OBITUARY

Ray Morris McDowell Jr.

June 27, 1942March 3, 2018
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Funeral service for MSGT Ray Morris McDowell, Jr. (USA, Ret) will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel with burial to follow in Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 7 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo. Ray passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 Born in Dallas, GA, he was a son of the late Morris Ray McDowell and Mildred Emmerson McDowell. He was a member of Dutch Fork Baptist Church. Ray faithfully served his country in the US Army for 21 years prior to his retirement as Master Sergeant. While in the Army, he received numerous awards and medals to include: National Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm; Combat Infantryman Badge; Army of Occupation Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; and Good Conduct Medal (6th AWD). Ray met and married Christa Melitte McDowell while serving in Germany. She passed away April 29, 1991. Following his retirement from the US Army, he began a second career at Ft. Jackson in Civil Service with DRMO and retired following 25 years of service. In 1993, he married Harriet Sue McDowell and together they shared 24 years of marriage until her death in December 2017. He is survived by his children: Debbie Cathcart(daughter), Kevin L McDowell (son), Katherine McDowell(daughter), Sean Murphy(son); Ann Faircloth(step-daughter); grandchildren, Ashley, Aaron, Bridgette, Christa, Danny, Zach, Tyler, Ali, Piper, Grace, Michael, Scott and Will; seven great grandchildren; siblings, Sue Cox(sister), Betty Jones(sister), Doug “Joe” Mcdowell(brother), Penny McMasters(sister), Leigh Ann McDowell Wade(sister), Jimmy McDowell(brother), Robert McDowell(brother), and Bobby McDowell(brother). He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kristen Faircloth; two brothers, Tommy McDowell and Darrell McDowell. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Graveside Thursday, March 8, 2018
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Ray Morris McDowell Jr.

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WAYNE BISHOP

March 6, 2018

We are so sorry & heartbroken to hear about the loss of our brother-in-law Ray. In fact I consider him my brother. His kindness will be missed for sure. Am honored to say he is my family. Love you always Ray. Wayne & Annette Bishop

Debbie Bass Knox

March 6, 2018

Ray was like a second father to me. He will truly be missed. I have so many great memories growing up around the McDowell's. God be with his family in this time of sorrow.

Ramona Snedeker

March 5, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. Ray is back with Harriet again Happy in Heaven together. Sending love and hugs down to all of you. Love you all Ramona & Scott Snedeker

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