|Few men have found the secret of the abundant life which Christ offered to his disciples as did Kenneth G. McDowell. He was a quiet, gentle but strong person whose companionship was sought by many and whose leadership was felt across the church.
Born in Hugo, Oklahoma, he was a graduate of Oklahoma City University. He received the Master of Theology from Perkins School of Theology, S. M. U. and was awarded the Doctor of Divinity Degree by Ohio Wesleyan University.
For thirty years he served pastorates in the Louisiana Conference including Zachary, Many, Vivian, Jennings, Pineville, West Monroe, Munholland, and since 1971 he was District Superintendent of the Lafayette District of the Louisiana Conference. He served with Bishop Aubrey G. Walton, Bishop Finis A. Crutchfield and Bishop J. Kenneth Shamblin. Dr. McDowell was 55 years of age at the time of his death, a few days before the 1977 Annual Conference. The services were in the Asbury United Methodist Church on Friday, May 27. Interment was in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Bishop Finis A. Crutchfield, Jr., and Bishop Kenneth Shamblin with Rev. James Caraway and Rev. William Fraser led the service. Rev. Shamblin in the funeral message spoke movingly of the strength and quality of life that still lives and speaks and witnesses among us.
Dr. McDowell is survived by his wife Pauline; three daughters, Kay, Adonna and Phyllis; one son, Paul; his mother, Mrs. W. B. McDowell; a brother, W. B. McDowell; a sister, Mrs. F. E. Batchelder; and a number of grandchildren and other relatives.
Ken McDowell was a keen observer of the human scene. He was optimistic in his appraisal of human nature, appreciative of the friendship of others, a participant in many activities and interests, a devoted family man, a faithful, effective minister, and a courageous and committee Christian.
Kenneth G. McDowell, who lived the abundant life, has now entered into eternal life.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1977, p. 172 By William P. Fraser|