Dowdy, Don E. (Cleveland)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Don E. Dowdy, 75, of Cleveland, TN, passed away Friday January 11, 2013. 

He was an exceptional father, grandfather and friend. He was of the Baptist faith. Don enlisted in the Army in 1955 with plans to serve his required three years, but things happened along the way, and twenty-two years later he found himself still serving his country. As Don explained “When I finished high school, it was difficult to get a job, so I decided to enlist, serve my three years and get on with my life”. After his three year stint was completed, he discovered that jobs outside the military were in short supply. Having only ninety days to re-enlist and maintain the same rank and pay, Don, on the eighty-ninth day re-enlisted. 
As a Weapons Specialist (CW03) for all types of weapons in the Armament Field, Don served numerous tours of duty including Korea, Vietnam and Germany. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star Medal (lst Oak Leaf Cluster), Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal w60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Pal and 4 Overseas Service Stars. 
After his Army retirement in 1976, Don took a second career at Duracell and retired a second time after 21 years of service in 2001. He earned his BSBA from Tusculum College in 1986. Don was a member of American Legion, the Forty & Eight, and was a supporter of the Forty & Eight nursing scholarship program. 

He was preceded in death by parents, George and Francis Jackson Dowdy; and a sister, Shirley Dowdy. 

He is survived by his wife of forty one years, Alene Gardner Dowdy; three daughters, Joyce and husband Steve Clark of Chattanooga, Terry Dowdy and Kathy and husband Jeremy Timmerman all of Cleveland; three grandchildren, Chase Clark, Kennedy Timmerman and Emma Timmerman; one brother, Bob Dowdy; cousin, Tommie Sorg; and a host of friends and family.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 16, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens with full military honors. Jeremy Timmerman, Chase Clark, Rick Simmering, Mark Hirshfeld, Albert Hirshfeld and Don Brown will serve as pallbearers. Steve Clark, Gerald Gardner and Robert Dowdy are honorary pallbearers. A white dove release will conclude the service. 

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, at the Ralph Buckner Funeral Home who has charge of the arrangements.

The family suggests donations be made to American Legion Post 81, Forty & Eight Nursing Scholarship, 227 James Asbury Dr. N.W., Cleveland, TN 37312. 


Maddox, Gary Edward (LaFayette)

Gary Edward Maddox, 71, of LaFayette, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, December 15, 2017. He had lived in the north Georgia area for most of his life, and was a member of First Baptist Church in LaFayette. He was an Army Veteran, having served during the Vietnam era, and retired from Mohawk Industries in 2011 after more than 27 years of service in Quality Control. ... (click for more)

Bell, Jacqueline Byers (Ringgold)

Jacqueline Byers Bell, 80, of Ringgold, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017 at her residence. A lifelong resident of the Ringgold area, she was a former employee of Mohawk Industries and was a member of Shelter Church in Chattanooga. She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Ray Bell; parents, Jarvis Jackson and Julia Ann Josephine Brockman Byers; son, Carl Stephen ... (click for more)

Alva “Rose” Perry Crumley

Alva “Rose” Perry Crumley, 79, of Hixson departed her earthly home to meet her Lord and Savior on December 15, 2017 after several months of illness. Rose was born on Aril 12, 1938 to Lester C. and Alva Anderson Perry in Kingsport, TN. She was preceded in death by both of her parents and her brother, Stephen Douglas Perry. Rose is survived by her loving and devoted husband of ... (click for more)

Mary Helen Talley Wilson

Mary Helen Talley Wilson, 89, of East Ridge, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017. Born Sept. 2, 1928, in Dalton she was a resident of Chattanooga. Mary Helen was a member of the Victory Baptist Church in Rossville. She graduated Westside High School and attended the Erlanger School of Nursing. She was married to Paul M. Wilson for 68 years. She was a loving wife, mother, ... (click for more)

Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting On Ridgestone Drive At Ooltewah

Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the  7200 block of Ridgestone Drive in Ooltewah early Saturday on a call  of a person who had been shot.   The incident happened around 3 a.m.   T he injured person was transported to an area hospital with a non-life threatening injury.  The facts surrounding the shooting ... (click for more)

Get Emailed Headlines From Chattanoogan.com; Like Us On Facebook, Twitter For Instant News

We send out headlines each day of the latest Chattanooga news.  Our news headlines have links that take you to the stories with a click. We also send out special emails if there is a highly significant local news story breaking so you will be aware of it quickly. To be added to the email headline list, just email us at news@chattanoogan.com In addition, like ... (click for more)