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Williard Gene Dowdy

February 28, 1933October 31, 2020
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Williard “ Gene” Dowdy

A Graveside Service with Military Honors for Williard “ Gene” Dowdy, 87, will be held at County Line Baptist Church Cemetery on Wednesday, November 4 at 2 pm with Bro. Kevin Lindley and Bro. David Shepherd officiating. Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 5 to 8pm. Masks and social distancing will be advised.

Gene, of Walnut, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, TN. Gene was born in Corinth, MS, on February 28, 1933 to Lee and Lucy Benjamin Dowdy. He attended Shannon High School and Northeast Mississippi Junior College. Gene was a proud veteran having served in the United States Navy during the Korean War with his older brother Bill. He retired in 1998 from a 40+ year career as a supervisor at Intex Plastics in Corinth. Gene was a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Walnut.

Gene will be forever remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, family member and friend. While there is a huge hole left from his unexpected passing, we are comforted knowing that that he is healthy, whole again, smiling and walking with our Jesus in Heaven. He was a faithful loving husband to his beloved wife Nylene for over 50 years; they never spent any time apart. Gene also left behind a tremendous legacy of what it is to be a good father as Proverbs 22:6 says. He always put his family first. There are so many words to describe Gene; kind, easy going, gentle spirit, giving, good provider, honest, strong work ethic, patriotic, funny “Geneisms”, always smiling. Known as "Gene Gene" to his four precious grandkids, that he loved dearly, he would light up talking to them. He loved working around the farm and being around his family and friends. Gene had been a fighter from day one having weighed only two pounds when he was born in 1933 and was a fighter to the end. Gene lived a full, active 87 years and will be truly missed and forever remembered by those who loved him, until we see him again in Heaven.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Nylene Jackson Dowdy, daughter Angie (Brett) Karstens of Nashville, Tennessee, son Steven (Tina) Dowdy of Middleton, Tennessee, and grandchildren, Dalton Karstens, Grace Karstens, Noah Watson, and Ty Dowdy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Lucy Dowdy; sisters and brothers-in-law Eddie Lee (Marlin) McFarling, Pauline (T.B.) Meeks, Wilma (Paul) Patey, and brother Bill (Ann) Dowdy.

Pall bearers are Bobby Joe Jackson, Dale Jackson, Deryl Cossitt, Harvey Meeks, Kerry Jackson, and Tommy Meeks. Honorary Pall Bearers are his grandchildren, Dustin Hodum, Dwight Smith, Gary Swain and Perry McFarling.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.memorialcorinth.com for the Dowdy family.

Arragements are under the care of Memorial Funeral Home.

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Gary Bowers

November 3, 2020

I am sorry I didn't come to the visitation or funeral for Gene. I am so afraid of getting the virus that I just wouldn't come.
Nylene and family I thought the world of Gene and he knew it as I did we were friends for life. Still hurts me not to have come and paid my respects but that is my fault . Guess I shouldn't be so afraid of this virus but I am Forgive me please.

Nicole Bolden

November 3, 2020

Mrs. Dowdy, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. The story regarding his smile is so very true. From the time I first met Mr. Dowdy here in Dr. Kelley's office, he always had a smile on his face when he came in no matter how sick he felt or how much he couldn't get around. I am truly sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family!
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Lisa King

November 2, 2020

Nylene , Angie , and Steven ,
Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers .
We are so sorry to hear the passing of Gene .
Our deeepest condolences to your family . Remembering you in prayer in all the days ahead .
With Love , Jeff & Lisa King and family .
Nylene ,, I am Bernice’s Daughter .
God bless you all .

Jane Marecle

November 2, 2020

Nyleen, please know that I'm thinking about you and Angie and Steven and your family members. Praying for you.
Love, Jane C. Marecle

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