Velma Inez Dowdy

Monday, April 29, 2019
Velma Inez Dowdy

Velma Inez Dowdy was born November 12, 1928, and left this world on the 27th of April, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 65 years, Charles “Pete” Dowdy; her mother and father, Walter “Tucker” and Lula Williams; an older sister, Geraldine Williams; and a younger brother, Billie Ray Williams. She is survived by a sister, Barbara (Bill) Martin of Rector, Ark. and a brother, Jim (Virginia) Williams of Vienna, Ill.

Those also surviving are two daughters and their families including, Judy and Charles Jones, Kelly and Jason Nichols, J.C.Rogers, MaKenzi, and Jeremiah; Jared Rogers; and Justin and Brittany Rogers, Marley, Jamison and Stella, all of Knoxville, Tenn. and Tina and Jim McKinney of Warren, Ark.; Caleb and Lexi Bateman, Cannon and Steele of Jonesboro, Ark.; and Justin and Corie McKinney, Diesel and Axel, also of Warren.

Other survivors include a beloved sister-in-law, Nadine Dowdy of Michigan and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Inez was born in the Rector area where she remained most of her life. She was a beautiful wife, mother and homemaker. Family and friends regularly are reminded of her with the beautiful quilts and crocheted afghans and treasures that she crafted. She and Pete were active members of the First General Baptist Church and the Rector Senior Center. They volunteered visiting nursing homes, playing old country songs and inviting the residents to dance with them. They participated in many of senior citizen events; one special memory was the time they placed second in the state at the Senior Olympics in Ballroom Dance. They also were active square dancers for many years, acquiring a host of friends. Other wonderful memories were made as they camped with their Airstream trailer at the Bean Festival, favorite fishing places and winter trips to Winterhaven, Fla., where they would wander Flea Markets and Strawberry Festivals. If you walked with them in the mornings down at the Community Center or came to their house to buy some of their tomatoes, I’m sure they would share a story or two with you.

During the last 10 years of her life after an illness in 2010, she was unable to stay in Rector, and she shared a home with her daughters in Knoxville and Warren. She made some new friends, but missed the family and friends from her hometown.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Irby/Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, at the funeral home, with Marston Carpenter officiating. Interment will be in the Mitchell Cemetery, Greenway, Ark.

Those who wish may sign the online condolence book at www.irbyfuneralhome.com