Doug Rowell

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M. Douglas Rowell, a longtime resident of Little Switzerland, passed away at his home Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, after a short illness, surrounded by family and friends. The family had public services at The Church of the Resurrection at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. 

Doug was born Sept. 10, 1941, in Montgomery, Alabama, to Mary Kathleen Gilchrist and Mareno Clio Rowell Sr. He married Nidia (“Nena”) Romero Rowell Oct. 27, 1990, and is survived by his beloved wife; his brother, Mareno Clio Rowell Jr.; his children, Celeste Rowell Russell and Michael Douglas Rowell; his stepchildren, Tamara Miles Ogier and Andrea Miles Fansler, his grandchildren Jordan Russell, K.C. Russell, Riley Ogier, Olivia Ogier and Sam Fansler; and his nieces, Kathy Rowell and Cassie Rowell. Doug and Nena loved to travel the world and were fabulous ballroom dancers. Doug will be missed by his family and his friends in Little Switzerland and around the world. 

The family extends its sincerest thanks to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge for its loving support in Doug’s final days. 

Instead of flowers, the family requests contributions to The Church of the Resurrection in Little Switzerland.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Douglas Rowell’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to assist the Rowell family.

Mitchell News-Journal  • Nov. 14, 2018

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