Dr. N.H. "Doc" Dowden DVM

February 28, 1919April 27, 2013

Dr. N.H. Dowden DVM, 94, of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Masonic Homes of Louisville, Kentucky.

He was a veterinarian.

He was a life-long member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Greeneville.

Dr. Dowden attended Louisiana State University for his undergraduate studies and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. Dr. Dowden served in the military during World War II. He was assigned to the Veterinary Research Laboratory at Fort Royal, Virginia. He spent over 30 years in Greeneville and Greene County caring for large and small animals.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law: Alice and Bill Davis of Louisville, Kentucky; grandchildren and spouses:Alison and Jeremy Curtis of Louisville, Kentucky, and Brad and Sunny Davis of Palm Harbor, Florida; great grandchildren: Preston and Neely Joy Curtis of Louisville; special niece and nephew: Debra Blair and family of Jonesborough and Dean Wilhoit and family of Johnson City; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins of Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Pickering Dowden.

The family will receive friends 4pm-6pm Friday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.

Following visitation, the funeral service will be held at 6pm Friday, May 3, 2013, in Kiser-Rose Hill Chapel with Rev. Stuart Albee officiating.

Interment will follow at 10am Saturday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Greeneville. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery Saturday for the committal service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 524 Tusculum Boulevard, Greeneville, TN 37745.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to the staff of Masonic Homes of Louisville for his excellent care.


  • Visitation Friday, May 3, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 3, 2013

Dr. N.H. "Doc" Dowden DVM

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William T. Dickerson, DVM

April 18, 2014

To Dr. Dowden's family I 'm so sorry for your loss. In1982 I graduated from utcvm and first practiced with him and could not have had a better person to work for. His wit, intelligence, faith, and true love for the profession are an everlasting inspiration for me as I practice.

Martha Beamer

May 13, 2013

Dear Family - I was a "pew buddy" of Dr. Dowden and wife for years at Trinity UMC. We had many conversations about my black lab dog and these were special times as we shared a common interest. He was a good and kind man and although I left Trinity to enter the ministry, I thought often of them. I miss them. My condolances to you.

Linda Thompson Trantham

May 3, 2013

I'm so sorry for your loss, he was such a good man. We moved in next door to Doc on Redbud Drive when I was around 4 years old. He was our vet and such a good friend. I will always remember him and will see him again some day in Heaven.

Dr. John R. Tarver

May 2, 2013

Although we only saw Uncle Nealy occasionaly after he moved to Tennessee, he will be missed by his relatives and friends in Louisiana who were proud of his accomplishments. I always enjoyed my visits with him especially the on-call trips to the local farms.

Gwen (Massey) Gray

May 1, 2013

Dear Family: I am so sorry for your loss. What a special man Doc Dowden was. As a small child he was like a celebrity to me. I would watch for him to come down the dirt road with a cloud of dust following. He would stop in front of the barn, that cloud of dust catching up to him and that long CB antenna swinging back and forth. It was just so exciting. He was one of those special people that will never be forgotten.