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Herman Rowlett

July 16, 1943 — November 2, 2023

Herman Rowlett transitioned from this life on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at Sentara Obici Hospital.

When Herman Rowlett was born on July 16, 1943in Rushmere, Isle of Wight Co., Virginia he became a member of the 14th Generation of Rowletts in Virginia. His father Birdie Armstead Rowlett was 25 and his mother Elizabeth Harris aka "Lizzie Bob" was 21.

Herman, affectionately known as Herman, Herm, H, Brown, Dad, PopPop, Papa, and Godfather, was blessed with a large family that loved him unconditionally. He was raised in a loving and caring home environment by his paternal Grandparents, Maude Lillian Bailey Rowlett and Ocie Allen Rowlett of Rushmere Virginia. He was also blessed to have many Uncles and Aunts who helped to teach, train, groom and nurture him in order to prepare him for the big wide world he would someday encounter.

His father Birdie Armstead Rowlett passed away on April 1971, in Rushmere, Virginia His mother Lizzie Bob passed away February 2006.

He married Maggie L Bailey in Newport News, Virginia. They had three sons during their marriage, Reginald A Rowlett Sr., Andre' Rowlett (Deceased) and Herman "Pip" Rowlett Jr., Herman and Maggie were divorced on December in Virginia after 20 years of marriage.

In 1983 he married Ellen Amos Rowlett on July 30, 1983- Their nuptials were blessed with the addition of two children, Angela Jones and Paul L Jones Jr

He was a wonderful father to his children and a wonderful PopPop to his grand and great-grand children. His children feel blessed to have had a father that raised them with love, patience, discipline and humility. He instilled important life lessons into the lives of his children and grandchildren. Herman was a caring and compassionate man and he loved and cherished every relationship he built. He was simply a phone call away to anyone that needed a friend and he touched so many lives throughout his journey in life,

As part of his extensive training from his Uncles and Grandfather, He mastered the craft of Custom Tile Work Brick Laying Cement Work, Home Improvement and Remodeling. He was a creative and a skilled man that loved to work with his hands. He could build and create anything with his materials of choice Herman's creative designs were known and admired up and down the East Coast. There was no need for business cards because his work spoke for itself. Referrals were plentiful and his Customer satisfaction was his creed, In his free time Herman enjoyed hunting, fishing, and reaching out to family and friends. He especially loved to ride around in his Big Ford truck, If you asked him a question, he would always give you a straight answer. If you had a problem and you talked to him, you always left feeling better about things. Last, but by no means least, Herman loved his Family and Friends!

Herman Rowlett was the true definition of a "Good Man". He was an active member of First Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Smithfield, VA and a member of the Rushmere Volunteer Fire Department until his health began to decline. He wore many hats—husband, father1 grandfather, godfather, uncle, brother, cousin, Craftsman and friend.

When you were in his presence you felt blessed. He loved to make people laugh. His family and friends will miss him dearly, but everything Herman stood for will live on in those he loved. His family and friends will miss him dearly, but everything Herman stood for will live on in those he loved.

He is survived by his devoted wife Ellen; sons Reggie and Herman Jr. aka  “Pip”, daughter Angela, goddaughter, Tarra, godson Aaron Jr.,  , grandchildren; Tamerra, TaShaia, Antonio aka "Tony" Paul, III, Brandon, Shanae, Shawntae, Latoya, Heaven Miracle, Andre, April, Terrance and Angel and their children; sister, Annette Goodman, brothers, Horace A. Rowlett and Levester MacDonald Bowens as well as a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

May he Rest in Peace.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11am on Friday, November 10, 2023 at First Gravel Hill Baptist Church.  Viewing will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2023 from 3-6pm at the chapel. Please keep the Rowlett family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Service Schedule

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Viewing

Thursday, November 9, 2023

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Friday, November 10, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

First Gravel Hill Baptist Church

5230 Old Stage Hwy, Smithfield, VA 23430

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Burial

Friday, November 10, 2023

12:15 - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

First Gravel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery

5230 Old Stage Highway, Smithfield, VA 23430

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