Family remembers local music legend, killed in crash

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – A local music legend is being remembered as a devoted family man who loved country music.

92-year old Edwin "Peck" Rowell died Wednesday, after the truck he was riding in was hit head on when an 18 year old driver veered into the oncoming lane of traffic, along Shug Jordan Parkway in Auburn.

After WWI, Rowell left the Air Force and formed The Covered Wagon Boys.

Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and George Jones are just a few of the stars who performed at Rowell's Blue Creek Reservation Center at Lake Martin.

Rowell launched the careers of several country stars and was recognized by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

He adored his wife, Carolyn. They raised their family, two sons and a daughter, in Loachapoka and were married for 59 years before she passed away from cancer.

In his memoir, Rowell called Carolyn, "The greatest thing that ever happened to me in my life."

Wednesday, Rowell was killed in a car accident along Shug Jordan Parkway. He was 92 years old.

"We are going to do a complete and thorough investigation into the driver and the contributing factors, if there were any influences or distractions so we are doing a complete and thorough investigation," Capt. Lorenzo Dorsey stated, Auburn Police Department.

Meanwhile, services for Rowell will be held Saturday Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika. The country music legend will be greatly missed.

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