James B. Rowe Jr., 66

February 10, 2009

SEPT. 14, 1942-FEB. 8, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - James Benjamin Rowe Jr., 66, of Martinsburg, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Born Sept. 14, 1942, in Orangeburg, S.C., he was the son of Ruth Thomas Rowe of Lincolnville, S.C., and the late James B. Rowe Sr.

He retired from the U.S. Army as a communication specialist, having served two tours in Vietnam and awarded the Purple Heart.


He was part of the ministerial staff and a member of Mount Zion AME Church in Duffields.

He was co-founder and CEO of Men of Valor and Vision, and helped numerous veterans in the transition from the VA Hospital to the Martinsburg community.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Betty L. Weedon Rowe; four daughters, Yolanda Harris of Hagerstown, Donna Scott of Frederick, Md., Shena Daniels of Martinsburg and Shelly Rowe; one son, Keith Rowe; one sister, Brenda Rowe of South Carolina; three brothers, Franklin Rowe of California, Marvin Rowe of South Carolina and Richard Rowe of Las Vegas; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Stephen Rowe.

Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. Pastor Robert E. Gidney will officiate. Military graveside services will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Betty Rowe, 426 Randolph St., Martinsburg, WV 25401.

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