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John Herman McDow

(ROANOKE) The funeral for John Herman McDow, 83, of Roanoke will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Frank Sledge and Rev. Aaron McCollough officiating and Gregg Moore delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow at Randolph Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at Trinity Baptist Church from 5 to 8 pm on Monday.

Mr. McDow passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, at Traylor’s Nursing Center in Roanoke.

Mr. McDow was born Sept. 1, 1939, the son of John Clinton “Red” McDow and Louise Heard McDow. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church for more than 50 years. Mr. McDow was retired from Amoco Fabrics & Fibers after 30 years of dedicated service to the supply room.

John Herman McDow was a man who cast subtle influence and kept quiet ways. He could correct you, teach you and make you smile, all without you ever being aware he did it. He was a man of few words and usually led by example. Mr. McDow was known for his strong work ethic and sense of duty to his family and church. He was a practitioner of the lost art of being a gentleman. Mr. McDow had his own style, rarely found pleasure in travel, yet loved going to the mountains. His roots in Randolph County, Ala., where he found all he ever needed, ran deep.

Survivors include his daughter, Denise McDow Wilson (Greg) of Roanoke; son, Jon Keith McDow of West Point, Ga.; six grandchildren, Sophie McDow, Becca McDow, Maibyn Huey, Tanner Huey, Lindsey Wilson Sims (Josh) and Jeff Wilson (Emily); two great-grandchildren, Everett Sims and Jude Wilson; sister, Mary Frances McDow of Roanoke; and two brothers, James Kermit McDow (Pat) of Alex City and William Harvey McDow of Roanoke. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 56 years, Barbara Mitchell McDow.

Pallbearers will be nephews and cousins, Jamie McDow, Will McDow, Stephen Shelnutt, Kenny Heard, Jimmy Heard, Donnie Calhoun, David Heard and Dennis Heard.

Memorials may be floral, or the family suggests contributions to Trinity Baptist Church. Online condolences may be expressed at

Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.

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