Larry E McDowell

February 4, 1947March 9, 2018

Larry E. McDowell

LEXINGTON - On Friday, March 9, 2018, Larry E. McDowell was welcomed home into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 71 years. He was born in Shelby, NC and spent the majority of his life living in Columbia, SC. He graduated from Olympia School and after high school joined the US NAVY where he served during the Vietnam War. After serving in the Navy, Larry worked for the Columbia Fire Department, where he received an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Midlands Technical College. He worked for the Columbia Fire Department for 25 years and retired as Battalion Chief in 1992. Larry was a faithful member of Lexington Baptist Church and Unity Sunday School class. He is predeceased by his first wife, Brenda. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Carolyn, and his children, Kelly (Jim), Carol (Greg), and Mark (Andrea). Larry adored his 4 grandchildren Joshua, Lauren, Abbie, and Austin. A Celebration of life Service will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel 820 West Dunbar Road, West Columbia, SC 29170. Family and friends will be received between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.


  • Visitation Monday, March 12, 2018
  • A Celebration of Life Service Monday, March 12, 2018

Larry E McDowell

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Linda (Williams) Geddings

March 28, 2018

I went to school and graduated with Larry. He was a Gentle Giant and he was so easy to get along with. I know he was one of the good guys. I enjoyed seeing him and Carolyn at several of the reunions. I will be praying for Carolyn and his family. 🙏 Love, Linda (Williams) Geddings. Olympia High School Class of 1965

John Reich

March 14, 2018

Just heard of Larry's passing and would like to forward my sincere condolences to friends and family. I worked with Larry for many years at the Columbia Fire Department and always respected and admired him for his dedication and faithful service. His christian countenance was obvious to all who were fortunate to know him.

May God 's grace give you comfort and peace during this time.

In Christian Love.
John Reich, Retired Columbia Fire Department Assistant Chief / State Fire Marshal

Don Roberts

March 12, 2018

Carolyn and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for the family during this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing that Larry was a man of God and is now enjoying eternity in heaven.
Don and Betty Roberts

Steve & Linda Burnett

March 10, 2018

We will surely miss Larry's presence in the neighborhood. He was always sitting in the driveway of his home, friendly and greeting everyone who passed by, especially anyone with a pet. Our prayers are with Carolyn and the family, as we know this is a difficult time. We know that Larry is free from pain and is in a beautiful place, walking and greeting people as ever, keeping a watchful eye over us all that remain.