Anthony Rowton, 75, of Rector, passed away on Aug. 24, 2021. He was born to the late John and Louise Layer Rowton on February 7, 1946. He was raised southeast of Rector in the Leonard community.
Anthony graduated from Rector High in 1963 and Arkansas State University in 1967. In 1968 he went to work for Jaymar-Ruby Inc. in the Rector Sportswear plant in Rector. From 1970-1973 he traveled between the six plants Jaymar inspected. In the plant in Anniston, Ala., he met his future wife Sue. In 1973 he was named Plant Manager of the Rector plant. He remained in this position until the plant closed in 2006. Anthony served on several boards and committees including the Black River Technical College Board of Trustees for seven years. He also served on the Rector Industrial Development Committee and Rector Airport Committee. From 2000 until his death he worked with the Woodland Heights Cemetery Committee working with the Labor Day Picnic.
Anthony was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Jesse Stafford.
He is survived by his wife Sue; his children: Angela (Gary) Loveless of Rector, Holly Rowton and Lee (Mellany) Rowton of Little Rock; four grandchildren: Elizabeth and Josh Loveless of Rector, and Matthew and Nathan Rowton of Little Rock; and one great-grandchild: Athena Goetz of Rector. He is also survived by his sister, Sandra Stafford of Jonesboro.
Visitation was held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Irby-Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector. Funeral Services were private. Burial was at Woodland Heights Cemetery, with Irby-Mitchell Funeral Home of Rector in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Woodland Heights Cemetery.