McDowell, James Ambrose – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon

The Rev. James Ambrose McDowell, 83, of North Powder, died July 10, 1995 at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bethel Full Gospel Church in North Powder. Pastor James Cornelius will officiate. Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Friends Cemetery at Marian. Pastor E.E. Blackmon of the Parkrose Deliverance Tabernacle will officiate at the graveside.

The Rev. McDowell was born January 29, 1912, in Cedar Glades, Arkansas, to John and Mary Elizabeth McDowell. He was raised and educated in Arkansas and came to Oregon in 1939. He married Nora Alice in Vancouver, Washington, on April 3, 1939. This year they observed their 56th wedding anniversary.

He worked as a millwright in the timber industry and also as a welder in the shipyards during World War II. He moved to Humbolt County, California, in 1950 from Brownsville. He came to North Powder in 1987 and purchased property and a building in 1988 which he converted into the Bethel Full Gospel Church where his service will be held. He had been active in the Pentacostal churches and was a member of the Full Gospel Fellowship.

Survivors include his wife, Nora Alice McDowell of North Powder, two children, Milly Simonsen of Portland and John McDowell of McKinleyville, Californian; a brother, Victor Oral McDowell of Lawton, Oklahoma; two sister, Rule Miller of Jesseville, Arkansas, and Rado Bayles of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a sister-in-law, Jackie McDowell of Redding, California; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitations will be until 8 o’clock tonight at the Monroe Mortuary, 1950 Place St.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Full Gospel Church through the Monroe Mortuary.

Source: Baker Democrat Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 12, 1995, page 2
Contributed by: Sue Wells


White, Judy Wallis. Union County, Oregon Obituaries. Published by Copyright 1999-2013, all rights reserved.

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