Jimmy Dowdy

Jimmy Dowdy

Jimmy Trafton Dowdy, 77, of 199 Dowdy’s Bay Road, Grandy, NC died Monday, November 25, 2013 in the Norfolk Sentara General Hospital, Norfolk, VA.  Mr. Dowdy was born in Grandy, NC on July 19, 1936 to the late William Griggs Dowdy and the late Eunice Grandy Dowdy.  He was a retired owner/operator of a floor covering company and was a U. S. Army veteran.

Mr. Dowdy is survived by his wife, Jackie Wilson Dowdy of the home, three daughters, Sherri Brodil and husband, Jeff of Grandy, NC, Terri Griggs and husband William of San Jose, CA, and Kerri Kennedy Johnson and husband, Tony of Grandy; one sister, Judy Griggs and husband, Billy of Virginia Beach, VA.  Also, he is survived by his seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

A service of remembrance will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013, at 2:00pm in Twiford Memorial Chapel, Church Street, by Minister Dennis Crehan.  The family will receive friends and relatives in the lobby of the funeral home immediately following the chapel service.  Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Dowdy family.  Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at www.twifordfh.com.

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  1. Sandy Richardson

    Jackie, Kerri, Kyle, and family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. In the little windows of time I had the privilege of sharing with Jim, he came to mean a great deal to me. He will always have a special place in my heart as do you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I love you all very very much.

  2. sheila rose tyler

    Jackie, Kerri and family
    I am sorry for your loss. Jimmy was so much fun! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    God’s blessings,

  3. Barbara 'Bobbi' Gormley and family

    Jackie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was one of my favorite 1st cousins. He always had a smile and an upbeat attitude. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. He had a good soul and a kind heart. I’m sure he’s in a better place now. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. Bobbi

  4. Nicki and her boys

    Mandy, and family, sorry for your loss, Hugs, Prayers and Love your way, may God put his arms around you and hold you.

  5. Sharon Waff

    Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. He was such a fun loving full of himself kind of person. He was always kind to be during some rough times in my life. Hope to see you soon. Love you all!

  6. Buck Williams

    Jimmy was a very good friend of mind going to miss him alot & very funny guy also. sorry for your lost .

  7. Delores Myers

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you ,Jackie & The family. Remember we’re only a phone call away.
    Delores & David

  8. Mike Kerley

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I haven’t see Jim in years but remember are times together like yesterday. Jim was the one to introduce me into the Cheasapeake dog world. And I know Jim is headed to be with his Chessies. I wish you all the best in these tough times.

    Take care
    Mike Kerley

  9. Carolyn Simpson

    Sorry about your loss. A very good friend .We went to school toghther. Going to miss him. May God be you and your family.Carolyn

  10. Judy, Laura, Rob and Curt + families All

    Jackie, Sherri, Terri, Kerri + Families
    A virtual lifetime of memories will live on. In 1960 we met, young and eager with our dreams. We worked, played, kids played-53 yrs-all in all a good life many people never experience. Jim, you will leave a BIG hole in all of our lives as you were a “One of A kind” kinda guy! Go do your thing Jim, and give Buddy and those who left earlier a welcome hug from all of us here on Earth.

  11. Chris Hooper

    I’m sorry for the loss of Mr. Jimmy. He was a true friend. First time I helped him at the store I was scared to death. He was a rough man but, truly he was a great person. Thanks for the great chats. May God bless you all. He loved you all. Chris

  12. Judy Wilson

    Dearest Jackie, Sherri, Terri, Kerri and all your families.

    You know how my Jack loved you girls, but Jim went the extra mile for all of you.

    Jack and Jim drank some beers and laid some floors in their day. Wonder if they are working together now?

    To me, Jim was always his own person, treating me with respect and making me laugh!

    Love you, Judy

  13. Fred Sargent

    We had lots of fun , will miss him.My condolences and prayers are with Jackie and family. Sincerely Fred &Pam Ocala Fl.

  14. Donna Kelez

    Dear Jackie and Girls,
    Bobby and his family are here for Thanksgiving and he came in my room this morning telling me he saw Jim’s obituary in the paper. What a shock! I am so sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts and prayers. We have so many memories to remember the good times. Jim coaching Bobby Sox, camping at the Delta with the Kirks and Dawson’s. It was all great fun. Take care Jackie.
    Love, Donna and family

  15. Becky and C.A. Howard

    To all of Jimmy’s beloved family,
    CA and I were so fortunate to know Jimmy and call him our friend. He always had a good word to share with us, and he made me laugh. I know there will be difficult days ahead, but I hope the good memories will help to sustain all of you. God bless you and wrap His loving arms around you.

  16. Sherrel & Penny Kirk

    It has been a long time since we made memories together with the Dowdy’s, but will always remember Jim and the whole family fondly and with a smile. We still have Chesapeakes and one is a direct descendant from Jim.

    Time will bring you some comfort and know that many friends are sharing your loss – including the Kirk’s.

    Penny, Sherrel & Randy

  17. Ruthie Wilson Anderson

    Jackie and family,
    I was very sorry to read about Jim in the San Jose paper, too close to losing Jack also. Just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and in my heart during this difficult time. Even though it has been so many years since I have seen you all, I do remember you with great fondness. Take care.

  18. frenchie

    I met jimmy when I worked for r=w floorsin Campbell in earlier years we were all simple men. weworked side by side sometimes we even went out after dinner and did another job.he taught me a lot about floor coverings.when he started up custom floors by dowdy he placed me in charge superviseing the crews and opening and closeing the shop.i started my own business when jimmy moved back to north caralina.he was my big brother and I was his little brother.we went duck hunting together in fact jimmy went with me when I bought my first shotgun which I still have.i was blessed to have jimmy as a mentor and a friend. I will miss you brother jim. frenchie..

  19. Robbie

    Jim Not to say goodbye I’ll still be talking to you Known you for a long time You taught me more than just a trade We spent thousands of hours together In my 54 years Lotta good times and a lot Of fun I’ve known you since I was in diapers i think back about the job sites we were on Especially the one where you were going to show me how to seem some carpet Did the door Seem set the Iron down We went out to the truck while the Seem cooled Came in a little while later And we both smell smoke You didn’t put the iron in the tray I said what are we going to do You said if I didn’t know Then I should be a floorman I said Jim the burners in the old carpet Where you going to get that He smiled at me Went into the closet and pushed over a filing cabinet Cut out a piece of carpet And handed it to me You said let’s see you Pat kind of piece of carpet out and handed it to me You said let me see you Pachi It boy I did the same was perfect and I learned a valuable lesson that day Don’t never bet against Jim dowdy He taught me a lot But I don’t need to Thank him Because he already knows Memories riding in the Jeep Pulling weeds all day for an ice cream cone Throwing horseshoes by the burn pit Him straighten me out When I screwed up This man I will never forget I could go on forever Or at least 54 years I’ll be talking to you And will see you again Keep the Fire burning And give dad a hug

  20. Roy & Judy Fuller

    Jackie, Sherri & Terri

    Jim was one of the best kind hearted person we knew. Roy has so many great memories of Jim, there jobs together roy still talks about. Jackie you were Jim’s life and he was yours. You will always have such great memories of your life together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jackie. We loved Jim very much, his laughter, kindness and his honesty. Jim was such a special person, knowing him made your life better. See you soon for coffee on Dowdy bay. that’s a promise.

    Love you Jackie,
    Roy & Judy

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