CHARLESTON - Jerry David McDowell II, 37, died July 4, 2004, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Born Feb. 6, 1967, in Jackson, Miss., son of Jerry David and Maxine Jackson McDowell of Charleston, he attended Charleston R-1 Public Schools and graduated with honors in 1985. While attending Harvard University, where he studied English, McDowell had written feature articles for the Enterprise Courier in Charleston. McDowell was a grant writer for the Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center in East Prairie and had worked as an assistant English teacher and assistant alternative school director for Charleston R-1 Public Schools. He had also served as a consultant to Mission Missouri in Sikeston, the Pemiscot Initiative Network, Caruthersville Boys and Girls Club and Kids Beat and had also held professional positions with the Chrysler Corporation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Chicago Board of Trade and the Kettering Foundation.
A former chairman of Southeast Missouri Weed and Seed Inc., McDowell had served on the Charleston Weed and Seed Steering Committee Executive Board, Mississippi County Nutrition Center Board of Directors, Southeast Missouri Workforce Investment Board and the Charleston Boys and Girls Club. He was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston, Southeast Missouri State University Presidential Commission on Minority Affairs, Bootheel Healthy Start Fathers First Consortium and Southeast Missouri Interagency Committee.
Survivors in addition to his parents include: one brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Juri and Komo McDowell of New York City; one sister and brother-in-law, Tracy and Jerry Watt, of Memphis, Tenn.; two nieces, Maya Watt and Sona McDowell; one nephew, Cameron Watt; five aunts and their husbands, Laura Jackson, Dora and Willie Walker, Essie and Kelly Wall, Dorothy Streeter, and Elvira and William Yancy; four uncles and their wives, Sylvester and Geraldine Jackson, Willie and Betty McDowell, Oscar and Norma Jean McDowell and Alex Jackson; and one godchild, Jasmine Jackson.
Other survivors include an extended family of good friends: George and Mary Ann DeMyers and family; Sam and Portia Zellars and family; Willie and Myrtle Fitzgerald and family; and Lennies and Willie Mae McFerren and family.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Essie Jackson and Oscar and Mable McDowell.
Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Williams Funeral Home in Charleston.
Services will be conducted at noon Friday at the First Baptist Church in Charleston with the Rev. Willie J. McDowell officiating.
Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery near Charleston.
may be sent to the
Jerry D. McDowell Jr.
c/o Susanna Wesley
Family Learning Center
P.O. Box 294
East Prairie, MO 63845