James Cleveland Dowdy was born December 28, 1930, at Franklin, TX, the youngest child of Andrew C. and Ella (Simmons) Dowdy. Because his mother passed away shortly after his birth, and his caretaker grandmother also soon passed, at the age of one month James was placed in the home of George and Mary Frances (Dunn) Harrison at Wheelock, TX, where he was raised. After graduation from Franklin High School, he immediately went to work for Western Union. He worked for the company in several cities and then was moved to the downtown Austin office, from which he retired in 1985. James passed away in Austin at the age of 86 years on January 30, 2017.
During the Korean War, James served his country in the U. S. Air Force. A special interest in Chinese antiquity and artwork provided him a lifetime hobby, much happiness, several friendships, and a fine collection, which has been enjoyed by many friends and family members. He was a member of the Wheelock Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Austin, and served as a volunteer at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin for over 13 years.
James is survived by one sister, Freda Lange of Texas City, TX; and one foster brother, George (and Dorothy G.) Harrison Jr. of Austin, TX; several nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as a number of longtime friends including Vonzo Tolbert of Austin, Armando Martinez and Alvar Olivares of San Antonio.
A Visitation will be held on Friday, February 3 from 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home (South), 2620 South Congress Ave., Austin. Graveside Funeral Services will be conducted by Rev. Roy Bohrer of Austin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 4 at the Wheelock Cemetery, Wheelock, TX, where James will be laid to rest next to his foster parents.
Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.