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“Hey Papa I'm just stopping bye to say i love you and i miss you im going to change its just hard not to see you here i love you. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Rayanna McDowell - san pedro, CA

“Hey Daddy, Just wanted you to know how much I love you and will miss you. Your Rosary was beautiful. The Knights of Columbus did you justice I...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Sheryn Roux - San Pedro,, CA

“Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, The evidence of things not seen Heb11:1 God knows best. Sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Mr.& Mrs. Eugene Toliver - Corona, CA

“The Gospel According to MATTHEW Chapter 25 Verse 21 ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Bob - Pedro, CA

“Dwayne and the entire McDowell Family, Please accept my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Father, Grandfather, Great...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Bob Costales - San Pedro, CA

“To the McDowell Family, My condolences go out to each and everyone of you. I can't tell you how saddened I was to hear of the loss of your Dad. He's...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Sylvia Gonzales - San Pedro, CA


James McDowell was born in University, Georgia to Jake McDowell and Jeanie Johnson. He was raised by his Uncle Jay and Aunt Beulah McDowell in Reidsville, Georgia. He entered the Navy in 1952 served on the USS Saint Paul for ten years. When stationed in Long Beach, James would come to San Pedro on leave where he met his wife Lonie McDowell of 58 years. After leaving the Navy he made San Pedro, CA his permanent residence. He had numerous jobs to support his family, worked as a custodian for Barton Hill Elementary, and a substitute teacher for Compton School District. James entered the US Postal Service as a Letter Carrier where he retired after 27 years in 1992. Worked for Ego Guard Services as a security guard supervisor, over American Presidential Line Trucking Co. He was a Devoted Catholic, usher at St. Peter's Catholic Church, member of The Knights of Columbus, and Sacred Heart of Jesus for many years. James was a loving husband to Lonie, a wonderful and loving father to seven Children. Daughters Sheryn McDowell, Paulette McDowell, son Dwayne McDowell(wife Theresa) of San Pedro, CA, daughters Lucy McDowell of Carson, CA, Marilyn Coley (husband Eric) of Long Beach, CA, Francesca Turner (husband Ken) of San Pedro, CA, and Desiree Sankey (Husband Dwight) of Compton, CA. He was an amazing grandfather to 19 wonderful grandchildren Kishaundra, Arthur Jr., Jenel, Albert, Melvin (Angela), Vanessa (Lance), Jamal (Ilene), Anjanette (AJ), Dwayne ll, Nicole, Sarya, Nijia, Kristen, Daezon, Rayanna, Eric, Dwight lll, Jasmine, and David. He was Also a great –papa to 19 plus great grandchildren. He also leaves behind sister Mary Brooks, brothers Cornell Jackson, Jake Jr. and Cornelius McDowell. As well as many friends and children he adopted into the family. After battling with cancer for 14 years, he passed away Thursday afternoon in the comfort of his family at home. He is now at peace with our Lord. The viewing will be held at McNerney's Mortuary in San Pedro on Wednesday, from 1-5 p.m. Following is the Rosary at Mary Star of the Sea at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be on Thursday, April 25 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church followed by interment at All Souls Cemetery. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of James Edward McDowell.

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