Edna Earle Dowd PDF Print E-mail

Edna Earle Fant Dowd, 79, died Monday, August 6, 2018.  Edna Earle was born on May 23, 1939, to Thomas Maffett and Edna Elizabeth DuBose Fant.  She was baptized and confirmed at Silverstreet Lutheran Church.  She graduated from Silverstreet High School and Newberry College with a degree in Early Childhood Education.  In 1961 she married the late Reverend Hugh Wyman Dowd from Little Mountain, SC.  They have four children:  Maffett Warren Dowd of Charleston, Mrs. Brent Ashbaugh, William Wyman Dowd of Charleston, and Louisa Dowd Smith (Kevin) of Greenville, NC.  She was blessed with and delighted in her two grandchildren, Nicholas and Cameron Smith.  After raising her family, she spent over 25 years teaching in Charleston area pre-school programs, Holy Comforter Lutheran and Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic, until retirement.  When she retired to Little Mountain, she continued to teach in Holy Trinity Lutheran kindergarten for several years until she decided to spend more time with grandchildren and husband of over fifty years.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 8 from 5:00-6:30pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home in Newberry.

Celebration of life service will be held at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, Little Mountain, SC, on Thursday, August 9 at 1:00pm.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice, Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, or the Little Mountain Rescue Squad.

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#20 Dovie Franklin 2018-08-14 11:19
I'm blessed to have known Mrs.Edna and had her as a regular customer over the years at the jewelry store. Such a sweet lady- she will be deeply missed.
#19 Jenifer l Lake 2018-08-13 08:41
My prayers to the Dowd family. I am sure you have wonderful memories of Mrs Dowd. She taught my son Mark, at Blessed Sacrament. She was so loving and kind to my sweet active bouncy boy and treated him as her own. He was so excited when she came to his birthday party. She helped me immensely as well with “life” at that time. She will always have a special place in my heart.
#18 Brian Kinard 2018-08-09 21:13
I was very fond of Miss Dowd as my kindergarten teacher at Blessed Sacrament. She made me feel very comfortable when I did not want to leave my Mom. She always said hello to me years after and remembered my face as if she had taught me just Yesterday. May you find God’s peace. Brian
#17 Carol 2018-08-09 17:17
My deepest sympathy to the whole family especially to Earle Dowd and her family.
#16 lynda manos areheart 2018-08-09 11:39
I have lost one of my dearest friends in this world. There are no words to express my feeling of loss. May God grant her children courage, acceptance, and peace that passes all understanding.

We all give thanks for the years of service and sacrifice she and Wyman devoted to God.
#15 Carol 2018-08-08 19:40
Earle I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!
#14 Kim Derrick 2018-08-08 12:59
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy, love and prayers to all of "Miss" Edna Earle's and Pastor Dowd's family. They were a wonderful couple and such a pleasure to know. I especially got close to Miss Edna Earle during the time she and Pastor served Holy Trinity, Little Mountain. She and I stood side by side as we served our Lord by playing the handbells. She and I enjoyed many good times together and it was also always a joy to run into her and Pastor when they and I would be running errands ( anywhere between Newberry & Chapin). I know Heaven is rejoicing now that they are once again reunited.
Thoughts and Prayers from Our Family to Yours,

Kim & Ashleigh Derrick
Breanne (Derrick), Jeremy & Aubree Burns
#13 Marty Ruff 2018-08-08 12:24
So sorry to hear of Ms Edna’s passing.
One of the sweetest and friendliest ladies
I have known. She is back with Pops!
#12 Libby Wessinger 2018-08-08 10:19
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Edna Earle's family. She was such a wonderful lady that we got the pleasure of knowing when our oldest son attended Holy Trinity Preschool. She was wonderful with the kids and they loved her like their own grandmother. I hated when she retired before my middle child attended the preschool. The community has lost a wonderful lady. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
#11 JOHN V PUGH 2018-08-08 09:36
To the family of Edna Earle:
Please find comfort in the knowledge that we care and extend our Christian Love and support to each of you. I have known Edna Earle since our days at Newberry College. She was a very nice person.
John & Becky Pugh
#10 Kay Richardson 2018-08-08 08:48
Dowd family,my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you for your loss. May you get comfort from the words of this song at www.jw.org research Publications and click on Music and click on Sing Joyfully To Jehovah and click on song #144" Keep Your Eyes On The prize", click on and listen to words of promise.
#9 Becky Chapman 2018-08-08 08:16
Double Trouble That was our nickname at HTpreschool. What joy to know. Remember her from high school basketball. I had the privilege of reading her notes she make at the end of each school year. What a gift to the children she taught. Well Trouble, guess I will have to keep our legacy alive and get in double trouble until we meet again.
#8 Karen Winn 2018-08-08 06:53
My heart breaks to hear the passing of Ms.Edna Earl. She was such a loving Christian lady. Her and Pops was always special to my family due to Pops marrying my parents 57 years ago this Saturday. Heaven has definitely gained another Marvelous Angel. Pops and Ms
Edna Earl are together again. May God give her family peace and love during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Rodger and Karen Winn
#7 Debbi Politano 2018-08-07 21:23
Ms. Dowd was one of the rarest of people. She had an incredible understanding of children, always meeting them where they were. She gave me the best advice ever when my daughter was young, telling me that what children need most from us is our time. I have always been so greatful that she came into our lives. I know that she is now an angel in heaven. She was always an angel here on earth.
#6 Allison 2018-08-07 21:05
I'm so sad & sorry to see this about Mrs Dowds passing. She was like a second mother to me all through college. I loved spending time at her home. Sending condolences to her family
#5 Carolyn Allen 2018-08-07 19:18
Louisa and family David and I send our prayers and love for the lost of your precious mother. She was a wonderful person and I know your heart is broken.Just know we love you and are thinking about your whole family. Much love ❤️ from us
#4 rick & becky trapp 2018-08-07 15:49
Pops and Edna Earle were very dear to our hearts. Though we hadn't known them for long, they always brighten our Sunday mornings.
#3 Lisa Enslin 2018-08-07 14:10
My condolences to all of you. I have fond memories of being in her Sunday School class years ago. I know she and Pastor Dowd are comforted being together again.
#2 cindi lipsey koon 2018-08-07 13:08
Ms Edna Earl was such a sweet lady and an amazing neighbor. I shared many afternoon talks on her front porch as I would walk by her house and she would always speak and invite me to come chat . she will be greatly missed . sending lots of prayer to the family .
#1 Gina Ratliff 2018-08-07 09:42
I am so sad to learn of Edna Earle's passing. She is one of my most favorite people and I know that there will never be another blessing quite like her. My sympathies to her family and friends.