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Malcolm Mack Dowden

June 10, 1934 June 10, 2016
Malcolm Mack Dowden
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Obituary for Malcolm Mack Dowden

Malcolm "Mac" D. Dowden Sr. 2/10/1929 " 6/10/2016 Job 1:21 ""the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." A homegoing and celebration of the life of Malcolm "Mac" D. Dowden Sr. will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Walnut Hill United Pentecostal Church of 192 Walnut Hill Rd. Leesville, LA. His wife and family will receive friends and visitors from 12 p.m. until the time of services. They will also receive friends and visitors from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday, June 13, 2016 at the church. Interment will follow at the Antioch Baptist Church cemetery in the Slagle community. Services will be officiated by the Reverends J.B. Yielding, Dale Mortensen and Louis E. Robertson. Malcolm "Mac" D. Dowden Sr. was born on February 10, 1929 in Peason, LA. He passed from this life on June 10, 2016 in Alexandria, LA at the age of 87 years and 4 months. The man who answered to Malcolm, Bro. Mac, Daddy and Papa answered to a greater calling on the afternoon of June 10th as he heard his Lord Jesus beckon him to come Home. He crossed over Jordan very peacefully while surrounded by his favorite people in the world; his beloved family. The precious, undeniable peace of the Holy Ghost filled the room as his family praised God for the years that they had with who they call "a man with big shoes to fill." His parents moved to Slagle in his childhood, and with the exception of temporarily relocating several times for work, he was a lifelong resident of Vernon Parish and the Slagle community. He was a veteran of the US Navy and was retired from federal civil service work at Fort Polk after just over 22 years as a journeyman sheet metal worker. He was an avid and skilled hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman and gardener. If you wanted to get him going just start talking about reeling in a fish or killing a deer. He"d crack a grin and away he"d go with a good story. As a matter of fact, he had circled on his 2016 calendar the week of June 19 through 26 as the week to "catch big bream." Even in his older age, and despite being ill, he planted his spring garden this year. That"s who he was. To be stuck inside the house was a curse in his opinion. Anyone who knew him knew that he was a worker. If there was something to be done you didn"t complain, you just got it done. He was knowledgeable and highly skilled in multiple trades including electrical, carpentry and the sheet metal industry. Another passion of his was to be cooking something. He thoroughly enjoyed it and was outstanding at it. In many people"s opinion you just could not find better gumbo, brisket, BBQ chicken or tomato gravy than Mac Dowden"s. He was also involved in many charitable activities during his life to include being a member of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, N.H. Bray Lodge #208 of Slagle. In 1952 he met the woman who would become his companion for life and on March 20, 1953 Joyce Beebe of Sharp, LA became Mrs. Joyce Dowden. He would be her faithful husband for the next 63 years. When he agreed to love, honor and cherish her he meant every word of it. He took care of her, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren until the end. He was a champion of men. He certainly loved his wife, children and family. And he thoroughly enjoyed his hobbies and extracurricular activities. But without a doubt the most cherished matter to him was his relationship with Jesus. He would tell you today that the single most important moment of life occurred on the night of July 20, 1965 whenever he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost during a revival at the First United Pentecostal Church of Leesville, La. Over the next five decades he was a faithful saint of God. For over fifty years he was member of the Walnut Hill United Pentecostal Church while serving as Sunday school teacher, board member and elder during portions of that time. Pall bearers will be Ben Pollock, Jeremy Pollock, Johnathon Twitero, Alex Herbert, Kim Pollock, Daniel Ray Owens, Harlis "Buck" Beebee, and Kary Beebee. Honorary pall bearer will be Troy Pollock Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Dowden. As well as his brother, Jimmy Dowden. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mrs. Joyce E. Dowden. Sister: Jeanette Dowden Gill of Slagle Sister: Jerry Dowden Sneler of Leesville Daughter: Cindy Twitero and husband David of Newport News, Virginia Daughter: Cheryl Dowden Pollock of Slagle Son: Malcolm "Macky" Dowden II and wife Rebecca of Slagle Grandchildren: Jonathan Twitero of Newport News, VA; Holly Mathieu and husband Andre of Chesapeake, VA; Ben Pollock and wife Tandi of Slagle; Jeremy Pollock of Slagle; Brooke Hebert of Slagle; Alex Hebert of Slagle; Madison Hebert of Slagle 6 great-grandchildren as well numerous extended family members and in-laws. Pall bearers: Ben Pollock, Jeremy Pollock, Johnathon Twitero, Alex Hebert, Kim Pollock, Daniel Ray Owens, Harlis "Buck" Beebe, and Kary Beebe. Honorary pall bearers: Troy Pollock Sr. and David Twitero. The perfect summary of the life of Mac Dowden is found in the words of the Apostle Paul in II Timothy 4:7, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."

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