Founding member of the Monrovia Volunteer Fire Department to be laid to rest on Monday afternoon


MADISON COUNTY, Alabama – A founding member of a northern Alabama volunteer fire department will be laid to rest on Monday afternoon.

Monrovia Volunteer Fire Chief Kris West said Rowe Smith died on Friday August 6, surrounded by her family and members of the Monrovia Volunteer Fire Department.

West said Smith was leaving a legacy stretching back to a time before Monrovia Volunteer Fire was an official fire department.

“Rowe Smith is not only a founding and life member of the Monrovia Volunteer Fire Department, but also a pillar of the foundation you see today.

Rowe and his wife Joan, along with David Henderson, were instrumental in providing emergency medical services to the Madison County Volunteer Firefighters Association. Rowe held an active EMS license until his death. Rowe’s tireless commitment and dedication to the fire service and medical field is his lasting legacy. There are countless lives He has helped, saved, touched and the ripple effect never ends.

In my 17 years with Rowe as a mentor here in Monrovia Fire, I can honestly say that I am a better person to learn under his guidance. Rowe was the perfect example of God’s faithful servant.

From his witty commentary to his legendary high-pitched radio traffic filled with iconic WDRM country music playing in the background, he will surely be missed and I am forever grateful for his leadership and love.

Monrovia Volunteer Fire Chief Kris West

The funeral will be on Monday, August 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Spry Funeral Home (2411 Memorial Parkway NW, Huntsville), with a funeral service at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church (228 Mt. Zion Road, Huntsville).


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