OBITUARY: Lina Ashley Rowland


Lina Ashley Rowland, 54, of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away on May 8, 2024, following a long, valiant battle with breast cancer.

Lina was born on June 16, 1969, in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

She attended Dyersburg High School and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1992. She was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Lina moved to Nashville after graduation and took a job with Herndon & Merry, a small but nationally renowned ornamental iron fabrication company. She later joined Sirrom Capital Corporation, where she worked until late 2001 in Sirrom’s downtown Nashville office.

Lina possessed a magnetic and engaging personality. She made and collected friends everywhere she went. She was incredibly giving and gracious with her time and energy and committed to a life of service as a volunteer for a number of charitable organizations. She served as President of the Nashville Girls Cotillion Club, and after marriage and the birth of her children, she continued to devote her time and significant energy to a number of other charitable ventures, including the Junior League of Nashville, Cheekwood, and the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition, where she served as a member of the Board of Directors.

She was an elite party planner, table setter, and floral arranger. She knew every word to every 80’s pop song. And she could dance. She loved her house and everyone who stepped inside it. Her infectious positivity was eclipsed only by her beautiful smile.

Lina was preceded in death by her parents, John Barret and Ina Claire Ashley, as well as a brother, Tarry.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, John, as well as her two children, Elizabeth Hayden (New York) and John Mitchell (Nashville), and her sisters, Mary Barret Farnsworth (Bob) and Tandy Tinkle (Eddie). She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Sara Rowland (Hinsdale, IL), her brother-in-law David Rowland (Jill) (Canton, OH), and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are pending.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition ( or the Nashville Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition (

The family wishes to thank the incredible group of doctors, nurses, and caregivers at the Vanderbilt University Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit, as well as Lina’s oncology team at the Vanderbilt Breast Center.


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