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Joseph E. “Bubba” Rowe, 92, of Lake Pleasant, N.Y. and Bena, passed away May 5, 2015 at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester, Va.

He was a native of Gloucester County and for the last 20 years had resided in Lake Pleasant, N.Y.

Joe was a fisherman during his early years, then carpentry in home construction and later working in the woodworking shop at William and Mary College from which he retired. He was a master woodworking craftsman. Joe was a longtime member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. He enjoyed living in New York, but always looked forward twice a year coming to his home on the Perrin Creek at Bena. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Madeline Rowe; first wife, Elizabeth Smith Rowe; sisters, Thelma Shackelford, Elizabeth Rowe and Susie Pyles.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Rowe; niece, Brenda Horsley; nephews, Carlton Harper and Kenneth Shackelford; great-nieces and -nephews, cousins and a host of friends; and his loving cat, Molly.

Graveside funeral service conducted by the Rev. William Weaver and the Rev. Carol Bookwalter was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Gloucester Point Cemetery. Friends assembled at the cemetery. The family received friends Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from 7-8 p.m. at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point.

Following the committal, friends joined the family for a reception at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2101 Mark Pine Road, Hayes, Va. 23072.

In Joe’s memory, contributions may be given to the Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 9, Bena, Va. 23018 or Bethlehem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 185, Bena, Va. 23018.

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