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Ollan Kenneth Rowell February 23, 1929 - July 3, 2020

Tisdale-Lann Memorial

Ollan Kenneth Rowell of Aberdeen, MS passed away Friday, July 3, 2020, at the Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford, MS. He was 91 years old.

Ollan was the son of James Kelcy and Molene (Parker) Rowell.  He was born in Tremont, MS on February 23, 1929.  He was married in Dothan, AL to Barbara Jennette Scarborough on October 9, 1951.

Ollan joined the Navy at 14.  He served as a seaman 1st class in the South Pacific during WWII aboard the submarine rescue vessel USS Widgeon (AM-22) and later on the submarine USS Saury (SS-189).  After completing his naval duty, he enlisted in the Air Force and served there until he retired as a Tech Sergeant in 1964.  While in the Air Force Ollan served as an Electronics Warfare Officer (EWO) and senior crew chief aboard B-36, B-47, and B-52 Strato-Jet bombers under the Strategic Air Command.  Ollan was stationed in Tokyo, Japan; Eielson AFB Alaska; March AFB Riverside, CA; Glasgow AFB Glasgow, MT; Brookley AFB Mobile, AL; and Kessler AFB Biloxi, MS.

Upon his retirement from the USAF, he began his career with Ingalls Ship Building Pascagoula, MS East Bank Facilities in the fast attack submarine program.  He later transferred to cost estimating and change order departments. He advanced to Superintendent of Shipbuilding of the West Bank Facilities where he outfitted weapons systems on US Navy Spruance and Aegis Class destroyers.  Ollan retired from Ingalls in 1983.

After Ollan retired from Ingalls Shipbuilding, he moved to Aberdeen, MS, and later developed the Walnut Main and Walnut Point communities in Aberdeen.

Ollan was a 33rd degree Mason and member of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi, Joppa Temple, and York Rite Masonic Lodge.  He was active with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in Mobile, AL, and in the Jackson County, MS Sheriff’s Reserve.  Ollan enjoyed hunting, fishing, and visiting with family and friends at his beloved cabin on the lake in Aberdeen.

He is preceded in death by his parents James Kelcy and Molene (Parker) Rowell, his wife of 30 years, Barbara Scarborough Rowell, Ocean Springs, MS, his brother James Darrel Rowell, Acmar, AL, and a sister Mary Ann Rowell Crosby, Aberdeen, MS.

He is survived by his brother William Thomas Temple, Jackson, MS, his sister Martha Jean Rowell Morrison (Walter), Pontotoc, MS, sons, Richard Kenneth Rowell, Aberdeen, MS, Stephen Parker Rowell (Karen), Vicksburg, MS, and daughter Leigh Anne Rowell Phillips (Aubrey), Elberta, AL.  Ollan has eleven grandchildren, Chris, Harley, Jesse, Lura, Taylor, Ryan, Kristina, Kaden, Lera, Luba, Vlad, and a lively group of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Hoxie, Kaden Rowell, Vlad Rowell, Aubrey Phillips, Phillip Rowell, Billy Ray Rowell, William Rowell, and John McBeth.

The family wishes to express their special thanks to the nurses and staff at the Mississippi Veterans’ Home Oxford, MS for their love and care of our Father.

Aberdeen, MS

  • Services will be Wednesday, July 8th at 3:00 pm at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen, MS with Bro. Van Moore officiating.
  • Visitation will begin at 2:00 pm until the hour of service.
  • Burial will be at Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile, AL.


  1. REPLY
    Forrest Logan says

    Thank you for the service and work spent for the United States of America, Sir. You have to be at the top of the list of contributors. May you rest in eternal peace.

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      Stephen Rowell says

      Thank you for your kind words

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    Thomas Creston says

    Rest in peace. Thank you Gor all you did while here and for giving me a very special friend in your son Stephen and his family.

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      Stephen Rowell says

      Thank you Tommy. Blessings to you and your family.

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    Phyllis & David Hagler says

    Praying for you and your family, may God’s sheltering arms be around you, may His love and comfort give you strength in the knowledge He has prepared a place for your father and you. Until you meet again ♥️🙏♥️
    Our God is an awesome God

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      Stephen Rowell says

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes. Our God is Good.

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    michael bucklew says

    michael and rosie bucklew our deepest compassion at you time of loss–i really enjoyed meeting and spending time with mr. ken–rest in peace and thank you for your service to our country

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      Stephen Rowell says

      Thank you both for your kind words and thoughts.

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    Matthew Holmer says

    My condolences to my friend and mentor Mr. Stephen Rowell and family, as well as the rest of the Rowell clan. May Ollan’s legacy and memory live on in the hearts of those who knew him.

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      Stephen Rowell says

      Thank you Matt. God Bless you and you family.

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    Lynetta says

    I am sorry for the loss of Mr. Rowell. Death hurts all the friends and family. God has promised to swallow up death forever at Isaiah 25:8. I hope these words bring you comfort.

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    Stephen Rowell says

    Thank you Lynetta for your kind words and thoughtful scripture.

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    Kathy Foster says

    My sincere condolences to the family upon the passing of your father and to his wife, Janet Rowell. For many, many years Ken was a well-loved member of the Fort Walton Beach Sons & Daughters of Italy Franzalia Lodge.
    It is never easy saying goodbye, we can only say happy you were with us.

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