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James Rowe

James Elvin Rowe Jr.

Tuesday, March 1st, 1932 - Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
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Obituary

James E. Rowe, age 86, of Brevard died Sunday, February 3rd, 2019. He was born on March 1, 1932 in Joplin, MO, the son of the late James and Ardath Rowe. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Carol Vaughn Rowe, two sisters, Helen Alexander and Dorothy Overton both of Bartlesville, OK, and one brother, William Rowe of Alma, KS.

Jim graduated from high school in Bartlesville, OK. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma after serving four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He joined Scott Paper Company after college where he embarked on a 26 year career in Sales Management and Marketing, rising to the position of Director of Sales Planning and Control in the company’s corporate headquarters in Philadelphia. After taking early retirement, he continued as a consultant to the company for another two years before he and his wife moved to Transylvania County.

His retirement was short lived, however, when he was asked to lead a handful of local downtown business and property owners through a process that lasted more than a year. The effort culminated with the creation of the Heart of Brevard downtown revitalization program. He then served the organization as its’ first executive director for another two years, before retiring again. Jim continued to do volunteer work for several more years. He was appointed to the City of Brevard’s Downtown Master Plan committee in 2002 and served a three year term.

Jim was active in other organizations as well, serving as a board member and officer of the Transylvania County Arts Council and the Brevard Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of Glen Cannon Country Club for a number of years where he belonged to a group called the “Bandits”, known because they held everybody up.

He is survived by two sons, Randy and wife Jessica of Pisgah Forest, and Steven and wife Jun of Zionsville, IN; four grandchildren; and his good friend, Patricia LaPedus.

There will be a private family burial service. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, February 9, 2019 in the Moody-Connolly Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heart of Brevard, Inc., the Transylvania County Arts Council, or MOW of Brevard.

Online condolences may be left at www.moodyconnollyfuneralhome.com
Moody-Connolly Funeral Home, 181 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, NC 28712.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 |
    When
    Saturday, February 9th, 2019
    Location
    Moody-Connolly Funeral Home
    Address
    181 South Caldwell Street
    BREVARD, NC 28712
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
  • Service

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Moody-Connolly Funeral Home
    Address
    181 South Caldwell Street
    BREVARD, NC 28712
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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parker jackson platt

Posted at 08:53am
Jim was a great friend of our community and an inspiration to me. I first met Jim when he led my mom, Cindy Platt, greacfully and successfully through her first City Council Campaign in the late 90's. Jim cheerfully encouraged so many of us thought the years and was a strong supporter of the early efforts to form what is now The Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County. He will be greatly missed by our community and I will always miss his knowing smile and encouraging laugh.
Thanks for everything Jim and thanks to your family for sharing you with us.
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Phyllis Marcum

Posted at 04:59pm
Randy,
I read with much sadness for your loss of your father. What a wonderful human being! I never saw him
without a smile. He made you feel so special and glad to see you. You must be terribly proud of Jim. Hopefully,
you will cherish the wonderful memories and be assured that he raised a wonderful son in you. He will be
sorely missed. How fortunate to have known him.
Phyllis D. Marcum
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K Mathis

Posted at 07:39pm
Very sorry to hear of Jims passing. He was always so passionate about the downtown and Heart of Brevard. It's been many years since I've dealt with Jim but I remember him as Such a pleasant person
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