WAYCROSS — Mrs. Iris Jean Rowell, 85 of Waycross, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, October 5, 2020, at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., following an extended illness. Mrs. Rowell was born in Waycross to the late Herbert Bradley Purvis and Ernestine Barnhill Purvis. She attended Waycross High School and was a member of Second Baptist Church. Some of her hobbies include traveling, cooking, dancing, listening to music, and reading. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rowell was also preceded in death by her husband, Herbert “Hub” Rowell; three sisters, Helen Hires Monk, Carolyn Purvis Day, and Faye Purvis McCrae. Mrs. Rowell is survived by seven children, Eli Bennett of Waycross, Bradley Rowell, Sr. (Darciele) of Blackshear, Teresa Rowell Vaughn (Lewis) of Brewton, Ala., Randall Rowell (Glenda) of Blackshear, Iris Rowell Collins (Wayne) of Claxton, Keith Rowell of Waynesville, and Nine Rowell Brantley (Perry) of Jesup; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Virginia Hendrix of Douglas, Betty Dees of Douglas, Christine Harper of Waycross; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Saturday, October 10, 2020, at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. Members of the Ida Ruth Sunday School Class of Second Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations made in her honor to Second Baptist Church, 301 Tomberlin Rd., Waycross, GA 31503. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com Music Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.