(ROANOKE) Funeral services for James Kermit McDow, 78, of Alexander City, formerly of Roanoke were held on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Frank Sledge, the Rev. Aaron McCollough, and the Rev. Chad Middlebrooks officiating and Dr. Ben Character delivering the eulogy. Burial followed at Randolph Memory Gardens.

Mr. McDow passed away on Thursday, Nov. 24, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Patricia Rooks McDow of Alexander City; one daughter, Kerri Cline (Donald) of Dayton, Texas; one son, James McDow, Jr., (Melissa) of Oxford; four grandchildren, Clinton Kyle Bryant, Katlyn Olivia Swearingen, Abigail Jo Arias, and James Willis McDow; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Frances McDow of Roanoke; and one brother, William Harvey McDow of Roanoke.

Pallbearers were Kyle Bryant, Will McDow, Greg Wilson, Paul Heard, Jimmy Heard, Kenny Heard, Donnie Calhoun, and Chuck Calhoun.

A Randolph County native, Mr. McDow was born on Jan. 29, 1944, the son of John Clinton “Red” and Louise Heard McDow. He was a man of strong faith and a hard worker within his church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Alexander City. Mr. McDow was a man who was NEVER at a loss for words and was always ready with a friendly word of encouragement. He worked as a beloved high school math teacher for more than 25 years before retiring, and influenced more students than he ever knew. After his retirement from the education profession, he began a second career in the field of radiology. Mr. McDow was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle. He never seemed to grasp how much good he brought to those who were blessed enough to have known him. He was always loving and always loved. Mr. McDow was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Mary Louise McDow; and one brother, John Herman McDow.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.quattlebaumfuneralhome.com

Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.

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