Brenda (Sweat) Rowell

Born: Mon., Mar. 13, 1950
Died: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 28, 2018
Location: Beulah Baptist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Dec. 28, 2018
Location: Beulah Baptist Church

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Mrs. Brenda Gail Sweat Rowell, age 68, of Pierce County, passed away Monday night (12/24/18) at her residence following an extended illness.

Born March 13, 1950 in Alma, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Tracy James and Modene Tuten Sweat. She graduated from Blackshear High School in 1968 and received an associate’s degree from Brewton Parker College where she sang in the Brewton Parker College Choir. Music was a passion of hers which she used in so many ways to inspire others.

She retired in 2004 from the Ware County Department of Family and Children Services following 34 years of service. 

She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church where she served as church organist for many years. She was a member of the Women of Faith Sunday School class and part of the Women’s Missionary Union. She was passionate about her Lord and church family.

She was an active member on the board of Easter Seals, treasurer of Satilla Community Service Center Parents Association, and part of the Miracle League Association that works with handicapped children.

She will be remembered by her family and friends for her quiet, sweet, loving spirit and her servitude to others. She was dedicated to her God and her family. Love had no boundaries in her eyes and she accepted everyone with an open heart.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Glenna Sweat Hardrick; two brothers, James Kelly Sweat and Larry Randolph Sweat; a brother-in-law, Lonnie A. Hardrick; and a great nephew, Peyton Joshua Sweat.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Jerry Edwin Rowell of Alma; two sons, Jeremiah James Rowell (wife Georgia Mosley Rowell) of Jesup and Richard William “Richie” Rowell of Alma; three grandchildren, Lauren Whitley Rowell, Jeremiah James Rowell, Jr., and Lucas Mason Rowell, all of Jesup; her twin sister, Linda Sweat Hardrick of Blackshear; two sisters-in-law, Jo Ann Boatright Sweat and Eleanor Cox Sweat, both of Alma; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives and a host of friends.

A funeral service will be held Friday (12/28/18) at 11 a.m. at Beulah Baptist Church, 3343 Beulah Church, Road, Alma, Georgia. Burial will follow in the Beulah Baptist Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church on Friday one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Easter Seals, 505 Elizabeth Street, Waycross, Georgia 31501; St Jude’s Children’s Hospital,  501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to any charitable organization of your choice.

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   Posted Tue December 25, 2018
Dear Family, I send you my heartfelt condolence on the loss of your dear family member. May John 5:28,29 truly strengthen you to reflect on God’s promises to bring back to life your dear loved one to a beautified earth where she can be reunited with her family, and never have to get sick and die, ever again. (Psalm 37:11,29; Isaiah 33:24)

Eve Purcell
   Posted Wed December 26, 2018
Jerry, Linda and family,
Heaven has definitely gained a new sweet loving soul. I pray for each of you and I know your loss is great. Glenda was special and I am so fortunate to have know her. God bless you with strength and peace.

Diane Raulerson
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
I had the awesome gift of growing up right next to the twins, Linda and Brenda. Even as children they had that sweet sweet spirit of God that I am sure their Godly mother instilled in them but came so naturally all of their life. It is hard to say anything about one without referring to both. I loved singing harmony with them, laughing until the church pews shook when we were kids, riding the bus back and forth to school, going to all those basketball games with our Moms the year the Blackshear Tigers went to state champion, meeting halfway our houses at pecan tree and playing for hours on that sweet country road where the stream of water in ditch looked like sweet tea, attending Beulah Baptist every time the doors were open and hearing our sweet Mamas sing praises to our Savior. Until we meet again Brenda. I love you with all my heart.

Barbara Smith-Fischer
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
Jerry, Linda & family, how blessed am I to have known Brenda and to call her friend. To know Brenda was to love her, she will be missed by everyone. Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Barbara

Richter and Denise Rudisail
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
Jerry and family: I never saw Brenda when she was not smiling. She was always so sweet. I am so sadden by your loss and our community loss. Please know we are praying for your entire family. She is dancing and singing in heaven.Love to your family.

John &Teresa Boatright
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
Such a loving soul, she has earned her wings,she will be missed, here for any family members if needed.

Thomas Williams
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family during this time of loss. Brenda was one of the most genuine, gracious and generous people that I've ever met. She was such an encouragement to me during my time at Beulah, and I will never forget her smile and positive outlook, no matter how she was really feeling. I am richer for having known her over the past six months.

May the peace and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ fill the heart of every family member.

Richard & Linda K (Thornton) Lombardi
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
Family and loved ones Our Prayers are with you for Brenda and all of you. We know how special she was to everyone and the many lives she has touched and ministered to. She will be missed and we will think of her with our loved ones she is seeing in Heaven and celebrating her Home coming. Sending our Love to each one of you.

Patricia Larson
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
Sending love and support to Brenda’s family. I
had the pleasure of working with Brenda and
know of the many families that she helped.
Keeping you in my prayers

Larry Nanoy
   Posted Thu December 27, 2018
"Uncle" Jerry and very sorry for your loss. A very sweet and loving woman who always had a smile for everyone, will be missed. Her devotion to God and the church ensure her a place in heaven..may this thought somehow comfort you during the coming days.

Bud & Barbara Smith; Dallas & Amy Smith
   Posted Sat December 29, 2018
Linda and extended family,
We were very sorry to hear about Brenda's death. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Brenda was a very special lady and will be greatly missed by everyone.
We will be praying for you.

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