Norman Willis Dowdy, age 74 of Dublin died Friday morning Jan. 23, 2009 at his residence. He was born Oct. 6, 1934 in Giles County, and was the son of the late Rebecca Higginbotham Dowdy and Charles Arthur Dowdy. He was a retired Master Trooper for the Virginia State Police Department having served the Commonwealth of Virginia for 37 and a half years. Thirty years of his service was spent in Pulaski County. He was a member of the New Dublin Presbyterian Church and will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, fantastic father, and caring grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Betty Corell Dowdy of Dublin; one son, Norman “Buck” Dowdy, II and his wife Casey of Dublin; two daughters, Sandy Dowdy Singleton of Pulaski, and Tammy Dowdy Sayers and her husband Eddie of Dublin; three brothers, Allan Bud Dowdy and his wife Nancy of Roanoke, Joe Bud Dowdy and his wife Nancy of Pearisburg, and Peyton Higginbotham and his wife Jeanie of Chiefton, Florida; three grandchildren, Holly Ann Dowdy of Dublin, Zane Parker Yopp of Dublin, and Jedidiah Lee Singleton of Pulaski. Also survived by three special friends: Kennard Phipps of Newport, Rev. J.P. Hale of Draper, and Master Trooper Tex Hall of Dublin.
Funeral services will be held Monday Jan. 26, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Dublin United Methodist Church with the Rev. First Sgt. Mike Honker, the Rev. J.P. Hale, and the Rev. G.T. Hurst officiating. Interment will follow in the New Dublin Presbyterian Church Cemetery where the Virginia State Police will conduct military honors. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Dublin United Methodist Church. Flowers will be appreciated, but for those who wish, they may make memorial contributions in Norman’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 2840 Electric Road, Suite 106A, Roanoke, VA, 24018. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com
Arrangements by Thomas M. Seagle & Sons, Pulaski.