The Rev. Dr. Thad Robert Dowdle went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 7, 2019.

He was a son of the late Thad Oswald Dowdle and Sarah Holbrooks Dowdle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys.

Thad is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley Smith Dowdle; a daughter Rebecca Hawkins; granddaughter Kasi Morrow (Rob); two grandsons Shayne Clemmons (Tiffany) and Patrick Clemmons, all of Hendersonville; two great-grandchildren Cooper Ray Morrow and Krislyn Rose Clemmons; nephew, Dale Coward; adopted granddaughter, Kerry Logsdon; two adopted great-grandchildren, Jaiden and Shaleigh Logsdon; cousin, Herman Holbrooks; and two special friends, Darrell and Bill Hawkins.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hendersonville. A private burial will be held on Sunday in Upper Crabtree Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Memory Care of Asheville, 100 Far Horizons Lane, Asheville, NC 28803.

The care of the Rev. Dr. Dowdle has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Homes and an online memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at

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