Buna Mae “Boots” Rowland, age 86, of Athens, Tennessee, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on October 10th, 2017, while a patient at a Chattanooga, TN hospital.

Boots was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, Tennessee, and devoted her life to serving her family, friends, and neighbors. She dedicated her life to following the teachings of Jesus Christ and had a positive influence on many lives by her living example and prayer life. Her life of service to others was evident to all who came in contact with her.

She was the daughter of the late Julian Heath, Sr. and Beulah (Runyon) Pettitt, and was preceded in death by a son, Vic E. Rowland, and brothers, Billy Gene and Julian Heath Pettitt, Jr.

Survivors include one son Phil Rowland, and wife Cathey of Chattanooga, TN; two sisters, Blanche McKinney of Chattanooga, TN and Judy King and husband Jerry of Athens, TN; granddaughter, Erin Rowland and special friend, Brian Carlin of Knoxville, TN; grandson, Dusty Rowland, and wife Sheena of Chattanooga, TN, along with great granddaughters: Presley, Kensley, and Trystan Rowland of Chattanooga, along with several nieces and nephews. 

Boots was a lifelong Baptist and in the latter years of her life she was attending Outpost Mission Church in Sweetwater, TN where several of her relatives attend.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, October 12th, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs funeral home in Athens, TN.

Funeral services will follow at 7:00 PM in the chapel at the funeral home with the Reverend Ken Clark officiating.

Interment will be at 11 AM on Friday at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Athens. Pallbearers will be Dusty Rowland, Roger Burton, Rob McKinney, Keath McKinney, Cade McKeehan, and Brian Carlin.

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