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John McDowell

John E. McDowell

Thursday, December 11th, 1941 - Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
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Obituary

John E McDowell, Maj USAF (ret), 77, of Navarre, Florida, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

John was born December 11, 1941, in Pineville, Louisiana, and was the only child of Irving and Juanita McDowell. He graduated Pineville High School in 1959 and Louisiana Tech University in 1964. After graduating from college he joined the US Air Force working as a civil engineer and a missile launch officer and was a Vietnam veteran. He retired from the USAF Reserves at Barksdale AFB. John worked in the forestry business and retired from International Paper after 20 years. He was a member of the Gideons and served on the deacons at the First Baptist Church of Navarre.

John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Donna Craig McDowell of Navarre, Florida; a daughter, Stephanie White of Navarre, Florida; a daughter, Lori Sammons of Lake Charles, Louisiana; a son, Jason McDowell of Pineville, Louisiana; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services for John McDowell will be held at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, February 7, 2019, at Lewis Funeral Home Chapel in Navarre, with Reverend Philip Robertson officiating.

Visitation will be held 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., prior to the services.

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., at Barrancas National Cemetery with Military Honors and Lewis Funeral Home directing.

The family requests donations may be made, in John’s name, to Covenant Care (5041 North 12 Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504); or to Gideons International (Box 142, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561.) Donations may also be made to Philadelphia Baptist Church (722 Philadelphia Rd, Deville, LA 71328.)
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel
    Address
    7794 Navarre Parkway
    NAVARRE, FL 32566
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Lewis Funeral Home, Navarre Chapel
    Address
    7794 Navarre Parkway
    NAVARRE, FL 32566
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Barrancas National Cemetery
    Address
    1 Cemetery Rd
    PENSACOLA, FL 32508
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    2:00 p.m.

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Jim Fowler

Posted at 04:10pm
I was so sad yet happy when I heard that Johnny had passed away. It was a blessing in disguise. I know how much pain and suffering he has been through in the past several years but I know he is in the arms of Jesus now without pain. I feel certain that he and my wife Jeanette are rejoicing in seeing each other and enjoying reminiscing of times past and about the funny things happening in their early years as family relatives. I pray that Donna, their children and grand children are comforted by GOD during this time of sorrow. I heard a song recently that said "You won't get over it but you can get through it." For Donna I can tell her "I have walked in your shoes and with GOD's help you can get through."
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S. Ellis

Posted at 02:21pm
I wish you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow. (2 Corinthians 1:2-4) The
Bible gives real hope of being reunited again with your loved one. It promises that
your loved one will soon come back to life in the resurrection to a beautiful peaceful
paradise on the earth. (John 5:28, 29)

Sincerely,

S. Ellis
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