December 11, 1916 ~ October 13, 2006

Born in: Buncombe County,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Col. (Ret.) Rex Dowtin, 89, of Forest Road, died Friday, October 13, 2006 at his residence. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Robert J. and Agnes Lillian Morgan Dowtin. He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, William and Alfred Dowtin. He attended Wake Forest University and was a graduate of the United States Air Force Air War College. Colonel Dowtin was a U.S. Air Force command pilot and combat veteran during World War II, retiring after 30 years of active duty. He previously worked as a realtor with Beverly Hanks. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Asheville and at one time a member of Biltmore Forest Country Club and a past president of the Asheville Board of Realtors. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mildred Mooneyham Dowtin; daughter, Lynn Dowtin of Leicester; son, Rex G. Dowtin of Asheville; brother James M. Dowtin of Arden and a granddaughter, Laura MacKenzie Dowtin who is a freshman at Clem-son University and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher. The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Saturday at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. Memorials may be made to Memory Care, 100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUR DEEPEST HEARTFELT SYMPATHIES TO THE DOWTIN FAMILY. PLEASE KNOW THAT CARING THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU NOW.

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  2. I will remember Col. Rex Dowtin as one of the greatest men I have had the good fortune to know. I always had such respect for him. He exhibited all the traits that make a great man in our society. His integrity and fairness was beyond reproach. His true concern for his family was one of his most touching attributes. He deeply loved his wife, Millie, and stood by to take care of her until his last breath. What a tribute to true love and commitment!! He was a concerned and caring father to his children, Rex and Lynn. They were lucky to have him. His love and pride in his granddaughter, Mackenzie, (my daughter) is something I will always treasure. Mackenzie was so proud to have him as her grandfather and considered him her ‘hero’. The love and loyalty to his brothers was also amazing. May the Dowtin family find peace in knowing that he is in heaven watching over them still. He has found peace in God’s loving arms. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love,
    Barbara Dowtin

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