Julia Annette Rowan

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Julia Annette Rowan passed away into eternal peace at Hospice Atlanta on May 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 75.

Julia is survived by her husband, Robert B. Webb, of Horseshoe Beach, Florida; her son, Joseph Michael Loughran III (Trey); her daughter-in-law, Lee Latimer Loughran; and her three grandchildren who she adored, Joseph Michael Loughran IV, Katherine Armistead Loughran and Jordan Latimer Loughran, all of Atlanta Georgia; and her brother, William Rodgers Rowan III (Roddy) of Greenville, S.C..  She is preceded in death by her father, William Rodgers Rowan, Jr., her mother, Kathleen Annette Bailey Rowan, and her first husband Major Joseph Michael Loughran Jr.

Julia was born on February 10, 1943 in Charleston, S.C. She graduated from St. Andrews High School and the University of S.C. in 1965 with a degree in Political Science. She married Joseph Michael Loughran Jr. of Greenwich CT, in 1966, while he was serving in the United States Marine Corps in Charleston. In November 1967 they had a son, Joseph Michael Loughran III (“Trey”).   Six months later in May 1968 Major Loughran was killed in action while leading a platoon in Vietnam.  In 1992, she married her wonderful final partner in life, Bob Webb.  Bob and Julia had wonderful times traveling to places like Greece, Asia, and Europe, fishing and scalloping in Horseshoe Beach, cheering on their Gamecocks, and visiting a few casinos from time to time (never winning or losing too much).  These years provided a peaceful and supportive foundation as she increasingly grappled with the debilitating effects of her COPD.  Ultimately this became too much for her to bear, and in 2016 she moved to Atlanta to the Lenbrook where she spent her last days, close to her son and his family.

Julia would most want to be remembered as the best mother and friend anyone could want.  She took amazing pride in single handedly raising her son Trey, who never met his father and always relied on her as mother, father and best friend.  She was a mother that could always be counted on for anything, zealously protecting her son and always wanting life to be perfect for him.  They were a team, taking on the challenges of life together.  She was willing to sacrifice anything for him, and her pride of life was his accomplishments.  She opened the world to him that gave him the self-confidence and support to let him know he could accomplish anything, while still having a lot of fun in life.

Julia was also a wonderful, selfless friend with a zest for life.  She was a true friend to everyone, always showing compassion and reaching out to help those in need, although she often showed a streak of mischief and was known for her practical jokes.  We will always remember her love of dancing, be it shagging on the beach in bare feet or participating on a clogging team.  She was an avid sports fan, and especially loved her USC Gamecocks and talking sports and getting betting advice from her grandson Joe.  She was a devoted and passionate member of her community, serving on the S.C. state board of the American Cancer Society, an emergency responder for the American Red Cross, and active in AIDS care efforts. In her later years, she found great enjoyment in her time with Bob and their great friends in Horseshoe Beach.

A celebration of Julia’s life will be held at a time and place to be determined to include as many friends as possible.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Be the Match, www.bethematch.org, in honor of her grandson Jordan’s battle against cancer and to help so many others fighting cancer. The family would like to thank all our friends and family for their support, and the staff at the Lenbrook and Hospice Atlanta for their care and support.  Condolences can be left at www.GeorgiaFuneralCare.com

5 Comments To "Julia Annette Rowan"

Bud and Carol Porter On May 28 2018 at 9pm
Julia was such a delight to know. Bob and Julia moved to Horseshoe Beach and were instantly involved in all that was going on. Julia's laugh and smile were always present and I don't think she knew a stranger. We will miss our dinner trips to Steinhatchee and the Friday night get-togethers. And who else would be clever enough to take a boring electrical panel cover standing out like a sore thumb in a hallway and paint it with love and talent to turn it into what looked like a nice picture? Rest in peace and comfort, Julia, and keep on dancing in Heaven. Reply to this comment
Wilma Martin Householder On May 28 2018 at 1am
So sorry to hear of Julia's passing. I attended St. Andrews High and graduated with your mom. I remember her zest for life. Prayers for your family. Reply to this comment
Chilian family On May 26 2018 at 7pm
To the family, We are sincerely sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a loved one under any circumstance. Please be assured that Jehovah God is aware of your pain and he is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). The bible promises us that there will be a resurrection (John 5:28, 29) and that God will bring an end to death once and for all (Revelation 21:4). From that point on we will never have to feel the pangs of death again. We pray these words and scriptures are able to bring you some comfort. Reply to this comment
The Latimer On May 26 2018 at 7pm
Dear Loughran family-Our love and prayers are with you all. Her legacy lives on through the importance that she showed her family and the way in which Trey has carried those lessons forward to his three fabulous kids. Reply to this comment
Becky and Ed Riggs On May 25 2018 at 5pm
Trey, Ed and I are so very sorry to hear of your moms's passing. We all loved her genuine personality and fun nature. She touched the lives of all the Riggs family for many years. We all thought of her as one on the family! P!ease keep us informed of her service as we all want to be there to support you. We lost Tommy last year and Poppy in March so they are all dancing in heaven together! Send me an email with the plans for a celebration of her life (rtrigg s@comcast.net). Our love and prayers are with you all. Becky and Ed Reply to this comment
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