One Monticello Life: Pete RoweJune 15th, 2008 by Joe Burgess
Mr. Pete is the father of 3 adult children; Vernon who works in the environmental field and lives in Pittsburgh, TX; Norman, who lives in Cabot, Retired from the Air Force after 20 years, and is employed in the computer field; and Sue, who lives here in Monticello, and is a former factory and health-care worker.
Pete Rowe was employed by Arkla gas, beginning as a serviceman, with meter reading responsibilities, and retiring 32 years later as district manager for the Dumas district.
He originally started with Arkla after working for the McGehee water dept for 3 years.
Mr. Pete was born and raised in McGehee, where he remained until 1976.
Mr. Rowe was in the 11th grade at McGehee, when he left school to join navy in 1944. He completed his educaiton after returning from military service.
He served in the U.S. Navy with 2 years active duty, where he served aboard the U.S.S Seagull, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After his active duty, he served 18 more years in theÂ Navy reserve.
In 1948, Pete married Mrs. Christine. TheyÂ were together for 52 years,Â until she passed away in 2000
Mr. Pete has beenÂ a member of Oak Grove Assembly of God Church since moving to Monticello in 1992.Â He is a former Deacon, and is involved in the church’s nursing home ministry.Â He also was a member of the Gideons for around 15 years.
In high school, Mr. Pete was an all district basketball player in Â 1943-44; and played trombone in aÂ small band during the war, called the Delta Swingsters.Â He also playedÂ football in high school.
Mr. Pete doesn’t have any pets, but has been known to play with Sue’s poodle, Honey.
Mr. Pete’s favorites include:
TV Show—Cosby and Andy Griffith
Song or hymn—He Hideth My Soul
Sports Team—St Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics
For Father Day, Vernon gave him 3 shirts and 2 pair of shoes, Norman came down and spent the night with him and took him out to a steak supper, and Joe and Sue gave himÂ 2 pair of pants, andÂ Father’sÂ DayÂ lunch at Lena’s.Â
The more time you spend around someone, the more you realize how good of a person that they really are, and the example that they set for their children and friends.
In the 15 years that Mr. Pete has been my father-in-law, he has set that good example.
Thanks, Pete Rowe, for all that you have done over the years, and for the example that you set for others to follow, and Happy Father’s Day..