Paul Joseph McDowell, 84, of 511 Marion Ave., entered eternal rest on Tuesday, May 6, 2015, at his home.
He was born in Spartanburg County and was a son of the late William and Frankie Gardner McDowell. He was first married to Collossia Robbs and after her death, he later was united in marriage to Vertie Dodd. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church, a retired employee of Magnolia Finishing Company and owner of Sebrina Fashions.
He is survived by his wife, Vertie McDowell of the home; three sons, Kelvin Robbs of Duncan, James McKinney (Verdell) of Oxford, AL, and Rodney McDowell of Gaffney; seven daughters, Sebrina Dawkins of Spartanburg, Audrey Oglesby (Steven) of Gaffney, Jeanetta Jackson (Tony) of Gaffney, Lora Landrum (Avery) of Charlotte, Abie Duffy of Braselton, GA, Sarah Thompson (Earl) of Forest City, and Lisa Coates (Kenneth) of Lithia Springs, GA; a sister, Betty Vernon of Gaffney; 33 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at Concord Baptist Church with Dr. Michael A. Bridges officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. He will lie in state from 2-3 p.m.
Arrangements by The Gilmore Mortuary.