Jonathan David Rowland, 26, of Albany, GA, died July 3, 2022 at Willson Hospice House. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. Reverend Josh Duckworth will officiate.
Jonathan was born in Albany, GA on June 15, 1996 with hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, seizures, and visual impairment. He lived in Albany all of his life. Even though he had limited mobility, Jonathan was very social and loved to be on the go. He strolled through the White House and the Biltmore House, had been on top of Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, and Chimney Rock in NC. He enjoyed many high-tech rides at Universal Studios, loved doing PT, bouncing on a therapy ball, and loved swimming in pools.
Every day Jonathan enjoyed watching a variety of DVDs, especially Alvin and the Chipmunks, Sid the Science Kid, Finding Nemo, and Paw Patrol. He loved pop and rock music including Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, and Keith Urban. In 2007, he received the Easter Seals Southern Georgia Youth Representative Award. Jonathan loved his special education teachers, therapists, and para teachers at Lee County Schools. He graduated from Lee County High School in 2018. Also in 2018, he won the Lee County School Field Day Wheelchair Race. Jonathan loved his private therapists, his neurosurgeon, physicians, nurses, and caregivers who worked with and took such great care of him throughout the years. The Albany ARC Adult Day Program brought him much joy and happiness. Jonathan was a member of Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his parents, David and Sue Rowland of Albany, GA, a sister, Julie (Jordan) Adams and a nephew, Banks Adams, all of Milledgeville, GA.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist Church. The funeral service will be at 11 am in the sanctuary.
Those desiring may make memorials in memory of Jonathan to Albany ARC of Southwest Georgia, 3005 Old Dawson Road, Albany, GA, 31721 or to the Lee County School System Special Education Department, P. O. Box 399. Leesburg, GA. 31763, Attention: Robin Giles.