James Edward McDowell
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February 16, 1934 - April 11, 2013
James McDowell was born in University, Georgia to Jake McDowell and Jeanie Johnson. He was raised by his Uncle Jay and Aunt Beulah McDowell in Reidsville, Georgia. He entered the Navy in 1952 served on the USS Saint Paul for ten years. When stationed in Long Beach, James would come to San Pedro on leave where he met his wife Lonie McDowell of 58 years. After leaving the Navy he made San Pedro, CA his permanent residence. He had numerous jobs to support his family, worked as a custodian for Barton Hill Elementary, and a substitute teacher for Compton School District. James entered the US Postal Service as a Letter Carrier where he retired after 27 years in 1992. He worked for Ego Guard Services as a security guard supervisor, over American Presidential Line Trucking Co. James was a Devoted Catholic, usher at St. Peter's Catholic Church, member of The Knights of Columbus, and Sacred Heart of Jesus for many years. James was a loving husband to Lonie, a wonderful and loving father to seven children, Sheryn McDowell, Paulette McDowell, Dwayne (Theresa) McDowell, Lucy McDowell, Marilyn (Eric) Coley, Francesca (Ken) Turner, and Desiree (Dwight) Sankey. He was an amazing grandfather to 19 wonderful grandchildren and was also a great -papa to 19 plus great grandchildren. He also leaves behind sister, Mary Brooks; brothers, Cornell Jackson, Jake Jr. and Cornelius McDowell. As well as many friends and children he adopted into the family. After battling with cancer for 14 years, he passed away Thursday afternoon in the comfort of his family at home. He is now at peace with our Lord. The viewing will be held at McNerney's Mortuary in San Pedro on Wednesday, from 1-5 p.m. Following is the Rosary at Mary Star of the Sea at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, April 25 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church followed by interment at All Souls Cemetery. Donations can be made to the
in honor of James Edward McDowell. Please sign the guestbook a mcnerneysmortuary.com and dailybreeze.com.
Published in Daily Breeze on Apr. 20, 2013