Edward Preston McDowell, 78, of Pisgah Forest, died at his home Wednesday, May 6, 2009.
He was a son of the late Hamilton and Pearl Ballard McDowell.
A native of Henderson County, he retired from fifty years of farm management including cattle husbandry, crop production and equipment operations. In retirement, his passion was growing a vegetable garden and sharing the fruits of his labor with family and friends. He served the Lord and touched many lives with his example of hard work and ingenuity.
Survivors include his loving wife of sixty two years, Eileen Kelly McDowell; two sons, Rodger E. McDowell and his wife Mary Catherine of Frostproof, FL, Richard P. McDowell and his wife Sharon of Granite Falls; three daughters, Debra Prince and her husband Daniel of Pisgah Forest, Karen Crawford and her husband Linwood of Shelby and Ellen Gordon and her husband Dennis of Horse Shoe; three brothers, Bobby, James and Grady McDowell all of Henderson County; twelve grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, devoted father and a very generous grandfather. He will be greatly missed.
A funeral will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday in the chapel at Forest Lawn Mortuary. Burial will follow the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 pm Saturday in the chapel at Forest Lawn Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Little River Baptist Church Building Fund, 51 Little River Church Rd. Penrose, NC 28766.
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009
Time: 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Date: Sunday, May 10, 2009
Time: 2:00 pm