Prayer Warrior, Devoted Wife, Loving Mother, and Beloved Southern Gospel Song Writer, Author, and Speaker, Kyla Faye Rowland, fought a good fight, finished her course, and kept the faith: henceforth, there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give her at that day: and not to her only, but unto all them also that love His appearing. Oh, how she loved His appearing! Her wick was trimmed and burning. Her lamp was filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit, and when the Bridegroom passed by, she was ready to go with Him.
She’d been ready since she was 9 years old and gave her heart to the Lord while her Daddy was preaching. Her mother instilled in her the importance of prayer and faith, as well as the understanding that they go together and are inseparable. The foundation her parents built set the stage for the life she devoted to ministry, not just ministering through the 2000 + songs she’s written, but the ministry of prayer as well. She carried a burden to be on her knees praying for those in need, especially mothers whose children were in trouble, but she emphasized the importance of women getting into the closet of prayer and spending time talking to God like He can and will do something about it. She recognized that the sainted Prayer Warriors of the church were going Home, and few coming along behind them to carry on the work. When her own precious mother went home to be with the Lord, the Lord told her, “I’m giving you your Mother’s mantle.” Her mother, though homebound for many years, carried on the ministry of praying for the Man of God. Kyla took up that mantle and prayed for God’s Man faithfully.
In times when her faith was attacked, she would cover her Bible with a cloth, literally stand on it, and proclaim to the enemy that she was going to stand right there on the Word of God, and he would not, could not win! She fought him with her prayers. She fought him every time she spoke at a ladies’ meeting or hosted Women’s Mountain Retreat and taught the women of God to become women of prayer. She fought every mile she travelled to sing and teach even when weak or sick in body. Equipped with her Sword and Shield and the ability to get a prayer through, she stood in the gap time and time again for mothers with prodigal children, sick family members, broken relationships, and of course, the many Pastors, Preachers, & Evangelists for whom she prayed on a regular basis. A true Soldier of the cross in every sense of the word, and though her casket may not be draped in the flag of her true Home, that City not made by hands, make no mistake: she is covered by the blood-stained banner of the cross of Jesus Christ. She’s heard those precious words: “Well Done, Good & Faithful Servant.”
To honor her memory, continue the fight. Pick up the mantle and pray. Pray because your family needs it. Pray because God’s Man needs it. Pray because your church needs it. Pray because God is well able to meet every need above all we can ask or think. As Kyla wrote, “When you don’t feel like praying, pray. When you think you just can’t get through, pray!”
Survived by: Husband, Bob Mullins. Children – Son, Barry Rowland (Tammy) and Daughter, Allyson Kinard (Chuck). Grandchildren – Holly Rowland, Nelson Rowland, Abby Barrett (Blake), Jenny Kinard, and Isabella Kinard. Great Grandchildren – Danny, Christopher, Andrew, & Lyla. Brother, Ron Martin (Aquilla).
Preceded in death by Parents, Kyle and Eulalia Faye Goins Martin.
Funeral Services will begin at 12:30 PM Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Indiana Ave. Baptist Church, 604 S. Indiana Ave., LaFollette, Tn 37766. There will be no visitation. Private Interment.
Cross-Smith Funeral Home, LaFollette, Tn