Tifton Gazette


March 22, 2014

Buford G. Dowdy

SYLVESTER — Buford G. Dowdy, 83, of Sylvester died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at his residence. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Dr. Ben Bush will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Banks Funeral Home.

Mr. Dowdy was born on April 2, 1930 in Crisp County to the late William Jackson and Littie Hollingsworth Dowdy. He started his banking career with the Bank of Worth and later became a bank examiner.

He was formerly employed with Commercial Bank of Dade City, Fla. as an executive vice president. Mr. Dowdy had lived in Sylvester since 1969 and was the former owner/operator of Dowdy Motors. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church, where he taught the Buford Dowdy Sunday school class for many years. He also taught prison ministry at the Worth County Work Camp for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Wanell Pearce Dowdy of Sylvester; a son, David J. Dowdy (Betty Ann) of Sylvester; grandchildren, Allison Parsons (Randy) and Jeffrey Dowdy (Kansas); great-grandchildren, Branan, Rand, Paige and Cullie Parsons; and sisters, Wilma Branch of Jacksonville, Lounell Dorminey of Cordele and Ruth Moore of Cordele.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Dowdy was preceded in death by his brothers, Glen Dowdy, Edward Dowdy, W.T. Dowdy and Grady Dowdy.

For those desiring, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 309, Sylvester, GA. 31791, or United Hospice of Cordele, 708 16th Ave. E., Cordele, GA 31015.

Please sign the online guest registry at www.banksfh.com.

Banks Funeral Home in Sylvester is in charge of arrangements.

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