Emilie Lillion "Tommy" McDowell, 90, formerly of Paragould, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge. Born in Randolph County, she was the daughter of the late Asro and Nellie Park Rasdon and was a lifelong northeast Arkansas area resident. She was the widow of Brad McDowell and was a homemaker.
Survivors include three sons, R.L. McDowell of Manila, Bobby Eugene McDowell of Walnut Ridge and Kenneth Lee McDowell of Okean; six daughters, Janette McDowell Whitehead of Manila, JoAnn McDowell Caterres and Betty Sue McDowell, both of Houston, Bonnie Lou McDowell Warnick and Ada Marie McDowell, both of Black Rock, and Brenda Fay McDowell Haney of Paragould; a sister, Ada Barnhill of Corpus Christi, Texas; 38 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Services were 1 p.m. Saturday at the Howard Funeral chapel with Sister Glenda Johnson officiating. Burial was in Manila Cemetery.