Meridian Star


July 9, 2013

Donald Gene Rowland

Retired Master Chief Petty Officer - Retired EMSH Patient Investigator

MERIDIAN —     Donald Gene Rowland, 69, of Moscow, MS, passed away July 5th, 2013 in the comfort of home on the farm with family.  Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 9th at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home 5-7pm followed by a Funeral Mass Wednesday, July 10th at Saint Patrick Catholic Church at 11am with Father Frank Cosgrove officiating.

    Born in Mentor, TN on D-Day, Don joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer after 27 years of honorable service in such ports of call as Vietnam, Diego Garcia, Brazil, Europe, the Philippines, and the Middle East.  He served in different Carrier Air Groups throughout his career to include the squadrons of VT-7 Eagles, VA-147 Argonauts, VA-85 Falcons, VA-34 Blue Blasters aboard various Aircraft Carriers to include the USS Constellation, USS JFK, the USS Eisenhower, and the USS Saratoga. During his career he achieved distinction and was awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and numerous unit citations.

    His legacy lives on through his wife, Claudia, and their three children’s families; CPT (P) Richard P. Rowland and his wife, Keltoum, and daughter, Nadia, of Hattiesburg, MS; Scot Rowland and his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Annakatharine and Alexandria, of Marion, MS; Kim Rowland Glicco and her husband, Derek, of Meridian, MS; his brother, Robert ‘Mutt’ Rowland of Louisville, TN; sister, Betty Pierce of Greenback, TN; mother-in-law, Marguerite Goodman; as well as many dear friends.

    In death, Don was reunited with his parents Jesse M. and Mabern L. Rowland; brothers, James K. “Jeep” Rowland and Reverend A.J. Rowland; sisters, Myrtle “Myrt” Settlemire, Kathleen “Polly” Houser, and Juanita Robinson; and his father-in-law, Hal Leon Goodman.

    Special thanks to gracious neighbors and Southern Hospice caregivers, Teresa and Selena, whose tender care contributed greatly to Don and his family’s comfort in his last days.

    Like every good sailor, we know he will be waiting for us at the next homeport.  “Fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw!”

    Family and friends may sign the online guest book at

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