Lester McDowell
1951 - 2021
McDowell Funeral Home
1104 Chestnut Street
Waco, TX
Lester McDowell

August 15, 1951 - January 7, 2021

Mr. Lester McDowell, owner and Mortician of McDowell Funeral Homes, L.L.C. transitioned peacefully, quietly, and with great dignity into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, at McDowell Funeral Home. Omega Service will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, at McDowell Funeral Home. The Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 14, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1401 Washington Ave, Waco, Texas. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

His legacy will continue on through the survivors of his life: his dedicated wife, Lois J. McDowell; daughters, Madelyn O. McDowell-Butler (Steven) and Andrea J. McDowell; grandsons, Cedarian E.L. McDowell, Sterling B. Butler, Sullivan B. Butler, Brenton J. Thomas and Ayden J.Thomas and a host of other relatives and friends. Limited Seating, Social Distancing and Mask Required.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Lester McDowell Leadership Scholarship, PO Box 154117 Waco, Texas 76715.

Published by Waco Tribune-Herald on Jan. 13, 2021.
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McDowell Funeral Home
1104 Chestnut Street, Waco, TX
McDowell Funeral Home
1104 Chestnut Street, Waco, TX
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St. Mary's Catholic Church
1401 Washington Ave, Waco, TX
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Condolences to the family.
James Brown
January 22, 2021
What is lovely never dies, but passes into another loveliness. We share in your loss and express our deepest sympathy.
Tanyard UMC, Midway, TX
January 20, 2021
Lois, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Know that Waco has also lost a pillar of the community. Lester will be missed. Your classmate Diane (Foreman) Knight
Diane Foreman Knight
January 15, 2021
R.I.P Lester! I met you a few weeks before your transition, but it felt as if I've known you longer. I'm glad your nephew; my friend, Oliver, introduced me to you. Rest well!
Isaac M.
January 15, 2021
May memories of Lester and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. Lester was my mentor, fraternity brother, and friend. I learned so much from him. He touched my life in ways words cannot express. He will truly be missed.
Tony A. Stewart
January 15, 2021
Classmates of Lester McDowell 1970. God Bless the family.
Gwen Daniels Goodman and Yvonne Walker
January 14, 2021
My condolences to the McDowell Family. Mr. Lester McDowell was an awesome Principal, Mortician, and friend. He will be greatly missed. His legacy will live on in our memories for years to come. Sorrowfully, Loretta Oliver
Loretta Oliver
January 14, 2021
Let me offer my condolences to the McDowell family.Praying that GOD provides comfort at this time.He will not be forgotten.
January 14, 2021
Thank You For Your Service and Support To Our Community Sir We Appreciate You Much More Than Words Could Ever Express
Donna Jones
January 14, 2021
We offer our condolences to The McDowell Family. May God provide his almighty strength and comfort at this time.
Larry Norwood
January 14, 2021
Condolences to the McDowell Family who have served many families during their losses. Praying God’s comfort and strength during this journey.
Gail McLennan-Lewis and family
Gail McLennan-Lewis
January 14, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family. Mr. McDowell was very loved and respected in this community. His legacy will live on in the hearts and souls of the many people that knew him. My prayers to everyone affected by this loss.
Ozell Walton
January 14, 2021
To the family of our beloved brother and friend, we offer our deepest sympathies and comfort from our LORD God. I have known him for a good while, but as long as others. He was a gift from God as a friend, educator, businessman, leader, and family man. You are missed but not forgotten. Rest in the Lord, my brother. Rev. Joseph L. Shilo Jr. Pastor Cedar Grove Baptist Church 106 County Rd 4044 Satin, TX 76685
Rev. Joseph L Shilo Jr
January 14, 2021
To Mrs. Lois, Madelyn, Andrea and the entire McDowell family. We were shocked when we got the news that Lester had gained his wings. Lester will be missed and you definitely have our sincere condolences and prayers. God Bless.
Pastor Allen B. and Mrs. Frankie M. Lewis
January 14, 2021
Lester was a good man that always had a smile on his face when I saw him. Always willing to help when he could and always on his BEST WHEN BEING PROFESSIONAL. I met Lester at a funeral and its so sad that I'm saying Goodbye at his Homegoing, REST WELL MY BROTHA YOU WILL BE MISSED BY MANY.. PRAYERS TO THE FAMILY AND MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES...
January 14, 2021
I am so touched by the translation of Mr. McDowell. I wish he could have seen his new facility completed. Family, be strong.
Gloria Bryant-McCoy
January 13, 2021
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Lester. Prayers for the family. Jeanna Kish and staff of Freddie Kish's Complete Car Care Center.
Jeanna Kish
January 13, 2021
Gone but not forgotten !
January 13, 2021
Lester McDowell and I taught science in WISD. We taught at different schools but during the GT pullout program for elementary students we would teach together. He had a smile that would engage the students as well as own unique way of instruction. He was a talented man and moved into a leadership position with WISD. Many lives have been enriched because of his servant leadership.
Gerald Brewer
January 13, 2021
Blessings to Lois and family. My prayers and love...
Nell Murphy Wilson
January 13, 2021
Don't worry just trust Him Day by Day Trust Jesus today He will give you strength
Larrye Weaver
January 13, 2021
Mrs. McDowell YOU and YOUR AMAZING CHILDREN, GRANDS, AND FAMILY have my greatest sympathy and CONDOLENCES! You all have been a great part of our community, and Mr McDowell will be definitely MISSED! MAY GOD continue to BLESS YOU ALL and keep YOU in STRENGTH and in LOVE in JESUS NAME I PRAY. Yours In Christ, Pastoral Chaplain, Ms. Hattie J. McGill
Hattie McGill
January 13, 2021
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