Charles Penn McDowell
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SHREVEPORT, LA - Charles Penn McDowell, 71, "Charlie Mac", "Pops", lost his earthly battle with cancer on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at his residence in Shreveport, LA. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church. Officiating will be Pastor Rick Edmonds and assisted by Lt. Col. Lance McDowell U.S.A.F. and Pastor Chris Young. Interment will follow in the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville, LA. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Rose Neath's Southside Funeral Home.
Charlie Mac was born on September 1, 1941 in Springhill Louisiana. He graduated from Northwestern State University in 1963 with a degree in business administration. Upon graduation from college he was drafted into the United States Army. He served his country proudly from 1963 to 1965 as a member of the Big Red ONE, located in Fort Riley, Kansas. After his service in the military he began his career at Western Electric, transitioned to AT&T and eventually retired from Lucent Technologies.
Charlie Mac was preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles Felder and Penny Mae McDowell, brother-in-law Donald Sessions, and son-in-law George Arnold. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dixie Lee Fisher McDowell; his children, Charles Lance McDowell and his wife, Mary Beth, Penny McDowell Bagwell and William Chad McDowell and his wife, Jennifer; his grandchildren, Lance and Mary Beth's children, Joshua, Jacob, Benjamin, Bethany Ann (deceased), Seth. Penny's children, Mallory McDowell, Lauren Arnold and Logan Arnold. Chad and Jennifer's children, Martin, Molly and Megan. He is also survived by his sister Karleen Sessions and her children Kent and Storey Sessions.
Sports was always a big part of Charlie Mac's life. From his time as an All-State guard on the basketball team at Spring Hill High School to his final days as the Pilots #1 fan, he loved ball. Also known as "Coach" Charlie Mac took great pleasure coaching his two sons youth teams in every sport.
Charlie Mac was a proud supporter of all three of his children's extracurricular activities at Southwood High School. He was a true "Southwood Cowboy" which was evident by the orange and blue truck that he drove for many years. He was especially proud that his oldest son went on to play quarterback at the United States Air Force Academy.
He has spent the last 16 years following his youngest son Chad's coaching career from C.E. Byrd to Southwood and especially LSUS. Charlie Mac lived Pilot basketball attending nearly all of their practices and never missing a game at "The Dock" or on the road. He would tell everyone his favorite part of retirement was that it allowed him to travel with his beloved Pilots and watch who he believed was the "number one coach in the universe."
Honoring him as pallbearers will be Joshua, Jacob, and Benjamin McDowell along with Travis Cash, Phil Shoemaker, John Bowman, and Bob Hoffman. Honorary pallbearers include former and current LSUS basketball players, coaches and others that were part of his LSUS Basketball Family.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church. The McDowell Family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Joseph's Hospice for their great love and care during his final days.
Published in Shreveport Times from Dec. 19 to Dec. 21, 2012