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NEW PROSPECT, SC-- The tractor is in the shed. The sawdust has settled. It's time to go home. Ira Wayne McDowell finished his work on December 12, 2012 and went home to see his Lord and Savior, Jesus.
Wayne was born April 18, 1943 to Lamar and Almina McDowell. He was the youngest of six children: Joe (who wed Ruby), Carl (deceased), Elsie (who wed Junior Poteat), Lucile (who wed the late James Terry), and Larry (who wed Naomi). He also had numerous nieces and nephews, each special to him in their own way. He was born, was raised and lived his entire life in New Prospect, never living more than a mile from his birthplace.
On June 4, 1966 Wayne married his sweetheart, Peggy Satterfield McDowell with whom he shared the next 46 years. Together Wayne and Peggy raised their only son, Joseph Wayne (Joey) McDowell. On Wayne and Peggy's 28th anniversary, Joey gave them a daughter through marriage, Julie Medley McDowell. The absolute joys of Wayne's life have been his grandson Joseph Micayne and granddaughter Michal Joye. He loved them more than anyone could ever express, and they adored him equally. He was happiest when the kids would come to MaMc and Papa's house and climb up into his lap. He also loved it when they would bring along his grand-dog, Tucker Kubota McDowell.
In addition to his family, Wayne had many friends over the years. Some friends were at Mohawk Industries, most often referred to as Landrum Mills, where he worked for 42 years-for most of those, as a carpet inspector. He was proud of the work he did: inspecting carpets destined for The Statue of Liberty, Air Force One, and the White House. He also had some dear friends at New Prospect Baptist Church where he was a member for many years. He served faithfully on the building and grounds committee and also as a church bus driver taking the youth and senior adults on many outings. He also enjoyed serving with the Senior Adult Ministry, The JOY Club. He was bus driver and chaperone for this fun loving group for many years before he'd had enough birthdays to join as a member.
Wayne worked hard, whether it was at his job, at his church, on the family farm or helping out a neighbor. He even worked hard at his hobbies. He loved to build things especially out of wood. He took great joy in making furniture for friends and family--bookcases, toy chests, a cradle for his grandchildren. He spent much of his retirement working on the farm, tending to his pets Molly and Jack, and restoring his Farmall Super A and Ford 2000 tractors.
A celebration of Wayne's life will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at New Prospect Baptist Church, 9321 Highway Nine, Inman, SC. The family will greet friends before the service from 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm in the sanctuary. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Those wanting to share your love for Wayne and his family in a tangible way may make donations to Papa's Hands, c/o The JOY Club, 9321 Highway Nine, Inman, SC 29349. Floral expressions will also be welcomed.
Wayne, Daddy, Papa, we love you. We'll see you in heaven.
Eggers Funeral Home
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, 2012