Wendell T. Rowland, 74, of the Rover Community of Bedford County, died at his home on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, surrounded by family and friends, after a brief illness.
He was born in Marshall County and was a son of the late Willie B. and Ruby Ghee Rowland. Mr. Rowland served in the Tennessee National Guard and was a life-long member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in the Rover Community. He was a graduate of MTSU and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee. Over his 40-plus years as a lawyer, Mr. Rowland practiced in Chattanooga, Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. In 2010, Mr. Rowland was named a Senior Counselor of the Tennessee Bar Association.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Elizabeth Rowland Brannon, and a nephew, Michael Brannon.
Mr. Rowland is survived by his wife, Judy S. Rowland of the Rover Community; sister, Marie Rowland Kephart of Nashville; brother, Wallace (Mary Ann) Rowland of Tullahoma; six nieces, Pamela Kephart (Tom) Ludwig of Valrico, Fla., Kay Kephart (Tommy) Galloway of Ormand Beach, Fla., Donna Rowland (David) Sassaman of Ft. Worth, Texas, Lisa Rene Rowland Devine of Nashville, Rita Brannon (Terry) Brooks of Ellenwood, Ga., and Ann Brannon (Freddie) Prosser of the Wheel Community; two nephews, Keith Kephart of Nolensville and Frank (Tonya) Brannon of the Rover Community.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 23, at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Wallace Rowland, Jimmy Sorrells, Bob Adgent and Scotty Sorrells officiating. Burial followed in Simpson Cemetery in the Rover Community of Bedford County.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4432 Hwy. 41-A North, Rockvale, TN 37153.
Lawrence Funeral Home and Cremation Services was in charge of arrangements.