Joe McDowell

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Joe McDowell

Joe L. McDowell, 75, of Fruitland, a prominent farmer and cattleman, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born July 1, 1936, in Cape Girardeau, to Roy and Roberta Stevenson McDowell. He and Erma McLain were married April 6, 1958, at Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson.

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 54 years, Erma of Jackson; two daughters, Debbie (Robert) Gandy of Paducah, Ky., Carol McDowell of Cape Girardeau; and a sister, Katherine (T. Gale) Seabaugh of Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to time of service Friday at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Sam Roethemeyer officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Fruitland.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association.

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