Saturday, April 13, 2002

Grieving Alabama family will bury Dowdle on his birthday

By Chris Mayhew,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Family and friends who spent the week looking for Lon Dowdle will bury him in Alabama on Sunday, which would have been his 27th birthday.

        Services will be held this weekend for the fixtures-sales representative whose body was found Wednesdayon the banks of the Ohio River in Covington. Mr. Dowdle had been missing since the early morning hours of April 4.

        Kenton County Coroner David Suetholz ruled Mr. Dowdle's death an accidental drowning, unless toxicology tests prove otherwise.

        Mr. Dowdle, of Alexander City, Ala., was a sales representative for Madix Inc., an international fixtures company headquartered in Goodwater, Ala., and owned by his father, Walter Dowdle of Alexander City.

        Lon Dowdle was in town on a business trip, and was last seen at 2:30 a.m. April 4 outside the Waffle House at 311 Philadelphia St. in Covington. He had been out with his childhood friend, John Dark of Fairfield.

        A graduate of Auburn University and member of the Auburn Alumni Association, Lon Dowdle was an avid hunter who enjoyed hunting with his father. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Alexander City, and was a graduate of Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City.

        Other survivors include his wife, Monique Amason Dowdle; mother, Deborah H. Dowdle of Alexander City; two brothers, Todd of Orlando, Fla., and Jay of Alexander City; paternal grandparents, Walter and Theolyn Dowdle of Goodwater, Ala.; maternal grandparents, James and Gemma Hawkins of Alexander City; two nieces and one nephew.

        Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. todayin Alexander City at the Arbor of First United Methodist Church. Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Burial will be in Alexander City Cemetery. Radney Funeral Home of Alexander City is handling arrangements.

        Memorials: First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 310 Green St., Alexander City, Ala. 35010.


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