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Mr. Van Lee Rowan, 81, of Adel, Georgia, passed away May 10, 2017 at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta. He was born on June 8, 1935 in Lanier County to William Elisha Rowan, Sr. and Golie Watson Rowan. He lived in Cook County most of his life where he was a member of Adel Presbyterian Church.

After graduating University of Georgia School of Pharmacy in 1957, he moved to Moultrie, Georgia where he worked at Cash Drug Store and met his future wife, Lillian Edwards Cox, an elementary school teacher. They wed in 1960. While in Moultrie, their first son, Eric, was born. Soon after, they moved to Adel where Mr. Rowan worked at Scruggs Drugs, which later became Scruggs and Rowan Drugs, and eventually Rowan Drugs. Todd, his second son, was born following the move to Adel. After about thirty years of owning his own drugstore and Radio Shack store, he sold his business to Barnes Healthcare Services of Valdosta where he worked until his retirement in 2011.

Van loved serving his community as a Pharmacist, as a member of the Lion's Club, and as an Elder and Liturgist at the Adel Presbyterian Church. He also loved taking care of animals, especially his beloved dog, Yahtzee.

Mr. Rowan is survived by his two sons: Eric Rowan of Adel and Todd Rowan of Nashville, Tennessee; and a brother, William E. Rowan, Jr., of Nashville, Georgia. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Edwards Cox Rowan; two brothers, Dr. Jimmy Rowan (Ann) and Herbert Rowan; and a sister, Betty R. Devane.

The funeral service for Mr. Rowan will be held Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Adel United Methodist Church with Rev. John Stephens and Pastor Donalee Preston (CRE) officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn City Cemetery in Adel. The family will receive friends at the church social hall from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM prior to the funeral service. Flowers are welcomed and appreciated. Please consider a donation in lieu of flowers to honor Mr. Rowan at www.MichaelJFox.org for Parkinson's research or at www.aspca.org to advocate for the well-being of animals. Condolences may be expressed to the Rowan family online at www.boonefunerals.com. Boone Funeral Home is entrusted with Mr. Rowans services.
Published on May 13, 2017
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