Claxon Dowell

Claxon Dowell

Galax, VA - Claxton V. Dowell age 93, of Galax, Virginia passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 at his home.

He was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to the late Charles and Ida Dowell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Emily, and his first wife, Drema, the mother of his daughters, and special friend Myrtle Parks.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He lived 30+ years in Portsmouth, Virginia where he retired from the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. The call of the mountains drew him to Galax where he lived for 35 years, chopping wood and making crafts with Emily.

He is survived by his three daughters: Sue Dorson, Ann Cerza, Paige Spruill, and their husbands John, James and Frank. He leaves six grandchildren Pete Dorson (Robin), Jamie Wigginton (George), Brian Cerza (Charlene), Jimmy Cerza (Janet), Carlie Spruill, Chase Spruill and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Charles, sister- in-law, Mae, and step-daughter Sherry Stilley; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Vaughan-Guynn Chapel with the Rev. Robert Adams officiating. Burial will be private. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the Pipers Gap Rescue Squad.

Claxton was a devoted husband, a selfless father, a helpful neighbor, a loyal Patriot, and a man of faith. "Well done, good and faithful servant"

Special thanks to Pat Davis, Dr. Lazo, Tim and Debbie Marshall, and all the wonderful people who took such great care of Claxton.

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Funeral Home

Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home - Galax
201 West Center Street Galax, VA 24333

Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 1, 2014