Evelyn McLelland Dowell

Posted at 5:41 PM on Feb 26, 2019


Evelyn McLelland Dowell, 82, of Statesville, N.C., went into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

Born on June 27, 1936, in Iredell County, she was the daughter of the late Gaston Lawrence McLelland and Madge Tilley McLelland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William McLelland.

Evelyn was a lifetime and faithful member of Mountain View United Methodist Church. She spent her career managing the family business, Dowell’s Auto Parts, which was located on Front Street in downtown Statesville. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and canning vegetables, and traveling across America with the love of her life, W.T. Dowell. Most of all, she cherished spending time with her family.

Evelyn is survived by her beloved husband of 63 years, “William Thomas “W.T.” Dowell; sons, Brad (Jodi) Dowell and Kim (Karen) Dowell; brothers, Jack (Liza) McLelland, Ron (Paula) McLelland and Roger (Kathy) McLelland; sisters, Lona Brown, Fran (Jim) King, and Brenda (Tommy) Rumple; special family friend, Eula McLelland; grandchildren, Jennifer (fiancé, David Morrison) Dowell and Shane (Kelly) Staley; great-grandchildren, Skylar Morrison, Bryson Morrison and Emma Staley, who will all miss her dearly.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on March 2, 2019, at Mountain View United Methodist Church with Rev. Sarah Fisher officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625 and/or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Chapter, 4600 Park Rd #250, Charlotte, NC 28209

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bunchjohnsonfuneralhome.com

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Evelyn Dowell.

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