Sam Cleveland McDowell

March 27, 1941 ~ February 22, 2021 (age 79)


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A TIME TO BE BORN: Sam Cleveland McDowell was born March 27, 1941 to the late Clelier McDowell Simmons in Lanes, South Carolina.

A TIME FOR EVERY PURPOSE UNDER THE HEAVENS: Sam accepted Christ as his personal Saviour  early in life at Bethel AME Church in Lanes, SC, where he was a faithful member.  He graduated from Williamsburg County Training School/ C. E. Murray in 1960.  Sam was a Honorable Discharged United States Army Veteran who received the Vietnam Service Metal and A Good Conduct Medal. After serving in the army Sam relocated to New York City, NY and was employed with Joseph E. Elitto Trucking Company for over forty years. Sam returned to South Carolina in the year of 2000 and subsequently became a disciple of Chesterfield M. B. Church.

Sam leaves cherish memories to his loving wife, Vernell; five children, Althea (Dexter) Perry of Clanton, DE, Shenea (Chase) Watson of Troy, NY, Erwin McDowell of Vanetta, NY, Fredrecker Shaw of Columbia, SC, and Wanda Felder of Longs, SC; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Raleigh (Cookie) Simmons; one aunt, Geneva Stamp; a host of nieces and nephews; special cousins, the entire McDowell/Parson family, Ossie Matthews, Reverend Dr. James R. Matthews, Joella and Edward McQueen; special friends, Howard Barrett, Robert McLoren and  the crew from “The Farm and Shed”; special sons, Simon Clemmons  and Van Lane; his extended family the Bryant’s , JB, Julia, Carolyn, Helen, Brenda and Jimmy; other cousins, relatives and friends.

 Sam is preceded in death by his siblings, Sheila Simmons, Abraham Simmons and Judeudia Brounson.

 A TIME TO DIE: Sam departed this earthly life on February 22, 2021.

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February 28, 2021

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
McKiever Funeral Home
1408 Race Path Avenue
Conway, SC 29526

Funeral Service
March 1, 2021

11:00 AM
Chesterfield Missionary Baptist Church
8591 Highway 90
Longs, SC 29568

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