Tom Rowland, of Covington, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the age of 93. Mr. Rowland proudly and honorably served his country with the United States Navy during WWII. After his tour of duty, he continued his education and graduated from the University of Georgia. He was a highly respected and well-liked educator for many years and would eventually retire from the Newton County School System. Mr. Rowland was a Boy Scout Master, Troop 222, in Covington, and a deacon and longtime member of Covington First Baptist Church. In addition to his love of family and friends, he will be remembered for his love of gardening – tomatoes and azaleas were his favorites. Mr. Rowland was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Frances Rowland; son, Jody Rowland; step-daughter, Cynthia Head Jackson.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Piper Rowland; sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Gaye Rowland; Bill and Susan Rowland, Mark and Lisa Rowland, Danny and Dorraine Rowland, Randall and Elisa Rowland; step-daughter, Rosemary Davenport, step-son, James Reginald Head, Jr.; 15 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Sam Rowland; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service for Mr. Rowland will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Chapel of Caldwell & Cowan, 1215 Access Road, in Covington, with the Rev. Steve Aldridge officiating. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service, from noon to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made to First Baptist Church, c/o Sanctuary Fund, 1139 Usher St. NE, Covington, GA 30014.