Rathan Lee "Ray" Dowdle (3/26/1939 - 10/6/2017)

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Services for Rathan "Ray" Lee Dowdle, 78, of Longview are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Tyler Memorial Funeral Home with Dr. Mike Daniels officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, October 9, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Tyler Memorial Cemetery.

Ray passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Longview Regional Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on March 26, 1939 in Horatio, Arkansas to the late Gilbert and Neva Dowdle. He was married to Linda Dowdle for 29 years. He was a self-employed businessman. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.

He is survived by his wife Linda, children and spouses; Staci and Greg Wolfford, Brian Dowdle, Tony Cowart, Lynn and Kyle Pickett, Lisa Driscoll, Leah Johns and Shylon Allison and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nephews. He is also survived by brothers and spouses; Jerry Dowdle and Rod and LaRue Dowdle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Jeff Dowdle, and grandson Layne Pugh.

Ray is loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Oct. 8, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
Tyler Memorial Funeral Home Cemetery and Mausoleum
12053 State Highway 64 West | Tyler, TX 75704 | (903) 597-1396
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