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William Lyle Dowd and Janice Lillian (Wright) Dowd

William Lyle Dowd, age 65, was born April 23, 1956, in Ottumwa, IA to James Ralph and Betty Berniece (Todd) Dowd.  He went to be with his Heavenly Father on October 11, 2021, following a short illness.

William and Janice Lillian (Wright) Dowd were united in marriage on June 22, 1974, in Iowa and soon their family grew to include daughter Angela and son Bradley. William was an Assemblies of God minister for more than 30 years and was currently serving as the pastor of First Assembly of God in Marianna, Arkansas.  He loved the Lord and served with his entire heart and previously pastored churches in Missouri and Indiana.  He never hesitated to share God’s love with anyone he met.  William was the current Chairman of the Lee County (Arkansas) Republican Committee and was a great Patriot.  Prior to becoming a minister, William was a police officer in Iowa, serving both the Eddyville and Jesup police departments.  William enjoyed hunting and fishing but loved spending time with his family most of all.  He was a jack-of-all-trades and an experienced handyman, doing construction work and repairs for himself and many of the churches and congregations where he pastored.

He is preceded in death by both parents, Jim and Betty Dowd; two brothers, Roger and Jim; one sister-in-law, Debra (Jim) Dowd; and one nephew, Andrew Randolph.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Jan; his children Angela Dowd (Blue Eye, MO) and Bradley (Samantha) Dowd (Jamesport, MO); sister, Arlene Dowd (Oskaloosa, IA); sister-in-law, Carolyn Dowd (Euless, TX); seven grandchildren, RJ, Jaylen, Ashton, Dakota, Jonathan, Landon, and Justin; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, November 5, 2021, at Turner Family Funeral Home of Maysville, MO with burial following at Amity Cemetery.  Visitation will be 11:00 A.M. ~ 1:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be live streamed on Turner Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the William Dowd Funeral Fund, Home Exchange Bank, PO Box 200, Jamesport, MO 64648. Online condolences: www.turnerfamilyfuneral.com

 

Janice Lillian (Wright) Dowd, age 64, was born January 28, 1957, in Ottumwa, IA to James Edward and Josephine May (Petary) Wright.  She went to be with her Heavenly Father on October 31, 2021.

Janice, fondly known as Jan by her family and friends, married William L. Dowd on June 22, 1974, in Iowa. They soon welcomed daughter Angela and son Bradley to their family as they began a life of ministry and service to others. Jan was a homemaker, a mother, a teacher, and a friend to everyone.  She taught alongside her husband in various churches and especially loved putting together vacation bible schools in the summers wherever they were pastoring at the time.  Jan loved her grandchildren and delighted in taking pictures of them to share with anyone who asked.  She loved decorating her home, both inside and out, and always welcomed visitors.  Her home was a beautiful and welcome sanctuary to everyone who stopped by.  And, if you were a visitor to her home, she would offer a meal, or a snack and a cup of coffee, and tell you good-bye with one of her favorite phrases… “take God with you.”

She is preceded in death by her husband, William, who passed away earlier this month; both parents James and Josephine Wright; step-father Curtis Greeley; father-in-law and mother-in-law Jim and Betty Dowd; two brothers-in-law, Roger and Jim Dowd; one sister-in-law, Deb (Jim) Dowd; and one niece, Frankie Sharp.

Survivors include her children Angela Dowd (Blue Eye, MO) and Bradley (Samantha) Dowd (Jamesport, MO); brothers Gerry (Kim) Wright (Hertford, NC) and Larry Wright (Ottumwa IA); sisters Francis (Franklin) Sharp (St. Joseph, MO), Pamela (Scott) Schaefer (Columbus, NE), Linda (Ben) DeShaw (Knoxville, IA), and Lora Geweke (Ivanhoe, TX); sisters-in-law Arlene Dowd (Oskaloosa, IA) and Carolyn Dowd (Euless, TX); seven grandchildren, RJ, Jaylen, Ashton, Dakota, Jonathan, Landon, and Justin; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, November 5, 2021, at Turner Family Funeral Home of Maysville, MO with burial following at Amity Cemetery.  Visitation will be 11:00 A.M. ~ 1:00 P.M. Friday at the  funeral home. Funeral services will be live streamed on the Turner Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the William & Janice Dowd Funeral Fund, Home Exchange Bank, PO Box 200, Jamesport, MO 64648. Online condolences: www.turnerfamilyfuneral.com



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