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William Alvie Rowell

October 15, 1939 — October 2, 2021

William “Alvie” Rowell, of Springtown, Texas, passed from this life into the next on October 2, 2021 and is now safe in the arms of his savior, Jesus Christ. Graveside Service: 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Annis Chapel Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at White's Springtown Chapel. He was born at home in the small community of Hall, Texas, just outside of Richland Springs on October 15, 1939. He spent his school years as a proud, green and gold, New Deal Lion, where he played basketball, football, and ran track. As a Senior of 1958, he was awarded the title of Mr. New Deal. Apparently, he was a pretty big deal on campus, as has been told by his former classmates. He loved attending his class reunions where he enjoyed reminiscing about the fun, good-old times. After graduation, he met and married the love of his life, Faye Larose Long, on January 10, 1959. They recently celebrated 62 years of marriage with family at one of Alvie’s favorite all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet restaurants. Soon after Alvie and Faye married in Lubbock, Texas, they moved to Fort Worth where Alvie began a life-long career in the carpentry field. He worked alongside many interesting characters over the years, including his brother-in-law Nick Sarap, his nephews Michael Sarap, Timmy McKown, and David Stepich, and family friends, Wendell Wood and Ricky Trotter, to name just a few. He often shared interesting and comical “on-the-job” stories, which to this day, his kids still periodically retell with chuckling, fond memories. His many years of experience, hard and no-nonsense work ethic, along with his quick wit, earned him the endearing nickname, Big Al. When his two sons, Kevin and Chad, were old enough to hold a hammer and a job, they began their own construction company, called A & A Systems. During this time, he worked along side his sons as they sharpened their carpentry tools to follow him in his earlier career choice. Alvie had the fortunate opportunity to employ and work alongside some of his favorite people, which, of course were his sons, including his daughter, Shonda Marie and his grandson, Britt Rigues. The stories they can tell and lessons they all learned after working with their dad and/or Pepaw will assuredly, leave an indelible mark in their memories and a positive influence in their lives. Alvie and Faye raised four children in Springtown where all became a big part and lifelong members of the Porcupine Nation. Go POJO! As members of First Baptist Church since 1970, Alvie, Faye and family strengthened their love and faith in Jesus Christ and came to know how important church family in this lifetime, really is. Alvie’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren fondly call him, Pepaw, and were all, certainly the apples of his eye. He loved seeing them and spending time with them, anytime he had a chance. Alvie Rowell’s favorite actors were John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. As reality would have it, the characters these actors played, were just that; fictitious characters. Alvie Rowell was bigger than a fictitious character that appeared on a movie screen. He was a real-life, non-fiction character and lived out the part of a man of True Grit. His legacy of this was proven over and over in his life, especially in the last months, days, hours and minutes that he spent on this earth. The legacy of his life can probably be summed up with the last words that he shared with his grandchildren: “There is only time for LOVE in this life.” Alvie Rowell was a man of few words. When he spoke, it was meant to be with an impact. So, remember his last words. Never forget. He spoke no greater Truth. William “Alvie” Rowell was preceded in death by his parents, Judge Alvie Rowell and Mary Elizabeth Rowell, 5 of his 6 sisters, Loraine McKown, Elsie Risenhoover, Flora Lea Risenhoover, Mary Belle Potts, and Gladys Sarap. He is survived by his wife Faye Rowell and his four children, Sheila Faye Rowell and husband Felipe Lembcke, Kevin Alvie Rowell and wife Sue, Shonda Marie Rowell-Hazel and husband Darren, and Chad Allen Rowell and wife Rachel. He is also survived by his baby sister, whom he adored, Michelle Harris and her husband Jerry. He is survived by many grandchildren, Brooke Chaffin and her husband Jeff, Aaron Thomas, his wife Rebecca and great-granddaughter, Darcy. Lyndsi Danielle Rowell, Charlsi Larose Thomas and her husband Caleb; Britt Jarod Rigues, his wife Andrea and great-granddaughters, Brielle and Ashlyn; Brody Jordan Rigues, Matalyn McClellan and husband Jonah, Brendon Jacob Rigues and Evin Kay Rowell.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

White's Funeral Home -Springtown

401 North Main Street, Springtown, TX 76082

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

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