January 18, 1966 ~ May 21, 2019

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Flat Rock, NC

It is with great sadness to announce the unexpected passing of Christopher Kendall Rowden at Advent Health on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

He was born January 18, 1966 in Asheville and was a resident of Flat Rock. He was a graduate of Warren Wilson College and was associated with Carolina Landscapes.

He is survived by his parents, Joe and Joyce Almon Rowden of Fletcher; sister, Missy Lindsey of Asheville, and his companion Rebecca Burnette of Flat Rock.

He was a loving and devoted son, brother and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him..

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with burial to follow at Green Hills Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (stjude.org) or to Eliada Homes (Eliada.org).


Funeral Service: May 24, 2019 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Visitation: May 24, 2019 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806



Green Hills Cemetery
25 New Leicester Hwy.
Asheville, NC 28806

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. We had a lot of good times together and have a lot of good memories. Ken will be dearly missed.

  2. So sorry that Kenny left us to soon. I wish for his family and those who loved him my heartfelt sympathy.

  3. So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful guy and always had a sweet smile and made me laugh. Payers fir everyone.
    Andrea Richardson

  4. Heartfelt Love and Prayers for my Nephew ‘s Family . Christopher Kendall Rowden . The “Why ” of so many things is known only to the Heart of God . But I can fully attest to the fact that if we will call on God to help us through this sad time , he will never leave us … Loved my nephew Kenny … Aunt Marilyn Rowden Athens , TN

  5. I am so sorry about Ken’s passing. He was friends with my parents (Billy and Martha) for many. I know that he will be dearly missed. I will say a prayer for your family for peace during this difficult time. May God be with you.
    Love, Debra

  6. To Ken’s parents, family, and close friends on behalf of the Warren Wilson College Alumni Association and Warren Wilson College, we share your grief and loss. Kenny as most of his college friends knew him always remember the fun shared, especially playing on the Wilson baseball team. His enthusiasm and hard work both in the classroom and on the athletic field created lifelong friendships and good memories. I/we send our sincere heartfelt condolences. May he rest in peace! We will hold you all up in the light.

  7. Rebecca and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss!! Always a smile on his face and he had such a kind heart!! He will truly be missed by everyone in the neighborhood!! Prayers for comfort and grace!!

  8. The children, board, and staff of Eliada were saddened to hear of Christopher’s passing. We are deeply grateful to the family for including Eliada in the memorials. Please know that we are holding Christopher’s friends, family, and loved ones in love and light.

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Kenny was a great friend.I had a lot of great memories with him.He is going to be missed.

  10. This news truly hurts and we offer prayers and healing to his family and Rebecca. Kenny was a lovable, funny guy who always made you smile. We will never forget his surprise trip to Florida to visit with us and the great times Rick and he had at WWC. To Joe- Rick will cherish the memory of sitting with you and Kenny in your living room watching Jack Nicklaus win the 1986 Masters. God bless you all.
    Rick and Kim Stanley

  11. My condolences and prayers to the Rowden family. Kenny was like a brother to me growing up in Bent Creek. I was lucky to have him as a friend through the early years.

  12. So sad to hear that my brother has passed. We loved Kenny, and the world has lost a good one. Foot / sock is what we used to say to each other, on double plays. He was my shortstop at Warren Wilson College, and I played second base. Our prayers are with you.

  13. Kenny was like a brother to me at Warren Wilson. We had some great times and there was always laughter when he was around. My condolences and prayers to his family. RIP my friend.

  14. Joyce, Joe, and Missy,
    My sincere condolences to you all. Though it has been far too many years, I remember you all with great fondness. I still have a family picture in which Kenny is wearing my dad’s airline hat. All of you had come to visit in Wilmington. May God bless you and give you peace and comfort.
    Nancy Almon

  15. So sorry to hear of the loss of my dear friend. Our friendship spanned beyond coach and player on the baseball field to friends and coworkers post college. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

  16. You were such a good friend to me as we went through school together. We had lots of good times playing as kids in our neighborhood. I was saddened to here about your passing.
    I will keep your family in my prayers.
    May you rest in peace my friend.

  17. Missy and family,
    Very sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. I really only remember him as your younger brother whom we referred to as little Kenny. Sure hated to hear the news about his passing. You will be in our prayers! We love you all!

  18. Missy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. May God bless each of you and give you the strength to endure your loss.

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