|Birth: ||Oct. 17, 1929|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 2003|
JESS DOWDYOKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. Jess A. Dowdy, born October 17, 1929 in Greenville, Mississippi, passed away on Tues day, October 7, 2003 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Jess was a graduate of Greenville High School and Vanderbilt University with a degree in Mechanical Engi neering in 1951. He was a devoted member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. His first position was with Wright Air Devel opment Center in Dayton, Ohio. Later, he started his own Engineering Company in Washing ton D.C. He was then with Douglas Aircraft Company in the Cocoa Beach, Florida area. In 1960 he was employed by the Boeing Company at Cape Canaveral/Kennedy in Florida as Engineering Manager on the Minuteman Launch Test Pro gram. He was Pad Coordinator for the first Minuteman launch at Cape Canaveral. He was also Engineering Manager on the Re-entry Systems Pro grams. He lived in Cocoa Beach, Florida for fifteen years and transferred to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California as Chief Engineer on the Minute man and Re-Entry Systems Program. Then after moving to Seattle, Washington, he was the Surveillance Manager for directing the Minuteman Hardness Program in assessing the nuclear hardness of the Minuteman System. He was so happy when Boeing transferred him to Greenville, Miss. as the A-6 Re- Wing Manager responsible for setting up a modification center for installing new technology wings on the A-6 Airplanes. He couldnt believe that he was able to go back to his home town. His last Boeing employment was the Manager responsible for coordinating Bomber Program activities at TAFB in Oklahoma City. He retired in 1995 from Boeing after 35 years of service. Jesss laughter and wonder ful sense of humor will be remembered by everyone who knew him. He represented what a true southern gentleman is. He was married to his loving wife for 42 years and the bond between them has been so strong that death does not take him away. Happiness and laughter has filled their home with friends and family. They truly had a beautiful marriage and both knew they were blessed to have found each other. He is survived by his wife, Rosanne; mother, Hixie O. Dowdy of Woodbury, Tenn.; sister, Diane Wilson; and cousins, Jane Gaffin, Amanda Oliver, Syd Oliver and Thelma Oliver. His father, Jess Aubrey Dowdy died in 1962. Maternal grandparents were Jim and Nettie Oliver of Woodbury, Tennessee. Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Best, Frank Baird, Ron Cunningham, Bill Jeffery, Lt. Col. John Miller, Stan Ingram, Richard Calvetto, Rev. Jack Downey, Owen Nichols, Phil Atkinson and Syd Oliver, Frank Curtis. At the request of Jess and his family, donations in lieu of flowers should be made in his name to the Salvation Army. Memorial Services were held at Vondel Smith Mortuary 13124 N. MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City at 1:00 p.m. Thursday October 9, 2003. Visitation will be held at Jennings and Ayers Funeral Home in Murfreesboro, Ten nessee from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2003 and 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Saturday October 11, 2003. A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Woodbury, Tennessee at 2:00 p.m. on October 11, 2003.
Jesse Aubrey Dowdy (1894 - 1963)
Hixie Oliver Dowdy (1908 - 2011)
Created by: Ruth Dowdy-McArthur
Record added: Oct 26, 2012
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