Kelly Eugene McDowell was a decorated U.S. Army veteran | Obituary


Kelly Eugene McDowell

The funeral of Kelly Eugene McDowell, 72, will be held January 15 at 10 a.m. at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel with the Reverend Danny Turner officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mr. McDowell died on January 13.

Born February 16, 1949 in County Horry, he was the son of the late Kelly Hope McDowell and Ethel Mae McDowell. Mr. McDowell was a decorated US Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War. He served his country honorably and achieved the rank of sergeant, earning three bronze stars.

Along with his parents, Mr. McDowell was predeceased by a son, Billy Wayne McDowell; and his siblings, William “Charlie” David McDowell, Irene Rackley and Kelly McDowell Jr.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Priscilla Anne McDowell; one daughter, Crystal Lail and her husband Paul; grandchildren, Kelly Hansen and her husband Chase and Brandon Lail and his wife Madison; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Lail, Maddix Lomax and Waylon Lail; siblings, Doris Smith, Linda Gartner, Tommy McDowell, Paula Benton and Dennis McDowell; and many dear nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff and doctors at Mercy Hospice-Lower Cape Fear.

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Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel is making arrangements.


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