John Russell McDowell

March 11, 1939 - November 27, 2021
John Russell McDowell

John Russell McDowell age 82 of Carolina Beach passed away Saturday, November 27, 2021.

He was born in Wilmington, NC on March 11, 1939, to the late Roy Russell McDowell and Annie Elmore McDowell Putnam.

John was a proud veteran of the US Navy serving from 1959 to 1963 aboard the USS Boxer.
He was retired as a professional Draftsman, working in the design of Power Plants including the Power Plant in Southport for CP&L. He was an active member of the Jehovahs Witness, Long Leaf Congregation spreading the word about God’s Kingdom. He and his wife were well known for their greenhouse and gardens growing vegetables, flowers, shrubs, and trees, which they shared with many friends. He enjoyed boating and fishing in his leisure time.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elda Leona Phillips McDowell; two daughters, Caroline Autry (Carl), and Roxsanna Rusher (Rick); one sister, Kathy McDowell Bennett (Bob); grandson, Jason Autry and great-grandson Lance Autry; two nieces, April Turner and Tina Clemmons; one nephew, Rusty.

Preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Roy Russell (Ricky) McDowell and Zane McDowell.

Family memorial service will be 1 pm Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the Federal Point Cemetery, Carolina Beach.

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  • December 02, 2021
    Carla Whitman says:
    Caroline, I send my deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Dad. Prayers for strength and comfort.

  • December 04, 2021
    Imogean Jones says:
    Elda and family--I am sorry for your loss. When the Kingdom Hall was being built on Carolina Beach Road--Johnny was a shuttle driver. If the passengers were not local, he took the opportunity to share some local history of the area. He had an enjoyable and delightful time doing this and the listeners came away with some useful knowledge.