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Hickox – Lyman Robert “Bobby” Rowell, Jr., 77, of Hickox passed away Monday morning (March 2, 2020) at his residence after an extended illness.
Born in Waycross, GA his parents were Lyman Rowell and Margie Blocker Rowell. He is also preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Ruth Rowell and Patrick and Anna Wainright Blocker.
Bobby retired after 27 years from the Federal Aviation Administration and served in the Army National Guard for 6 years where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He turned his hobby and passion for beekeeping into a successful Honey Farm for 37 years until his bad health forced him to retire. Over the years, he served on several County boards including the Development Authority, Tax Assessor, the County Commissioner and the Georgia Farm Bureau Honeybee Commodity Board. He also served as the President of Brantley County Farm Bureau for 17 years, the President of the Southeast Beekeepers Association and President of the Georgia Beekeepers Association.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, JoAnn Howard Rowell of Hickox; 2 children, Sonya Lynn Rowell Baker of Buford, GA and United States Air Force Colonel Robert Joseph Rowell (Staci) Prattville, AL; 4 grandchildren, Jordan Baker (Will Sexton) of Gainesville, GA, Jared Baker of Buford, GA, Anna Rowell and Emily Rowell both of Prattville, AL; great grandchild, Solara Sexton of Gainesville, GA; 2 brothers & sisters-in-law, Billy Rowell (Wanda) and Pat Rowell (Patsy) all of Hickox; a mother-in-law, Myrtice Howard of Macon, GA; and also several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening (March 5, 2020) starting at 6pm at Hickox Baptist Church.
A funeral service will be held Friday afternoon (March 6, 2020) at 2pm at Hickox Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Giddens and Rev. Phillip Rowell officiating.
Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Rowell, Dean Rowell, Chris Crews, Charles Edgy, GW Knox, Claude Edgy, Larry Johns, and Skipper Howard.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brantley Co. Farm Bureau Board of Directors and David Lee, Gary Paulk, Daniel Johnson, John Hilton, Lawarence Melton and Tyrus Manning.
Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.fryefh.com.
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