Henry Deleon Rowland arrived at the Gates of Heaven in the early morning of September 23, 2021 and our LORD opened the gates and said Welcome, my good and faithful son. He was born on June 2, 1941 in Glenwood, GA to Will and Eunice Rowland. Deleon lived his childhood (until high school graduation) on the farm in Glenwood. Upon graduation, he moved to Savannah and worked with his brother-in-law in the drywall business. While in Savannah, he joined the Air National Guard and in 1963 moved to Jacksonville, FL to take a job with Seaboard Coastline Railroad (now CSX). He met his wife of 46 years, Norma, while working at CSX . Deleon was an athlete since middle school and led his high school basketball team to the State Championship in 1959, which unfortunately they lost. He played basketball and softball while working at the railroad and took up golf in his 30s. Since Deleon was a perfectionist, it didnʼt take him long through endless practice to become a scratch golfer. He had the opportunity to turn pro, but chose to remain at the railroad. Deleon lived in Jacksonville since 1963. In 1975, he married Norma and became an instant father to her two daughters. In 1995, he became a proud Poppa to his only grandchild, Madison. He is pre-deceased by his parents, one sister Mary-Nell Montford and two brothers Carl & Robert Rowland. He is survived by his loving wife Norma and daughters, Michelle (Tom) McCarthy and Lorri Davis, granddaughter Madison (Tyler) Adrian, one sister Mae Jones, and numerous cousins and nephews. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that you donate to First Baptist Church of Glenwood, GA, Community Hospice of Jacksonville or any charity of your choice.Deleon was just a good ol boy from a small town in Godʼs Country, he wouldnʼt want anyone dressing up for him, so no suits required. His funeral will take place on Saturday, October 2, 2021. There will be a visitation at First Baptist Church of Glenwood from 10am-11am with a short service following. Interment at Alamo Cemetery will immediately follow. There will also be a memorial service in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Grace Lutheran Church with a small reception following.
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