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PO Box 176
24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
Fax: 757-787-5606
Doris Dowdy

Doris Taylor Dowdy

Sunday, October 9th, 1932 - Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
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Doris Eugena Taylor Dowdy, one of twelve children, was born in Savageville, Virginia on October 9, 1932. She was the beloved daughter of Ambrose and Marion Taylor. Doris departed this life at Riverside Memorial Hospital in Onancock, Virginia at the age of 86. She was active and lucid to the very end of her life and for this we give all praise to God.

Doris attended public schools in Accomack County, where she was the valedictorian of her high school class. She went on to continue her education at Virginia State University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree, followed by receiving her Master’s Degree in Communication from Norfolk State University. Doris returned to Accomack County Public Schools where she served as an educator for thirty-six years-encouraging and impacting the lives of her countless students.

Doris met and fell in love with John R. Dowdy. They were married and made their home in Daugherty, Virginia. Two children, Johnetta and John T., were born from this union. Doris made everyone she came into contact with feel welcomed. She loved reading, playing card games, wearing her fancy church hats, and cooking. Her macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, ribs, and sweet potato pies were a family favorite.

Doris also enjoyed being a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was initiated into the Alpha Eta Chapter in 1951 and took pride in being a Charter Member of the Accomack-Northampton Alumnae Chapter. Doris remained an active member until her health began to decline.

Doris was a faithful member of Gaskins Chapel AME Church for over fifty years, where she was a Stewardess. Although she held many titles, her biggest accomplishment was being a grandmother. She poured her all into the lives of her grandchildren.

Doris lived a full and happy life. She truly loved her family and community. Her faith in God was ever present, her smile never wavered, and she never complained. Her hugs, kisses, and cooking will be greatly missed.

Doris leaves to cherish fond memories: her loving children, Johnetta Dowdy, John T. Dowdy (Michelle), and Vernon Williams; seven grandchildren, Shamara Williams (Kenneth), Shomari Dowdy, Myles Stone-Dowdy, Sakara Bey, Marquis Stone-Dowdy, Centoria Fisher (Immanuel), and LaRhonda Fletcher; four great-grandchildren, Emalynn Fisher, Taylor Fisher, Kinsley Williams, and Kennedy Williams; six siblings, Mary Hatton (William), Marion Keesee, Julia Ward, Sheila Williams (Lindsey), Anita Selby, and Gregory Taylor (Sheila); and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Doris was preceded in death by her devoted husband, John R. Dowdy; two brothers, Theodore Taylor and Paige Giddings; and three sisters, Thelma Bailey, Elsie Dennis, and Shirley McClain.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, June 21st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, June 21st, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
    24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
    Accomac, VA 23301
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Gaskins Chapel A.M.E. Church
    26211 Savageville Rd.
    ONANCOCK, VA 23417
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    Rev. Jarvis Bailey
  • Interment

    Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Gaskins A.M.E. Cemetery
    26211 Savageville Rd.
    ONANCOCK, VA 23417
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Joan Murden

Posted at 03:53pm
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Mrs. Dowdy's family and friends. She was a wonderful Christian lady who dearly loved her family and did so much for her children and grandchildren. She was so proud of each of you and loved to talk about your accomplishments when I would run into her at the grocery store. May your wonderful memories be a comfort.

C. Outland

Posted at 05:31pm
I would like to express my sympathy and condolences at this time. Also, at Rev. 21;3,4, it tells us that sickness and death will be done away with forever and Isaiah 25:8, it tells us that God will swallow up death forever and he will wipe away the tears from all faces. I hope you find comfort in these words during your loss.


Lester/Gladys Williams

Posted at 03:36pm
We have fond memories shared with the Dowdy family. We have the family in our prayers/

Karen Downing

Posted at 11:39pm
On behalf of the Accomack-Northampton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., we extend our heartfelt condolences and share in the loss of our sister and friend, Doris. We are grateful for the years we shared with her and for her continued love and dedication to Delta. Blessed are they that die in the Lord and their works do follow them. Praying for peace, strength and comfort for the family. Karen Downing, President

AurellaAddison Posted at 12:47am

I remember Doris and John as "sweethearts". Doris had the most beautiful eyes and liked teasing John about finding the most beautiful girl on the "Shore". John/"Dowdy" and I worked together in Ocean City , ,Md. Doris was the epitome of a true Delta and I AM PROUD to be her soror. My sympathy to her family and members of the Accomack - Northampton Alumnae Chapter of DST Sorority,Inc. Love,Aurella Outen Addison

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