McDowell, Hilda Marie Jackson (Ringgold)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hilda Marie Jackson McDowell, 89, of Ringgold, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018. She was born in Summerville, Ga. to the late C.W. and Louise Russell Jackson. She was a lifelong resident of the Northwest Georgia area, and was of the Baptist faith. She was a former employee of the Peerless Woolen Mill, where she worked in the company kitchen, and had worked at Ryan’s Steakhouse on Ringgold Road for many years, where she was known as “Serge.”

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: Alvy Carl McDowell, Jr.; daughters, Jackie Jackson, Judy Gross and Susie McDowell; daughter-in-law, Mary Jane McDowell; and 10 siblings.

Survivors include her sons, Brent (Pam) McDowell of Gastonia, NC, Charles McDowell of Ringgold and Mike (Lisa) McDowell of Valdosta; daughter, Lisa Hill of Cleveland, Tn.; brother, Jimmy (Billie) Jackson of Chatsworth, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday from 2-8 p.m. and Tuesday morning, prior to the service. Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, Jan. 30 in the Fort Oglethorpe chapel, with Robert Chumley officiating. Burial will follow in Chattanooga Veterans National Cemetery.

Arrangements by W.L. Wilson & Sons Funeral Homes - Fort Oglethorpe. Online register book at

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