OBITUARY

Robert W. Dowd

4 May, 19473 June, 2021
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Robert W. (Bob) Dowd, Loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many, passed peacefully from this earthly life to his heavenly one on 06/03/2021 after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born 05/04/1947 to Marie Poole Dowd and Walter Tate Dowd in Portsmouth, VA where he grew up. He attended his much beloved East Carolina University in Greenville, NC before moving to the Brandon, MS area where he has made his home for many years. He cofounded the business Stevens, Dowd and Company in Flowood, MS with his friend and business partner, Jim Stevens, from 1979 until retiring in 2016. Everyone who met Bob knew his passion for anything East Carolina University and his other passions being his family, friends, tennis, cooking, reading, and making us all laugh. In the words of one of his favorites, Jimmy Buffett, "Yes, he was a pirate; 200 years too late . . . ." Pirate Bob, as he was affectionately known to many, would light up a room and especially a tennis court with his vibrant spirit and quick-witted humor. He would undoubtedly want everyone to know that as of this writing, his beloved ECU Pirate baseball team went 3-0, winning the Greenville Regional and is headed to the Super Regional. Everyone that knew him well, can hear him now . . . . "Arrrggghhh! Go Pirates!" He is survived by his wife, Gina, his son, Matt Dowd (Amanda) of Madison, MS, his daughter, Jessica Dowd Osborne (Michael) of Atlanta, GA, his sister Ann Dowd Westerman (Charles) of Vienna, VA and grandchildren, Tate, Colt and Lucy Dowd, Grant and Kate Osborne, a niece, a nephew, cousins, his loyal yellow lab, Sophie and countless friends. Some of his last words were, "I want everyone to think of me and smile. I had a great ride!" His family wants to personally thank his team of doctors and their staff at UMMC and MD Anderson for all their loving care over the last few years, especially Dr. Louis Puneky and Dr. Scott Gibson at UMMC. There will be a service at 11:00am Thursday June10, 2021 followed by a visitation from 12-2:00pm at Parkway Funeral Home, 1161 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, MS. Rather than sending flowers, if inclined, please make any memorial donations in his name to ECU Pirate Club, mail stop #158, 1000 E 5th St, Greenville, NC 27858-4353. The service will be live streamed from Parkway Funeral Home and Memorial Cemetery Facebook page.

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John Thomas

11 June 2021

I remember Bob being a great trumpet player in the WWHS band. He was a inspiration for others to follow.

Wayne, "Randy" Williams

11 June 2021

I remember Bob leading the trumpet section of the WWHS Band. I could see his natural leadership qualities leading the trumpet section of the band, playing a beautiful solo during a performance of a popular band composition. My condolences to his family and friends for their great loss. I know he will be missed.

Butch Bisese

10 June 2021

Bob and I grew up together at the Beasley center spending many hours playing baseball, basketball, and swimming in the pool. We went to high school and shared a lot of good times. We touched base again a few years ago on Facebook after a long time of not seeing or hearing from each other. Keeping his family in my prayers. Rest in peace, my friend.

Cindy Rasberry

10 June 2021

Dear Gina and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your precious husband. He was a good friend to my late husband Dennis. I can remember all of the great stories that Dennis would tell when they used to meet with the guys at Soulshine Pizza. His friendship with Dennis meant so much! Those guys could tell some stories!!! I also had the pleasure of being around Bob a few times and he definitely could light up a room with his big smile and witty humor…please know that I will continue to lift you and your precious family up in my prayers…I can just imagine what they are telling each other now!🙏

In Christian Love,
Cindy Rasberry

Nan Gainey

8 June 2021

Dear loved ones of Bob Dowd,
My husband and I were great friends with Lucy and Bob Dowd at Edgewood Terrace Apartments in the early 1970’s. We all were newly weds at the time. We had great fun sitting by the pool and got to know them well. Bob worked for Lincoln National Insurance Company at that time. Every time I hear a John Denver song, I think of Bob. He was a swell guy! Thinking of all of you as you celebrate his life on June 10th. May God keep him in his care until we all meet again.

Crystalin Lewis

8 June 2021

Jessica,

I'm sending up my thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Memories of your dad are certainly ones of fun and laughter. Shane and I will make sure to watch and pull for those ECU Pirates in the Super Regionals.

Our love to you all,

Crystalin

Gail Mangano

8 June 2021

Bob, you were the best brother-in-law a girl could ever have. I was so lucky to have had you in my life. We just adored you. Thank you for loving my sister and my mother and us all. I will think of you every day for the rest of my life. Till we all meet again. RIP Bob

Ken Kinney

8 June 2021

Thanks Bob, for being you.

Ken Kinney
Theta Chi, ECU

Ann Marsh

7 June 2021

Gina, Mary Kay just told me about Bob’s death. He fought long and hard and was most assuredly comforted by your care and love through the years. Hopefully, memories of happier days will ease your grief. We are out of town all month but will be thinking of you and the fun times we had with you and the Southers.
Blessings, Ann and Mike Marsh

Julie Evers Crump

7 June 2021

Gina, Matthew and Jessica - we are holding you all close in prayer for strength in the coming days and beyond. Grateful for the many years of wonderful memories we shared. May God continue to wrap His loving arms around you and give you a peace that passes all understanding! Well done good and faithful servant Bob, well done!

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