Mark Lynwood Rowe
Mark Lynwood Rowe
  • September 20, 1950 - May 14, 2017
  • Birmingham, Alabama

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Mark Roy Lynwood Rowe, 66, of Vestavia Hills, Alabama, was born in Ferndale, Michigan and grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is survived by Janet Keys Rowe, his wife of 35 years, his sons, Theodore Mark Rowe and Michael Thompson Rowe, all of Vestavia Hills; his father, Russell Rowe, and his brothers Gary Rowe (Mary Anne) and John Rowe (Stacy). He was predeceased by his mother, Ada Ruth Butcher Rowe. He graduated from Broward College (National Junior College Debate Champion); University of West Georgia (BA in Speech/Debate Scholar); and Morehead State University (MA in Speech and the Debate and Individual Events Coach, where he coached national winners). At The University of South Carolina, Mark coached Debate and Individual Events and there met his wife Janet. During his last year at Cumberland School of Law, he competed for and won the American College of Trial Lawyers 1984 George A. Spiegelberg Award for Best Oral Argument at the National Trial Competition. He began practicing law with Roscoe Hogan who hired him for his trial skills. He was currently practicing law with the Environmental Litigation Group. Mark was an elder at Independent Presbyterian Church, a Civil War scholar, and passionate about Animal Rights. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama. The family suggests that memorials in Mark's memory may be made to Independent Presbyterian Church (Angel Fund, Fine Arts, Food Pantry or STAIR) or to The Civil War Trust. Mark lived by what he taught others: patience, tolerance, and compassion.