B. Walter Dowdy, 74, of Newport departed this life Wednesday December 16, 2009 at Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg. Born in Giles County on June 3, 1935, he was a son of the late Bert and Elizabeth Williams Dowdy. He had been employed as a carpenter on construction and at VPI in Food Service. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Mary Atkins, and three brothers Alvin Dowdy, Bert Dowdy, Jr. and Bill Dowdy.
He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 50 years Louise Cumbee Dowdy; a son and daughter-in-law Walter Wayne and Patty Dowdy of Newport; three daughters and sons-in-law Frankie and Kenneth Kirk of Staffordsville, Sarah and Mike Martin of Pembroke, Kathy and Timmy Meredith of Pembroke; his seven grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren; his four step-grandchildren; his three step-great-grandchildren; his brothers Claude Dowdy of Newport and Marcus Dowdy of Salem; his sister Hazel Dowdy of Staunton.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11:00 AM in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke with Pastor Gary Poff and Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 6 to 8 PM. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com. .