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Dorothy Mae Persinger Rowsey

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Persinger Rowsey of Nathalie died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 22, 1938 in Alleghany County. She was the daughter of the late Stanley Edward Persinger and Nancy Elizabeth Bailey Persinger and was married to Leslie Allen Rowsey Sr.

Dot was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved God, her family and children of all ages. She was a living reflection of God’s love and a shining example of forgiveness. We will miss her smile, her song and her laughter.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three daughters, Debra Kay Anderson of Nathalie, Delores R. Davis and husband J.T. of Nathalie and Karen R. Knicely and husband Dale of Fredericksburg; two sons, L. Allen Rowsey Jr. and wife Lori of Dumfries and Christopher S. Rowsey and wife Tina of Harrisonburg; 18 grandchildren, Rachel Rowsey, A.J. Davis, Brandon Rowsey, Austin Rowsey, Anna Davis, Josh Kussmann, Ariana Anderson, Briana Anderson, Dylan Rowsey, Maggie Knicely, Erik Knicely, Malena Russett, Ryan Knicely, Hannah Knicely, Justin Knicely, Sarah Knicely, Lilah Rowsey and Jeremiah Knicely; four great-grandchildren, Noah Rowsey, Ella Roadfeldt, Karsyn Kussmann and Hazel King; two sisters, Martha Ella Carter of Covington and Nancy Carol Hubbard and husband Ben of Covington; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Mrs. Rowsey will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Rowsey Family Cemetery with the Rev. Ted Fortenberry officiating.

The family will receive friends at the home.

In lieu of flowers consider Halifax Regional Hospice, 2204 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592.

The family appreciates all the caregiving and understanding by Halifax Regional Hospice and especially Ms. Crews.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.