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02/26/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Mattie Manley Rowell

Mattie Manley Rowell
(12 Sept 1948 - 24 Feb 2017)
High School Class of 1966

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I am so saddened to bring you this news today.  Mattie Manley Rowell, wife of   Van Rowell ('65) of NC, passed away in Kannapolis, North Carolina on Friday, February 24, 2016 at the age of 68. 

   She was the sister-in-law of Charlie Snead ('64) and Thommy Rowell Snead ('64) of NC.

From Charlie Snead ('64) of NC - 02/24/17, 8:23 PM:

Mattie Rowell, loving wife of Van, class of 1965, went to be with the Lord today at 6:05 PM.
I knew her as warm, funny and wonderful mother of 2 beautiful daughters and 4 adorable grand babies.
I believe the value of this life is measured not in our years but in the quality and content of our Christian example. Mattie was a shining star worthy of the title "Good and Faithful Servant".
Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers,

    Oh, Charlie, I'm so very sorry to hear this! I first met Mattie at our 40-Year Reunion in 2005 and found her to be a lovely woman. I didn't realize she had been ill. You and your family have my deepest sympathies.

From Charlotte (NC) Observer - 02/26/17: 

                  Mattie Manley Rowell

    KANNAPOLIS, NC - Mattie Manley Rowell, 68, of Kannapolis, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Friday, February 24, 2017.

She was born September 12th, 1948 in the town of Welsh in McDowell county West Virginia. Mattie's parents were David "Bus" and Iva Manley of Austinville, VA.

Mattie is survived by her husband, Evander "Van" Rowell; her two daughters, Leigh Hopkins of Thomasville, NC , Allison Wightman of Kannapolis; one brother Howard Manley and sister-in-law Ann Manley of Wythe County VA; 4 grandchildren, JD Wightman, Vanessa Wightman, Alan Hopkins, and Joseph Hopkins; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charlie and Thommy Snead.

Mattie attended Virginia Intermont College and graduated from Radford College with a BS in Elementary education. She was a dedicated teacher for 18 years in Virginia and North Carolina.

She married Van on June 26th, 1971 and they have enjoyed over 45 years of marriage.

  Mattie loved to read (big trilogies), shag (with Van), watch movies (of said trilogies), take trips to the beach, and knit and crochet scarves (lots of them). Most of all Mattie enjoyed spending time with her family.

Van and the girls will welcome friends and family to celebrate Mattie's life at their home on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Friends and family are welcome to drop in between the hours of 3:00pm and 6:00pm.

Mattie really appreciated the excellent care she received from her oncologist, Dr. Richard Williams and his staff. She also was indebted to the special care shown to her from the staff of the Levine Cancer Center at Carolinas Healthcare System-NorthEast.

Memorials may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Avenue, Fifth Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

On-line condolences may be left at, Kannapolis, NC who is serving the family.

Published in Charlotte (NC) Observer on February 26, 2017.

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February 25, 2017

Aunt Mattie was a wonderful person who I remember as being funny and full of life. Lighting this candle for my Uncle Van and my favorite cousins, Leigh and Allison. Big hugs to all of you.

~ Beth

February 25, 2017

Allison, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Know that I am thinking about you and your family.

~ Pam Braxton

February 25, 2017

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry!
Love and hugs,

Charme Pace, Ridgeway, Virginia

February 25, 2017

Mattie lived next door in the dorm we shared at Virginia Intermont College. She took my roommate and me under her wing and helped the only two freshman on our floor. I am honored to have known this special lady and I am in prayer for her family. May God give you comfort during this difficult time.

~ Jo Ellen Harding, Castlewood, Virginia

February 25, 2017

Van and family: so sorry for your loss. Mattie was the sweetest, and we will miss her. Our prayers are with you and the family. Sarah Puckett Kressaty

~ Sarah Puckett Kressaty, Hayes, Virginia

February 26, 2017

Van, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Tommy Land

February 26, 2017

Allison, I am so sorry for your loss. I know it will be difficult for you and your family to continue on this earthy journey without the presence of your mother. God will help you through these tough times. Do know that she is in the loving arms of our Lord and will meet all of us one day. Keeping you and your family in our prayers.  

Betty Wiley

February 26, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss. We pray for each one of you that you find strength and peace today and the many days, months, and years that follow. From the Facebook posts, she was a very special person and I know that you will all miss her greatly.


February 26, 2017

Dear Van and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We've been praying for you all. May God strengthen you, provide understanding, and give you peace.

Chuck and Linda Eudy

February 26, 2017

Our deepest sympathies to the family on your loss. There are no words that can ease the pain of losing someone so beloved. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is in God's memory because those who pass on are precious in his eyes. (Psalms 116:15)

~ Stanback Family, North Carolina

February 26, 2017



February 26, 2017


   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mattie's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Be Thou My Vision

Irish Hymn, c. 8th century

Translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (02 July 1880 - 19 Jan 1931), 1905

Versified by Eleanor Henrietta Hull (15 Jan 1860 - 13 Jan 1935), 1912

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soulís Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor manís empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heavenís joys, O bright Heavenís Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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