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Clyde Dowell

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Mr. Clyde Dowell, 84 of Goodyear Arizona, transitioned to glory on October 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.

Survivors
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.

 

17 Comments on “Clyde Dowell

  1. To The Dowell Family,
    Those we love can never be more than a thought away…
    for as long as there is a memory, they live in our hearts
    to stay. Cherish those memories forever.

  2. One of the wisest gentleman have ever met with great integrity. Arrest in peace my friend we will catch you on the back 9 nine.

  3. May the precious moments and memories spent with your loved one continue to brighten the coming days and years. He was truly loved by those he worked with at the City of Detroit. May the peace and comfort of the Lord be your family’s portion during this difficult time.

  4. My condolences to the Dowell family. He will always be in your hearts.

  5. I am sadden to hear that my former colleague Clyde Dowell has passed away!!!
    He was an honorable public servant, humble man and a good friend. It was an honor to know and serve with him in the Young Administration.

    Detroit was a better place because Clyde was on the job! I will miss him. My condolences to his family

  6. My friend my mentor, Rest In Peace and I will see you again but I still can’t give you any strokes !!!

  7. Clyde, one of our regular golfing partners, when he came back to Michigan for the summer and roommate on our golf trips to Florida. Somehow he always knew how many strokes you had on a hole. Will definitely be missed.

  8. He was always, always steady as a rock. As a result, those of us that were blessed to work with and for him under his direction, learned to be steady. He was large in a quiet way. I pray he lives on the back nine for eternity. My most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.

  9. Mr. Dowell was a good man. He was always good to me and someone who I respected deeply. He had a quiet way about him, yet his leadership was highly effective. I guess we’ll have play that round of golf later. Sending my & my wife’s thoughts and prayers to the family.

  10. The Dowell family has my heart felt and deepest condolences regarding Clyde’s transition. I was privileged to know Clyde and worked with him closely in the Coleman Young administration. We both served on the mayors budget and finance committee and would spend months together and budget hearings. Clyde had unique ways of envisioning things and finding solutions. He was a very honorable man and I know he loves his family because he spoke of you so often. May the peace and love of God surround you all.

  11. To The Dowell Family,
    Our hearts and prayers are with you as you navigate the days ahead. We had the great pleasure of serving the citizens of Detroit under the phenomenal leadership of Clyde Dowell, our mentor and friend.
    May God Comfort You and Give You Peace,
    Johnny and Donna Northern

  12. A Great friend, always there for you, will forever be in my thoughts

  13. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

  14. My sincere condolences to the Dowell family. Clyde was the last original of the Florida golf group. He effectively managed the group’s funds until his last trip. It was a joy to play in his group. He has passed the torch to me as the next OG. RIP, my friend!

  15. Sending my deepest sympathy and most heartfelt condolences to the family. May God grant you peace during this difficult time. Rest in Peace
    Krystal Heyward

  16. Our sincere condolences from the Hendrix Family. Clyde Dowell, a friend, a co-worker, a dedicated public servant who served the City and the people of Detroit with great care and professionalism. Remembered for his calm, quiet demeanor, he will be missed by all who knew him. RIP Clyde.

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