From The Rural Journalism Blog
To some, the simultaneous roles of rural newspaper editor and church pastor might seem incompatible, but some have done it successfully. Last week, Central Kentucky said goodbye to another who did: Larry Rowell.
Rowell, 63, died of pancreatic cancer Jan. 25. He had been editor of The Casey County News in Liberty, interim editor of the Greensburg Record-Herald, and between those towns, pastor of Beech Grove Baptist Church in Black Gnat and minister of education at Campbellsville Baptist Church. He had a master’s degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a journalism degree from Western Kentucky University and a criminal-justice degree from Valdosta State College in his native Georgia. He and his wife Edwina, who survives him, had been missionaries in West Africa.
Larry was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Recorder, the publication arm of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
“Larry came loaded for bear when he started working for The Casey County News,” a Landmark Community Newspapers weekly, as staff writer, columnist Joberta Wells wrote. “It would be safe to say that he knew half the citizens of the county, and they knew him, before he had been here two or three months. He got involved in every activity held, not just because he was a writer and the editor of the paper. He was genuinely interested in the people of this county and made friends wherever he went.”