Thursday, September 20, 2012

Farewell, Dad

Thanks for reading my father's blog.  He lost his battle to cancer and passed away Wed. morning at 6am with his family by his side.  My father loved doing this blog and loved the res. with all his heart.  We will miss him dearly.  He has taken care of our family as good as any man can.  He also has saved my life more times than I can count on two hands.  To me my father was the smartest and most principled man in the world.  So thanks to all the readers and supporters.  We will continue to celebrate my father's life everyday.  So until we meet again Dad rest in peace. Services will be held at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Flowood, MS.  Visitation is at 9am and funeral at 11am Friday the 21st of September.  Thanks again for reading, Mike McDowell

24 comments:

Loye Cookingham said...

Oh no. I didn't realize he was so ill. I am so so sorry for your loss. I read this every day and I loved his contributions to the community. My prayers are with you all. I am so sad, I can't imagine what you are going through. He was very loved, even by those of us who didn't know him.

Anonymous said...

You have my condolences. I have enjoyed this site.

Anonymous said...

I never had the fortune of meeting your dad. I did however read Rez News almost every day. He did a great job of not only interesting history of the Rez but up to date news it seems we could not get on many other media sources. I am sure he was a great guy. My prayers are with you and your family.

KaptKangaroo said...

Godspeed my friend.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for God's comfort and peace for you all.

Russ and Julie Warner said...

Our thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Jim was nothing less than the eyes and the ears of the Reservoir area. His blog will be sorely missed.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry.
God bless you and your family.
Certainly most of us had no idea his illness was this bad.
He was a major leader in our little community and his leadership will be greatly missed.
Actually, we need him.
Personally, I barely knew him and I feel a huge sense of loss.
Our prayers are that God will sustain you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed the blog. So sorry for your loss. God bless.

Dell Zubkowski said...

I only met Jim in person once but he was a huge help to the American Cancer Society by spreading the word about our fund-raising efforts in the community. As the dreaded disease claims another good person, please know researchers are working so hard on a cure and that your dad will be greatly missed by cancer advocates.

Dell Zubkowski
American Cancer Society volunteer

Cami Hill said...

Love You, Mike...Your Dad was a special guy. He was a teacher. Your Mom always said" if there was a dog or a child around they would seek out Jim and never leave his side." That was how he was....He took the time to spend with those in need of attention of any kind. He loved to show my kids all the fun interesting things life has to offer. What a guy!!! He never acted like he didnt have time to show a little love and tenderness. What a blessing you had growing up with a Dad like him...Blessings, Cami, Brian, Caroline and Harrison Hill

Kevin McGee said...

All he ever wanted was the best for everyone around him. Wether that was his family, friends, neighbors or the person he just met. I had the pleasure of getting to know Jim over the last 5 years. We talked often on how we could make our community better, what we could do to be better. Seems like that was his theme "be better". I will miss him. He was a tremendous help to me and for that I am forever grateful.

Kevin McGee

ED-C said...

I never met your dad in person, but swapped emails with him via this blog from time to time. He posted pictures I sent him that I took around the REZ and always helped find answers to questions I had about things going on in the area.

I really enjoyed the things he posted here and the service he provided to the reservoir community!

We will all miss him. My prayers for you and the rest of the family.

Thanks for sharing him with us!

Anonymous said...

well done...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your support. We will be trying to keep the Reznews alive. Mike McDowell

Anonymous said...

I knew your Dad through his interest and involvement in the Rankin County Board of Supervisors. Frankly, we need more actively-involved citizens such as him. I lost my own father to cancer in October of 2011. The great loss never leaves you, but find peace in knowing you will see him again. God bless you and your family.

Chris M. said...

Wait...WHAT?! I just exchanged emails with him a couple of weeks ago! Damn, damn, this is awful. Mike, I'm so sorry for your loss. In shock...

Anonymous said...

Much of the recent progress made on behalf of residents in the reservoir community is due to the tireless work of your dad. I had the pleasure of meeting with him on several occasions and was struck by his sincerity and passion.

My sincere condolences to his family. I know he would love the idea that the blog will continue.

Anonymous said...

It was very saddening to read this. Jim was a wonderful man, and did wonderful things for his community. Because of him, I was able to really get a kick-start with my art career. I could never thank him enough for that. He was respected by everyone in the community, and he will always be a great example for us all. I am so sorry for your loss.

-Buddy

Terricha Bradley-Phillips said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Mike. Thanks to your dad, I've been able to stay abreast of the happenings in the Rez. I hope the Rez will continue!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed his blog, lots better than the nonsense in the newspapers of today. He will be surely missed. My prayers go out to your family

William Weems said...

Never met your Dad. I loved his blog and looked forward to it regularly, and began wondering what happened to him. You could always count on him to cut the chase, and go straight to the point. The line at St. Peter's gate has begun to backup because of all the well wishes for your Dad. Miss him already!

Anonymous said...

Like many of the posters here, I never had the pleasure of meeting your father, but I thoroughly enjoyed his blog, and felt it served a real need in the Rez community. I loved his posts and from what I can tell, we had alot in common. My deepest condolences, I lost my father back over twenty years ago and it sounds like he and your dad would have been fast friends. Please take solace in knowing that your father is at peace and the time will come that all loved ones will reunite in eternal joy. Blessings.

Laurie Sledge said...

Mike-
I learned of your dad's passing this morning at Jo's Diner. I loved seeing his smiling face each week while he ate breakfast with his buddies. I worked with Jim at IBM for quite a few years. I was just out of college when I met Jim at IBM. He sat two cubicles down from me and was truly an incredible man. I loved his sense of humor and his kindness. I had lunch with IBMers every day and he was always there making us laugh and telling his great stories! I am so very sorry for your loss...he will definitely be missed. I will be praying for you and your family.

Loye Cookingham said...

I love that you added your dad's name to the site. Prayers and best wishes to you and your family.