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.)