Father Of Drowning Victim Talks About His Loss

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Just days after his son drowned in a Powell County lake, Brian Rowland, Sr. wanted to remember his son, Brian Rowland Jr., by talking to 27 NEWSFIRST.

"He was just a great kid, he just had a spark about him and was able to make people laugh, like that," said Rowland, Sr.

15-year-old Brian Rowland, Jr. and his friend, 14-year-old Billy Eversole were found dead on a private lake in Clay City late Friday night, where the two had been fishing together. It's believed one of the teens fell into the water, while the other jumped in the water attempting to save him.

"It doesn't matter who tried to save who, they were best friends and that's what friends do, they risk their lives for each other," said Rowland, Sr.

Both boys were freshmen at Powell County High School. Brian Rowland, Jr. enjoyed racing, fishing, and basketball. His father says he was full of life.

"He had so much promise, we had so many dreams for him and his life was cut way to short," said Rowland, Sr.

While Rowland, Sr. says life without his only son seems unbearable, he knows he must go on.

"I can't give up, I have to put my left foot in front of my right, that's what Brian would of wanted," said Rowland, Sr.

Funeral Services for Brian Rowland, Jr. are Tuesday at 1 PM at Scobee Funeral Home in Winchester. He will be buried at Clarmont Memorial Gardens, also in Winchester.


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  • by h Location: clay city on Mar 27, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    I was just wondering.What would a young teen age boy be doing setting on a porch soak and wet.At the same time Billy and Brian was missing.Was he involved in some way.Was this really an accident.And if they were on a boat while fishing.Why was thier poles and bait on the bank.Seems to me you would put your poles and bait in first then get in the boat.
  • by LB Location: South Central KY on Mar 25, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    My heart goes out to the families of both young men. I pray God will provide them comfort in this time of need. The boys obviously knew what it was to love and care about others.
  • by Chester Location: Stanton on Mar 24, 2008 at 10:02 PM
    Billy and Brain was like the world to me i love them both and they love each other more than life. You really didn't see them not together so viewers if you will please pray for there family and friends. Thanks
  • by marissa Location: winchester on Mar 24, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    i have known brian since 4 th grade he is an amazing person he didnt deserve this but he will be loved and remebered by everyone he will always have a place in my heart ... and everyone who knew him. we love you brian your in a better place now Marissa
  • by mary Location: letcher on Mar 24, 2008 at 07:57 PM
    So sorry for your loss. God bless your family.

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