Betty Jane Dowdy, 73, of the Hoges Chapel Community at Pembroke, departed this life Monday morning, March 14, 2011 at Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg. Born in Maybrook on May 3, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Orbie Lee and Pauline Atkins Cumbee. She was a devoted member of Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead, was retired as executive housekeeper for Marriott in Blacksburg and was a much beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her brother Donnie Cumbee.
She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband of fifty-five years, Jimmie B. Dowdy; her sons and daughters-in-law James B. and Carolyn Dowdy of Dugspur, David A. and Cathy Dowdy of Mt Lake, Gregory L. and Denise Dowdy of Pembroke, Anthony K. Dowdy of Bland; her brother Ronnie and wife Claudine Cumbee of Pembroke; her sisters and brothers-in-law Joann and Jimmie Harless of Ripplemead, Charlotte Hendrickson of Pembroke, Geneva and Cecil Robinette of Pembroke, Patty Sessor of Pembroke, Barbara and Jimmy Langford of Pembroke; her five grandchildren Ethan Bussey, Andrew Dowdy, Phillip Dowdy, Garrett Dowdy and Sydney Holmes-Dowdy.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2:00 pm at Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead with Pastor Shahn Wilburn and Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke, Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 pm. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.