TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Victor "Wade" Rowe, VQ-4
January 7, 1959 – July 13, 2020
Victor was born in Wilmington, NC and lived his younger years in the New Bern area. He graduated from Jones Senior High School in Jones County, and then entered the US Navy shortly after graduation, even though he couldn't swim. He very much believed that anyone could do almost anything, if they put their mind to it, and so, that was how he began his military career. His first assignment was to Navy Aircrewman school, learning to eventually become the Airborne Communications Supervisor as an E-4, Third Class Petty Officer. He was only the second E-4 in the history of that squadron to ever qualify as an ACS. Continuing with his successes, he advanced to E-7, Chief Petty Officer, in a short 10 years. During the course of his Naval career, he became a formal Naval instructor; and then later in his career, Victor worked for a major defense contractor, beginning as a Training Analyst, Logistics Analyst, and finally he Logistics Support Manager overseeing major defense contracts. Victor retired with more than 20 years of service in the US Navy as a proud patriot with an honorable discharge. In addition to his service, Victor had a passion for writing fictional books, and became a published author. Victor loved God, his family, and his country, and his time on this earth.
Victor was preceded in death by his parents, Linda Slaughter Rowe, and J. "Vance" Rowe of Pollocksville, NC.
He is survived by his fiancé', Tracy Herring of New Bern. In addition, he is survived by his two children, daughter, Misty Boyd and husband Max, and their child Gavin of Edmond, Oklahoma; and Victor's son, Joshua Rowe, of Garland, Texas. His siblings include one sister, Denise Sweat of Greenville, SC; and one brother, Joseph Vance Rowe, Jr. and wife Karen of New Bern, NC. He is also survived by two nephews, Reid Duncan, Jr. and wife Julie of New Bern, NC; and Steven Sweat and his wife Ashlyn, and children, Brianna, Sadie, and Amber of Easley, SC.
His funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Cotten Funeral Home chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Oak Grove Cemetery in Pollocksville, NC.
TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to Victor "Wade" Rowe's family and friends during this time of the passing.