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Brantley Funeral Home

6875 Cockrum Street, Olive Branch, MS

OBITUARY

Ricky Dowdy

January 25, 1951October 5, 2019

Ricky Dowdy, 68, passed away in his home on October 5, 2019, He was born January 25, 1951. Ricky was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He was employed with the Illinois Central/Canadian National Railroad for 38 years. At the age of 20, Ricky was nationally recognized as the youngest train engineer in the country. He later retired in 2008. Ricky was a man of strong faith, believing firmly in the power and strength of Jesus Christ. Ricky is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Penny Dowdy; daughter, Laurie Dowdy; sons Jeff Dowdy (Heather) and Justin McCollum (Natalie) and grandchildren Drew Dowdy, Anna Claire Dowdy and Eli McCollum. Ricky was preceded in death by his parents William and Inez Dowdy and his brother Michael Dowdy.

The family will receive friends and have food and beverage on Saturday, October 12th from 1-2pm at Brantley Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 2pm.

  • FAMILY

  • Penny Dowdy, Wife
  • Laurie Dowdy, Daughter
  • Jeff Dowdy (Heather), Son
  • Justin McCollum (Natalie), Son
  • Drew Dowdy, Grandchild
  • Anna Claire Dowdy, Grandchild
  • Eli McCollum, Grandchild
  • Ricky was preceded in death by his parents William and Inez Dowdy and his brother Michael Dowdy.

Services

  • Family Will Receive Friends Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, October 12, 2019

Memories

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Rosemary Parsley

October 12, 2019

Brad and Rick were friends from Trinity Baptist Church since the 70's.
They went Hunting together in Colorado for many years.

We have so many Memories of our trips together to Colorado. Penny and I went for the first time with them in 1991.
John and Marie Sharp, Roy and Marian Henigan, and us would caravan each September to Glenn Wood Springs and
Stay at Brettleburg a Ski Lodge near Ski Sunlight where the guys would hunt.

All the ladies would sight see while the guys hunted.

We would always cook and bring it all together in the party room and share with anyone there that wanted to come.

One year we White Water rafted the Colorado River. What a memory!

Penny has been such a Blessing an Example to All of us in For Better or Worse! They Were Such an Example of True Love! Brad and Rosemary Parsley

Shirley Buchanan

October 9, 2019

We lived next door to each other for a number of years . Couldn’t ask for a better neighbor & friend..

Penny, please accept my condolences, he will be missed.

Diane Spinolo

October 8, 2019

Rick has a special place in our memories as does his beautiful wife Penny...we have tried to pick a favorite memory but cannot...there were too many...He was a very sweet man, and he will be missed...mark and diane spinolo...

Debbie Kellogg

October 8, 2019

Saying goodbye is never easy, but saying hello again is a promise we hold on to. I’m so glad I knew Rick. He was a good man!!

Jean Dorris

October 6, 2019

You will truly be missed 💜

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Ricky Dowdy, 68, passed away in his home on October 5, 2019, He was born January 25, 1951. Ricky was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He was employed with the Illinois Central/Canadian National Railroad for 38 years. At the age of 20, Ricky was nationally recognized as the youngest train engineer in the country. He later retired in 2008. Ricky was a man of strong faith, believing firmly in the power and strength of Jesus Christ. Ricky is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Penny Dowdy; daughter, Laurie Dowdy; sons Jeff Dowdy (Heather) and Justin McCollum (Natalie) and grandchildren Drew Dowdy, Anna Claire Dowdy and Eli McCollum. Ricky was preceded in death by his parents William and Inez Dowdy and his brother Michael Dowdy.

The family will receive friends and have food and beverage on Saturday, October 12th from 1-2pm at Brantley Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 2pm.