy Dianne (Gary) Cooper of Starr, SC, Shirley ((Kenny) Taylor of Folkston, and Edwin “Buddy” Lamar (Donna) Rowland of Fernandina Beach; a step-daughter, Sue (Ray) Duhon of Jesup, GA; his sisters, Virginia Beasley of Alma, GA, Norma Lee Bennett of Odom, GA and a brother, Dexter (Ann) Rowland of Callahan; 17 grandchildren, several great-great and great-great-great grandchildren as well as a large extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Rowland will be held Wednesday, November 10, 2021 beginning at 12:00 pm in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends at 11:00am prior to the service.

He will be laid to rest at Bosque Bello Cemetery.

Friends and family will gather after the service at the home George (GH) Rowland at 303 N 19th Street.


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