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Dr. Ed Oliver McDowell

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McDOWELL, Ed Oliver DR. ED OLIVER MCDOWELL Dr. Ed Oliver McDowell, of SW Atlanta, Retired Educator, passed away on November 3, 2012. He was a native of Gaffney, South Carolina. After receiving his high school diploma from Granard High School, he sojourned to Johnson C. Smith University where he received the B.A. Degree in French. His quest for knowledge and excellence led him to pursue further studies at San Jose State University and Cornell University. He received the Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Administration at the University of Georgia, Educational, Specialist Degree (Ed.S) from the University of Georgia and ultimately receiving the Degree of Doctor of Education from South Carolina State University. While Dr. McDowell's educational accomplishments are impressive, some of his most noteworthy achievements have been as a church and family man. He met and married the former Daisy Saxby while they were both teachers in Monticello, Georgia. To that union, two daughters were born: Dr. Letitia McDowell Mobley and Mrs. Sharon McDowell Adams. He made his mark at Saint Paul AME Church in Macon, Georgia for almost thirty years by serving as a dutiful steward, church secretary, chairperson of the Scholarship Committee, and singing in the Male and Gospel Choirs. After moving to Marion, South Carolina he continued his religious dedication at St. John AME Church as a member of the Steward Board and the Senior Choir. In 2002, he and his wife joined Cascade United Methodist Church where he served as a member of the Gospel Choir, Male Chorus, and Veteran's Ministry. His employment history is quite diverse. His first teaching job in Monticello, Georgia, was interrupted six weeks after his hire when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served his country with distinction for 2 years as a military policeman. After completion of his military duty, he returned to Monticello where he taught French and served as high school band director. In 1965, he moved to Macon, Georgia, where he climbed the educational ladder, serving as principal on the elementary, junior high, and high school levels, and as special assistant to the superintendent. In 1992 after receiving his Doctor of Education Degree, he accepted the principal position at Marion High School in Marion, South Carolina, where he served as the first African American principal for 5 years. He had many professional and civic affiliations and was a member of the Marion County Rotary Club. Those close to Dr. McDowell knew him as a avid fisherman, outdoorsman, and football enthusiast who had an infectious sense of humor. He often teased: "Ain't nothing short about me but my hair, and I'm trying to grow that!" He adored his family, especially his three grandchildren; he always put love of God and family first. He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving and devoted wife, Daisy Saxby McDowell; his 2 daughters, Dr. Letitia Mobley (Dr. Robert Mobley) and Mrs. Sharon Adams (Mr. Cory Adams); 3 grandchildren, Lauren Mobley, Erin Adams, and Javon Adams; sisters, Mrs. Naomi Beedles and Ms. Sarah McDowell; brothers, Dr. Herschel McDowell (Mrs. Dorothy McDowell), Mr. Bobby McDowell (Mrs. Ida McDowell); and a host of other relatives and friends. His Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Cascade United Methodist Church, 3144 Cascade Rd. SW. Rev. Dr. Marvin Moss, pastor. Instate 10 AM. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the church at 10:30 AM on the day of service. Interment Westview Cemetery. Today, public viewing will be held from 1 - 9 PM with Family Visitation from 5:30 - 7 PM at Murray Brothers Funeral Home, 1199 Utoy Springs Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA (404) 349-3000 www.mbfh.com.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Nov. 4 to Nov. 8, 2012
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