Benjamin Dan Dowis

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Benjamin Dan Dowis, 82, of 14 Sandon Drive, Asheville, died Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at the Hospice Solace Center. Mr. Dowis was born in Lavonia, GA, and was a son of the late John Young Dowis and Mattie Margaret Whitworth Dowis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Brown Dowis, who died in 1988. Mr. Dowis was an Army veteran of WW II and retired with 32 1/2 years of federal service, having worked with the Navy Yard, Army, Forest Service, Post Office and Weather Records. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Surviving are his daughter, Joan Dowis Justice and her husband Doug of Greensboro; his son, John W. Dowis and his wife Anne of Mooresville; his granddaughter, Katherine L. (Kathy) Justice; his dearest friend, Mary Giles; three nieces, Edie Burgin and her husband Sam of Wagram, Pat Stillwell and her husband Butch of Candler, and Betsy Silver and her husband Dennis of Asheville; four nephews, Robert H. (Bob) Dowis and his wife Stella of Wilmington, Charles Dowis and his wife Gail of Charlotte, Joe Shirley and his wife Geneva of Lavonia, GA and Fred Shirley of Royston, GA, and several great-nieces and nephews and cousins. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Harry L. “Skipper” Watwood and Chaplain Butch Stillwell at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Green Hills Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 223 Hillside Street, Asheville, NC 28801, or to one’s favorite charity.

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  1. I am a co-worker of John Dowis and want to send my condolences to John and his family during this difficult time. John is a pleasure to work with and I know his father would be proud of him. Thank you, Dorothy L Williams (Avaya, Inc)

  2. John, While I understand that you will miss having your father physically near, he will always be close in your memories. He is at peace and I hope you are too.

  3. Although I didn’t know Mr. Dowis, I worked closely with his nephew Charlie at the Enka Plant for a number of years. My sincerest condolences to the family and close friends.
    Frank Scott
    Retired Enka Nylon Plant Manager

  4. Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one. I graduated from high school with Joan, and just wanted to take this opportunity to say hello, and let you know that you are in my thoughts.

    Nancy Kemp Day (Lee Edwards Class of 1965)

  5. I met Mr. Dowis at Aston Park Health Center. His room was next to my daddy’s (Tony Hollar). Mr. Dowis was a nice man and I am honored to have met him. Ms. Giles I am so sorry for you and I know you will miss him. Joan, when we talked one night he told me his daughter’s name was Joan. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Joan Hollar Gosnell

  6. My parents, J.D. and Stella Glenn attended church at St Pauls with Dan for many years.I knew him ferom church and always found him to be a gentleman with enough time to share with a kid and a teen ager. Sorry I was out of town or I would certainly have attended his services. My condolence to his friends and family………..

  7. My prayers go out to the family. I only wish I could’ve come to visit before now. Dan was a dear friend of my mother and step-father as well as my children and I. We will all miss him dearly!
    Jennifer, Shannon, Todd, Ty, & Tate
    William, Joyce, & Jamie

  8. Mike is Fred Shirley’s oldest son. Teresa met Dan and Mary in 1998 or 1999. He was a kind person and it was easy to see the family resemblance between he and Fay Dowis Shirley (Dan’s sister and Fred’s mom); and even in Fred, and Ethan Shirley (Fred’s oldest grandson). Mike never had the privilege to meet Dan; however, we do look forward to seeing both Dan and Fay in Heaven one day. In the meantime, our condolences to your family and especially to Mary Giles.

    Teresa and Mike Shirley
    Bowersville, Georgia

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