James “Jim” Lewis Rowe Sr., 84, of Dunnellon, Florida died on January 8, 2013 at his residence. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on February 15, 1928 to the late Lewis Rowe and Irene Rowe. Jim lived in Ocala, FL since 1990 and spent many years employed in law enforcement. He was an accomplished entrepreneur, owning and operating many types of unique businesses including a clothing store and several service stations located in Starke, High Springs and Tampa.
Jim was an avid Dale Earnhardt NASCAR fan and loved Jimmy Johns. He enjoyed racing stock cars and founded his own country-western band, Jim Rowe and the Country Gems. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Carol Darlene Rowe, and his daughter Diane Rowe.
Mr. Rowe is survived by his loving children Jackie (David) Wright of Macclenny, James “Jimmy” (Susan) Lewis Rowe, Jr. of Englewood, FL, and James Cris (Cristine) Rowe of Weirsdale, FL; brother Wayne (Judy) Rowe of Ocala; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A graveside service was held on Monday, January 14 at 2 pm at Highlands Memorial Park in Ocala with Pastor David Ragan officiating. V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.