In Loving

Donald R. Dowdy

December 3, 1946 – January 9, 2024

Donald Richard Dowdy, age 77, of Dunnsville, departed this world on January 9, 2024, surrounded by the warmth of his home. Born to Frank and Roxie Dowdy, Donald was one of four brothers, including Doug, Stuart, and David, all of whom preceded him in death.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Sheila Dowdy, and their loving children, Lisa Mallory and Kathy Dowdy. Donald also leaves behind stepchildren, RB Wood and Stephanie Wood. Cherishing his memory are his grandchildren Ashley, Heather, Kirstyn, Brayden, Madison and Maelyn; four great grandchildren; and two sisters, Peggy Bryan and Mildred Sharp.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, at Affinity Funeral Service – Richmond Chapel, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. A private interment will take place in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

The Dowdy family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the Hospice of Virginia in Tappahannock for their compassionate care during Donald’s final days. They are also thankful to the neighbors of RRE for their food, cards, and kindness during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donations can be dedicated in memory of Donald Dowdy at the following link: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in memory of Donald Dowdy

May he rest in eternal peace, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories.



Affinity Funeral Service

Richmond Chapel


Wednesday, January 17, 2024


11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

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  1. Pamela Goswick January 10, 2024 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Donald and Sheila have been our best friends for years with many great memories. He will surely be missed but certainly not forgotten. Rest in peace Donald. Love you still.

  2. Lisa Mallory January 11, 2024 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Dear Dad,

    As I sit here, grappling with the immense void your absence has left, my heart overflows with love and sorrow. You were not just my father; you were my guiding light, my source of strength, and the embodiment of unconditional love.

    Your kindness, wisdom, and unwavering support shaped me into the person I am today. The memories we shared are etched in my heart, and the lessons you taught me will resonate throughout my life. Your laughter was my joy, and your presence was my comfort.

    I miss you more than words can convey. The world feels a little dimmer without your smile, but I find solace in the love you showered upon us. Every day, I carry your spirit with me, and I strive to live by the values you instilled in me.

    Though you may be physically absent, your love and teachings remain a guiding force in my life. Thank you for being my dad, my hero. I will forever cherish the moments we had together.

    May you rest in peace, surrounded by the love that you so generously gave. Until we meet again.

    With all my love,


  3. Kirstyn Hall January 11, 2024 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    I love you so much papa. I hope you are up there fishing and doing everything you imagined. I know I have another guardian angel to look after me. Say hi to everyone for me! I will always miss you and forever bring your name up in conversation. The world will never forget the BEST papa 🕊️💛

  4. Sandy Mays January 11, 2024 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Dear Sheila & Family,
    My deepest condolences are being sent. I pray that your hearts will be comforted.

  5. Atkinson Family January 12, 2024 at 10:27 am - Reply

    So many fond memories. We can see you now in your white sports coat and a pink carnation singing among the angels.
    Rest in peace friend.
    With Love,
    The Atkinson Family

  6. Sonny & Sue Craig January 15, 2024 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    We will always have the best memories of Donald and of all the great times we had. He sure could make us laugh and he made you feel like you were family. We will never forget him, never…
    Sending love to his wonderful family.

  7. Victoria Traylor January 16, 2024 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Dear Jeanie & family. I’ve know you since I was 11 years old. I remember when your first met Donald. I knew you two were meant to be . You both have been there for me through some very hard times, and I hope you know I’ve always appreciated you both. You’ve both have always been so caring & giving to everyone. I’ll always cherish all the fun times we have had through the years ! We had a lot of laughs! I’ll always remember those fun fish fry’s and the way Donald cooked them ! Nobody could fillet a fish like Old Rowdy Dowdy!! And man could he shake a leg!! R.I.P. Donald. You will be missed . With love, Vicky Traylor,

  8. Roger and sally justice January 16, 2024 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Prayers to family Donald was a nice friendly man may he rest in peace

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