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James R. "Rick" Rowlands

May 11, 1943 April 25, 2021
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James R. “Rick” Rowlands, age 77, of Ava, Ohio, died Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born May 11, 1943, in Canton, son of the late Louis Clair and Thelma L. Wilson Rowlands. He was employed as a truck driver by Bill Heppner Trucking, as a truck driver and supervisor for Clair Hughes Trucking, and he delivered cars for Classic Ford and Dunning Motors. Rick attended the Ava United Methodist Church. He enjoyed cleaning vehicles, working on his truck, and vacationing in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Darlene Chippi Rowlands, whom he married November 10, 1963; his children, James Rickey “Rick” Rowlands, Jr. of Ava and Jeff Ray (Paula) Rowlands of Barnesville; his sister, Jenny L. (Ivan) Rose of Quaker City; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; a special neighbor, Tom Watkins; and his beloved cat, Miss Kitty.

A private service will be observed by the family; however, it will be livestreamed Friday, April 30, 2021, at 1PM on the McVay-Perkins Funeral Home Facebook page. Following the funeral service, a public graveside service will take place at Halley’s Ridge Cemetery at 2PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ava United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 18, Ava, Ohio 43711, or the Belle Valley Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 16, Belle Valley, Ohio, 43717. An online guestbook may be signed at
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Services are private.

Cemetery Details


Halleys Ridge Cemetery Final Resting Place

Halley's Ridge Road
Ava, OH 43711

Halley's Ridge Road Ava 43711 OH
United States

Memorial Contribution

Ava United Methodist Church

P. O. Box 18
Ava, OH 43711

Belle Valley Volunteer Fire Department

P.O. Box 16
Belle Valley, OH 43717

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