William Robert (Bill) Rowzee

Services for Mr. William Robert (Bill) Rowzee will be held 2 pm, Friday, November 2, 2012 at Decatur United Methodist Church with burial in the Decatur City Cemetery. Rev. Jimmy Harrison and Rev. Bruce Taylor will officiate. Visitation will be held 12- 2 pm, Friday, November 2, 2012 at Decatur United Methodist Church.

Mr. Rowzee, 95, of Decatur, died Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Ms. State Veteran’s Home of Kosciusko,Ms.

William Robert (Bill) Rowzee was born March 30, 1917 in Decatur, Ms. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Early Robert Rowzee. He was the youngest of eight children. He leaves two children, Donna Sue Rowzee Tinsley, of Decatur, Ms. and William R. (Bill, Jr) Rowzee of Columbus, Ms., three grandchildren, Terry Robert Tinsley of Gainesville, Virginia; Kirk Martin Tinsley of Franklin, Tenn.; and Katie Rowzee of Jackson, Ms., and three great grandchildren, Joshua Dale Tinsley, Jordan Nicole Tinsley and Kael Martin Tinsley.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Ruth Rowzee of 60 years; his parents Early R. and Alice O. Rowzee; brothers: Amos, Lewis, Albert and Mack Rowzee; Sisters: Myrtle, Mary and Dew Drop Rowzee.

He leaves a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Bill joined the Decatur United Methodist Church when he was about twelve years of age and has been an active member ever since. Bill spent most of his life in Decatur, Ms. He took part in all available sports, (football, basketball, baseball, track and class plays). He was Class President of his 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade class. He attended two years at ECJC; he played in the band, was in class plays and on the tennis team. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and was placed in the 12th Postal regulation section, handling overseas mail, operating out of Boston Port of Embarkation Boston, Massachusetts.

He married his long time sweetheart and friend, Donna Skelton of Union, while he was in the military. He worked for a while with the Engineers at the Mobile Alabama Ship Building Corp. Following this work he came back and enrolled at MSU in the school of Business and Accounting. Two years later, in 1947, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from MSU. He played drums in the famous Maroon Band and had gone back to MSU many times since graduation to play in the famous Alumni Band. He joined the American Legion after his discharge and had been a member ever since.

He is a life member and has served as Beat Commander, Post Commander, Adjuctant, Service Officer and District Commander. He was also a member and officer of the 40/8 (an Honor organization of the American Legion). He attended National Conventions in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Honolulu, Hawaii, accompanied by his wife, Donna.

After graduation from MSU in 1947, he worked a few months as bookkeeper for Solwell Lumber Company in Meridian as office manager. He took and passed the Post Office examination for Post Office Clerk and came back to Decatur and began work in the Decatur Post Office. He retired as Assistant Post Master. He then served many years as Newton County Veterans Service officer; he helped many Veterans to get their well deserved benefits.

Pallbearers: Wayne Comans, Mike McGreevy, Chris Harris, Jerry Rowzee, Kenneth Jones and Bud Smith

Honorary Pallbearers: H.G. “Buddy” Langley, Jackie Knight, Danny Cherry and Price Miller

In lieu of flowers family request that memorials be made to Decatur United Methodist Church Parsonage Fund PO Box 325 Decatur, Ms. 39327

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