The GOWDY Family

Obituaries from Blue Mountain Newspapers


SOUTHERN SENTINEL - November 18, 1948
Blue Mountain, Miss., Nov. 12 -

Services for Robert Franklin Gowdy of Blue Mountain were held Thursday.    Following a brief funeral by the Rev. Clifford J. Smyly, pastor of Lowrey Memoril Baptist Church, the Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge conducted the rites at the grave.   He died at his home here Wednesday after a long illness.  He was the last member of his large family, pioneers of Blue Mountain.

Frank Gowdy was born June 4, 1877 in Blue Mountain.  He was a son of Capt. William Joseph and Mary Ann Davenpor Gowdy.   His grandparents migrated to Tippah County on lands purchased from the Chickasaw Indians.  He was educated in the community schools, passing his whole life here.   He was a Baptist and a member of Blue Mountain Masonic Lodge. He was an interior decorator. He was seventy-one.

He leaves the following nieces and nephews: Jack and Clarence Jackson, Memphis florists, William Joseph Godwin, also a Memphis florist; Mrs. Annie Lee Turley of Coldwater; Mrs. R. V. Pierce of Clarksdale, and Miss Ruth Godwin of Springfield, MO.  He was buried in Blue Mountain Cemetery.

Frank Gowdy's death has removed another local landmark.  Frank will be missed by many local people.  He was a good painter and a good man.  He was my personal friend for more than half a century and I counted it a privilege to call him my friend.  He looked after his own affairs and never interfered with the affairs of other people.  He suffered much in his last, long illness, but he kept a brave heart to the last.  He told Arch Gowdy recently that he was ready for the final call.

The McBride Funeral home had charge of funeral arrangements.  -  by David E. Guyton.