Walter Lee Rowland, 74


Mr. Walter Lee Rowland, 74, of Kite, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Community Hospice in Vidalia following an extended illness. Graveside memorial service will be Wednesday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Swainsboro City Cemetery with Reverend Brad McKenzie officiating.

Mr. Rowland was born May 17, 1948, in Swainsboro, to the late R.W. Rowland, Jr. and Minnie LaRue Kersey Rowland. He was owner-operator of Rowland’s Service Station from 1992 to 2021. Walter enjoyed horseback riding, dancing at the Moose Lodge, and partying with family and friends at the lake on holidays. He also liked his PBR. Mr. Rowland is preceded in death by his parents; and great-grandson, Baylor Colt Moore.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Barbara Rowland of Kite; sons, Jeff Rowland (Kaye) of Monroe and NC; J.R. Rowland (Vi) of South Port, NC; daughters, April Purvis (Craig) of Twin City, Pam Gordan of Eatonton, Rhonda Webb (Terry) of Swainsboro, and Tammy Carter (Malcolm) of Vinemont, AL; brother, Mike Rowland (Ellen) of Swainsboro; special niece, Ashley King (C.J.) of Kite; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro is in charge of arrangements.