Mansfield - Wayne McDowell, 78, passed this life on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at his home.
Mr. McDowell was born on Monday, July 13, 1942 to the late Leon Lafayette and Agnes Elizabeth (Jefferson) McDowell in Mansfield and was a life resident. Wayne was a member of the Mansfield Senior High School graduating class of 1960. After several years of working Wayne decided it was time for him to pursue a career and the way to do that was to become a college student in 1962 while working a full time job. He commuted to The Ohio State University and University of Akron receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in labor economics in 1969 and received a Master of Arts Degree in adult education in 1972 both degrees from OSU. In 1967 Wayne became employed as a teacher at the Ohio State Reformatory retiring in 2000 after 33 years of service from what is now known as MANCI. Wayne's retirement made him the first person to teach 30 years within the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation's Ohio Central School System.
Wayne was an instrumental Life Member of the NAACP, Counsel for Human Dignity at the Ohio State Reformatory on behalf of the NAACP, Civil Rights Advocate, and a member of the Ambassodors For Christ Church where he served as a Deacon. He fought to help put an end to racial, and sexual discrimination in the penal and civil community of Mansfield. Wayne's last act as a freedom fighter was helping to create the Code of Conduct Agreement between the Black and Brown Community and the Mansfield Police Department.
Wayne is survived by his 2 children: A. Dante' and Tamara D. McDowell, Cleveland, 3 brothers: Melvin (Dovie) McDowell, Akron, Wyatt (Sherry) McDowell, Douglasville, Georgia, and Harrison (Delores) McDowell, Mansfield, brother-in-law: Lawrence Parsons, and sister-in-law: Emily McDowell, Mansfield.
In addition to his parents Wayne was preceded in death by 6 siblings, Hazel Parsons, Doris, Calvin, Betty, John, and LeRoy McDowell.
Private funeral services will be held Friday, at 11:00 AM in the Providence Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Cobb officiating and Wayne's pastor Elder Scott Logan delivering the eulogy. Friends may call at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Mansfield Cemetery.
C-19 Protocol of facial coverings, social distancing, and attendance limits will be observed.
Friends are invited to leave words of encouragement, comfort or a memory at www.williamsfuneralservices.com