Allen Clyde McDowell
April 19, 1949 – June 1, 2018
New Harmony, Mississippi-Allen Clyde McDowell, passed away of acute respiratory failure at 69 years old on June 1st, 2018 in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Visitation will start at 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 4, 2018 with service to follow at 5:00 p.m. at United Funeral Service. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery. United Funeral Service will be in charge of the arrangements.
Clyde was born in New Kingston, Pennsylvania on April 19th, 1949, to Gwendolyn Jean Brunner and Norman Allen McDowell. At 12 years of age, Clyde moved to Mississippi with his mother, Jean, and his stepfather, Fieldon Terry. In Mississippi, Clyde graduated in 1968 from East Union in Blue Springs, Mississippi. After graduation, he was drafted by the U.S. Military to the Vietnam War where he served in the U.S. Army as a communications operator. After being honorably discharged from the army, Clyde developed a “hippie soul” and finished his Associates Degree at the Itawamba Community College where he studied drafting engineering. Clyde spent most of his professional career working as a product and research development engineer and retired from Wayne Dalton Garage Doors in Pensacola, Florida with 6 U.S. patents to his name.
Once retiring, Clyde spent most of his time creating folk art from recycled materials and became an active member of the Tallahatchie Arts Council (New Albany, Mississippi), often serving as a judge for local art exhibits. Clyde was also a supporting member and participant of the Union County Historical Society and he has a permanent piece of art displayed at the Union County Historical Museum in New Albany. If you’re lucky, you’ll see one of his totem poles standing tall in Blue Springs, Mississippi. He also has artwork on display at the Treehouse Gallery in Oxford, Mississippi. On top of making art, Clyde is a music enthusiast who has been collecting and selling LPs as a hobby for the past 20 years. When he was in Pensacola, Florida, he opened CRAMM music with his daughter Amy.
Clyde is survived by his loving wife, Ronda Rakestraw McDowell, his son Mark McDowell, his daughter Amy McDowell (and her spouse Alberto del Arco), his sister Diane Williams (Dannie Williams), his sister Janet Rhynes, his brother Junior Terry (Kathy Terry), and his stepfather Fieldon Terry, as well as several nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.
Memorial donations may be given in honor of Clyde McDowell to the Tallahatchie Arts Council (P.O. Box 584, New Albany, Mississippi, 38652) and the Union County Historical Society (P.O. Box 657, New Albany, Mississippi, 38652). The family of Clyde McDowell wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses, and staff at the North East Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, for taking such good care of Clyde as he struggled with a sudden onset of pulmonary fibrosis.
In honor of Mr. McDowell’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during the visitation and service.