Rufus Lowell Dowdey

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In the early morning hours of December 7, 2015 at his home and with family near, Rufus Lowell Dowdey, 88, of Eastaboga, passed from a gentle sleep to eternal life. He died from the most desired of all illness, Old Age. He prepared his family days ahead gently reminding them that all must die and finally it was his time. He instructed them to rejoice in the knowledge that as a disciple of Christ a place had been prepared for him where no pain or tears occurred. He looked forward to rejoicing with the saints and wished we all join him singing songs of praise and glory to God. Lowell was the oldest son of Rufus Larimore Dowdey of Munford and Lyda Hollingsworth Dowdey of Dry Valley. He was born in Dearborn, Michigan during a time when many left their homes and went north to find work only to return a few years later. He was a child of the Depression. He once said of his parents, their faith took them north and grace returned them home. It was their faith that surrounded him, grounded him and prepared him to live and share his life in Christ. In his youth he attended the Munford Church of Christ and had the opportunity to hear and learn from many of the Gospel preachers that worked tirelessly to share the Word across Alabama. His world was filled with Tent Meetings and all day singings and chores that today seem as foreign as the internet would have been in the 1930's. He was a great student of many things. His reading shelf held a variety of technical manuals, issues of Progressive Farmer, Popular Mechanic, the Gospel Advocate, Model Railroader and well-worn biblical references and sermons. He shared his talents and knowledge freely with everyone. He graduated high school from Munford with expectations of becoming a doctor and marrying his sweetheart. His wish was granted for one, the most important one he would say, when he married Mabel Virginia Holmes of Munford. She was the perfect balance and together they accomplished many things. For if there was work to be done or fun to be made they were there together. He leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Mabel Holmes Dowdey; his two daughters and their husbands, Alicia Dowdey Forbus (Brian) and Teresa Dowdey Scarpulla (Pete); his grandson, Trey M. Forbus and his fiancé, Heather Townsend and her son, Shane; a nephew, Joe Wayne Dowdey, the son of his only brother Harold C. Dowdey and Martha H. Dowdey; great-nephews, Ian Dowdey and Nick Dowdey, with their mother, Lisa Scaggs Dowdey; brothers-in-law, Walter C. Holmes, Hollis Smith and Edward Parsons; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Holmes and Gladys Holmes; many Dowdey, Hollingsworth and Holmes nieces, nephews and cousins. His passing also leaves the small group of 1946 Munford High School graduates that have a Reunion every month at Jacks and the group of workers with 40+ years of service at the Anniston Ordinance Depot now even smaller. At the Betta View Hills Church of Christ there is an open pew which Lowell encourages anyone wanting the life as a child of God to find that open seat. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel in Golden Springs at 1 p.m. with burial following at Forestlawn Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour at the funeral home. The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the Benevolence Fund at Betta View Hills Church of Christ, 2140 Highway 78 W, Oxford, AL 36203. Online condolences may be made to the family at K.L. Brown Memory Chapel 620 Golden Springs Road Anniston, AL 36207 256-231-2334
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Anniston, AL 36207
(256) 231-2334
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Published in The Anniston Star on Dec. 10, 2015