Harold “Slim” Eugene Rowland

Harold “Slim” Eugene Rowland, of Taylor, passed away Sept. 23, 2019, at 92 years old. Harold was born Jan. 17, 1927, in Rockdale, to Vernon Eugene and Edith (Williams) Rowland.

Slim served in the U.S. Army as a demolition’s specialist and later with the Military Draft Board. He then went to work at the Dixon Gun Plant, and then Western Electric. It was there he met his wife, Esther, who worked for the Bell Telephone Company, as an operator at the Taylor office.

Slim retired from Alcoa as a welder, where he was Union President of the local union. He was also one of the founders of the Rockdale Credit Union.

In addition, he participated as an instructor in the Taylor High School Agriculture class as a welder.

Harold was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Esther (Blomquist) Rowland, as well as daughter Ruth Blackwell and grandson Travis Rowland.

Slim is survived by his sons, James Rowland and wife Marilyne of Taylor, and Paul Rowland and wife Vickie of Thrall. He had seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Visitation for Slim will be Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. His funeral service will be Thursday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Dr. Travis L. Summerlin of Tenth Street United Methodist Church in Taylor officiating.

Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rockdale.