A going home celebration honoring the life of Inez West Dowden will be held at Prewitt's Chapel Baptist Church, Hornbeck, at noon on Saturday, November 12, 2016 with the Revs. Nick Hilton and Douglas Downs officiating.
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Visitation will begin on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Prewitt's Chapel Cemetery.
The oldest member of Prewitt's Chapel Church and life-long resident of Prewitt's Chapel Community, she attended school at Hornbeck High School and married Jiles Joseph Dowden on July 27, 1929.
Their union was blessed with a godly home and seven children. A loving, faithful wife and a wonderful mother and grandmother, Inez was a wonderful cook and enjoyed the family gathered around her dining table. Everyone always wanted a slice of her famous coconut cake.
After losing her husband at 50 years old, she chose to go to work outside her home. She was employed as a cafeteria cook at Plainview High School until its closing. Then she worked at Toro Hills for a number of years.
Later she was employed at USA Hospital at Fort Polk Department of Nursing Assistant until her retirement. She loved to attend the Hornbeck Senior Center with her lady friends and attend the basketball games at Hornbeck High School.
She was blessed to live alone in her home until 100 years of age. Inez then became a resident of Sabine Retirement and Rehab making many friends.
She loved her family and especially her birthday time when they all came home to celebrate her birthday.
She will be laid to rest beside her husband in the family plot at Prewitt's Chapel Cemetery.
Inez was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie West and Cora (Mitchell) West; step-mother, Jane (Funderburk) West; husband, Jiles Joseph Dowden; sons: James O. V. Baby Dowden, Bobby and Billy Dowden; step-son, Buck Dowden; grandsons: Eugene Dowden and Joseph Lynn Hyatt; daughters-in-law, Betty West and Frances (Sandel) Dowden; brothers-in-law, Ance Ellzey and the Rev. A.V. Bardwell; brothers: Debs, Charlie and M.C. West; sisters: Mina (West) KenKennon and Ila Mae (West) Davis.
She is survived by her sisters, Dorothy (West) Bardwell and Ruth (West) Ellzey; son, Charles Allen Dowden and wife Ann; daughters: Mablene (Dowden) Kelly and husband Bill, Joy (Dowden) Hyatt and husband Michael; daughter-in-law, Lucille (Sandel) Dowden; grandsons: Steven and Bobby Wayne Dowden and Jon Hyatt; granddaughters: Brenda (Dowden) Hilton, Rita (Dowden) Hilton, Angela (Dowden) Averitt, Tandy (Dowden) Killen, Sherril Woodward, Cindy Magio, Vicki Prichard, Shiela Gibson, Gayla Thaxton and Belinda Beverly; 24 great-grandchildren;33 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Honoring her as pallbearers: Bobby Wayne Dowden, Jon Hyatt, Jason Hilton, Jeremy Hilton, Larry Averitt, Will Berry and Kevin Killian.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Sabine Retirement and Rehab and staff and Dr. Jack Corley and staff.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Prewitt's Chapel Cemetery, P. O. Box 185, Hornbeck, LA 71439.
Published in Leesville Daily Leader from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, 2016