Jerry Lee McDowell was born on September 17, 1949 to Emerson Luther McDowell and Reatha Jeanette Williams, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the third of seven children. While still a toddler, the family moved to Dallas, Texas, where he spent the remainder of his life, always feeling a closeness to the city and state that he called his own. He attended Bryan Adams High School, and afterwards, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served two tours in the Vietnam conflict with the “ Electric Strawberry “ 25th Infantry Division, based in Cu Chi, Vietnam, the central location of the underground tunnel system that was developed by the Viet Cong. His brothers-in-arms nicknamed him “ The Texan “, a name he proudly displayed on his boonie hat. He was discharged as an E5 Specialist. For the rest of his life, he held a fondness for the service he did our great country, and was seldom seen in the last decade without his favorite Vietnam Veteran hat.
He is survived by his two sons, Jason Bart and Clinton Scott McDowell, and his only daughter, Leigh Meredith Aguilar, his first wife of 28 years, Melissa Malone Crowell, his widow, Susana Lopez McDowell, and seven grandchildren, as well as his three sisters, Shirley, Linda and Brenda, and his youngest brother, Eddie.
Jerry was a loving father, son, grandfather and brother, a hard-working, humorous and charming man who instilled these same values in his children. He was quick-witted and highly intelligent, and was known for being a bedrock of solace and support during difficult situations in his loved one’s lives.
Jerry Lee McDowell moved into the loving embrace of all his family and friends that had passed before him on August 27, 2020 at 6 PM. The lives and hearts that he touched in his seventy years on this earth will remember him with great love, admiration and respect.
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