William C. “Buddy” Rowland, 76, of Apalachicola, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.

He was born March 12, 1942 in Alford.

Mr. Rowland was a member of First Assembly of God in Apalachicola, and retired from the Florida Department of Corrections. His favorite pastime was overseeing his bee hives. He loved spending time with his family, friends and especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ruby Lee Rowland; and two sisters, Gayvonne and Sue.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 57 years, Louise Rowland; daughters, Belinda Cassidy (Michael) and Amy Hersey (Matthew); sons, Jeff Rowland, Chet Rowland (Rosie), Victor Rowland (Lisa); grandchildren, Levi Bilbo, Bobby Switzer, Jackie Smith, Katelyn Rowland, Austin Rowland, Michaela Cassidy, Cody Cassidy, Leslie Rowland, Lauren Conway, Caleb Cassidy, Emma Rowland, C.J. Conway, Will Rowland, Keaton Hersey and Reese Hersey; four great-grandchildren, Khayden and Collin Smith, and R.J. and Landon Switzer; sister, Ellen Hughes; brother, Mike Rowland (Christal); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at First Assembly of God, Apalachicola. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at First Assembly of God, Apalachicola with Rev. Gwinelle Wilson and Rev. Eddie Causey officiating. Interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery.

To extend condolences, please visit www.heritagefhllc.com