October 23, 1920 – October 24, 2019
Jack Rowell passed away peacefully on Thursday, October
24, 2019, one day after his 99th birthday. Loving husband of
the late Connie Lee Reyer Rowell, Jack is survived by two
sons, Jim Rowell (Dianne) and Jeff Rowell (Polly), and by
his brother, Ralph “Toonie” Rowell.
A native of Mississippi, Jack served in the U.S. Coast Guard
during WWII in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean
theaters. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he
married the love of his life, Connie. Jack then completed
watchmaker school, and he and Connie moved to West
Point, Mississippi, where he established a jewelry store,
Rowell Jewelers, and they raised their family. Jack was a
master watchmaker and a Gemology Institute of America
Certified Gemologist. He achieved the level of Master
Mason in the Grand Lodge of Mississippi and was a Deacon
of Calvary Baptist Church in West Point.
Along the way, Jack studied for and was awarded an
amateur radio license. Those who knew him in New Orleans
may remember him at Jazzfest wearing a baseball cap
bearing his ham radio call sign, WA5TWI. He spent many
enjoyable hours talking over his radio with people throughout
the world. Jack enjoyed his retirement in New Orleans and
cherished the many friends he made here. He was the
author of two books, “As I Remember” and “Some Other
Things That I Remember”.
Jack was a resident of the Atrium Assisted Living facility in
Metairie, Louisiana. The family would like to thank
Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care, the staff of Atrium
Assisted Living and especially his longtime, loyal caregiver,
Ms. Carrie Lewis, for their compassionate and loving care of
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 2,
2019 at JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827
Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation will begin
at 10:00 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 12:30 p.m.
Internment will be in West Point, Mississippi, where Jack will
be laid to rest, as he wanted, next to his beloved Connie.
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