Mr. Clyde Dowell, 84 of Goodyear Arizona, transitioned to glory on November 7th, 2022
Clyde was born in 1938 in Gordonsville, Tennessee to Frances and LC Dowell who moved to Michigan during his early years.
He grew up in Ypsilanti Michigan where he attended Willow Run High School and excelled in academics and sports. Clyde was appointed as captain of the Football, Basketball, and Baseball teams. Upon graduation, he earned an academic scholarship to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. He was later inducted into the Willow Run Hall High School of Fame.
In 1958, he married Daisy Hale and joined the Army. He was stationed in Kansas, Texas, and The Republic of Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1961 with medals for sharpshooting and good conduct.
Clyde attended college at Lincoln and Michigan State universities earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He would later earn a Master of Business Administration degree at Wayne State University in Detroit.
He was hired by the city of Detroit in 1962 as a junior typist and worked in various positions until he was appointed to the position of Deputy Budget Director by Mayor Coleman Young. Clyde was later appointed by Mayor Dennis Archer to the position of Director of Public Works where he managed thousands of workers, and millions of dollars in equipment and finances. He served in that position until his retirement in 1999.
Clyde loved traveling with his immediate and extended family on many adventures from family reunions, ocean cruises, and to foreign countries. On any given day, being with family members young and old, playing card games, or just sitting around having a fun conversation brought him joy.
Clyde’s hobbies included distance running, bowling, tennis, and golf. By the age of forty-seven, he had run in three marathons just for the joy of running. He also served as a baseball coach for a youth league in Detroit. Golf was by far his greatest personal passion as he played for more than fifty years participating in leisurable and charitable events with his friends around the country. Clyde was also a lifetime member of the NAACP.
In his retirement years, he and Daisy moved from Detroit Michigan to Goodyear Arizona where he became active in the community. He was a founding member and President of the Just-Folks community group. Clyde accepted Christ as his savior and was a member of the Pebble Creek Community Church. He served as an Elder, Chairman of the finance committee and managed the men’s weekly bible study group.
Clyde has left us with a legacy of strength, intelligence, friendship, and love.
For sixty-four years, Clyde was married to Daisy, his High School sweetheart. Together they created a legacy of family, love, and joy for their five children, nine grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. His family, along with his church members, Detroit co-workers, golf buddies, and a lifetime of friends will deeply miss him.
Wife Daisy Dowell
Daughters Marilyn Barnes. Tonja Singleton
Son Clyde Dowell II
Sisters Diane Watson. Delores Dowell.
Grandchildren Crystal Green, Brian Barnes Jr., Joseph Barnes, Megan Barnes, Cherelle Dowell, Brandon Barnes, Kevin Green Jr. and Karly Singleton
Great Grandchildren Kiara Mikayla, Payton, Madison, Aiden Jayden King Brook Brice Abigail India Maya, Kylie and Layla
Preceded in Death
Mother Francis Dowell,
Father LC Dowell
Brother Terry Weaver
Sister Elizabeth Weaver
Daughter Sherry Green
Son Leonard Dowell
Grandson Clyde Dowell III
A memorial service with full military honors will be held at 10:30am, Sunday, November 13, 2022 at the Eagle Nest Ballroom in Pebble Creek (3645 Clubhouse Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85395.