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Joan Wicks Rowles

June 21, 1941 — June 9, 2024

Joan Wicks Rowles

Joan Wicks Rowles of Rustburg, VA passed away June 9, 2024 at the age of 82.  She was born in Providence, RI on June 21, 1941 to the late James Frank Wicks and the late Winiferd Causer Wicks.  She was married to Carrell Clarence Rowles, Jr. who survives.


She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Joan was a graduate of James Madison University where she received her BA in education.  She taught at Brookville High School in Lynchburg and was secretary to the Director of the Governor’s School.  Joan enjoyed traveling to Myrtle Beach, Williamsburg, traveling by train, and visiting antique malls.  She was a tour guide at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest for 30 years.   


Left to cherish her memory:

Her Husband of 58 years

Carrell Clarence “Sonny” Rowles, Jr. of Rustburg


Sue Cook, Sue Craighton, and Betty Payne

D.J. Ostrom Jr., wife Dawn and family

Mark Young, Lee Owen and family

Life-long special Friend

Frances Shoemaker


Special thanks to the staff at Runk and Pratt, Pearls of Life Memory Care


A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. at St. John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery with the Rev. Gavin McAdam officiating. 


For memorials, please consider Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, 1776 Poplar Forest Pkwy, Lynchburg, VA 24502.


Online condolences may be directed to


Arrangements entrusted to Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Graveside Service

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. John' Episcopal Church Cemetery

484 Mountain Rd, Halifax, VA 24558

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