HIGH POINT On April 24, 2019, David Astor Dowdy, Jr., beloved father, grandfather, businessman, community leader and servant of the living God, died peacefully at home ending a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Despite the effects of the illness, which left him speech impaired and largely immobile for the past eight years, Mr. Dowdy remained quick-witted and mentally sharp until the end. Born March 9, 1933 in High Point to David Astor Dowdy, Sr. and Ada Iola Perryman Dowdy at the bottom of the stairs literally-- of their home on Woodrow Ave., Mr. Dowdy was known by many in the community as a true "Renaissance man." Throughout his life, he embraced art, music, travel, science and technology and successfully pursued these interests through a myriad of hobbies ranging from collecting ancient Jewish coins to developing daylily hybrids to astronomy to breeding Great Danes and antique clock repair and much more. Simply put, he was fascinated by the world around him. "I am still learning" was one of his favorite quotes, from the artist Michelangelo (age 87). Mr. Dowdy and his brother, James Henry Dowdy (deceased), helped their father David A. Dowdy, Sr., found and grow a chain of drug stores known as Mann Drug Company. Numbering at one time 27 stores throughout the Piedmont, Mann Drug was sold to Rite Aid in 1982, and with that sale, Mr. Dowdy found the free time to pursue a lifelong dream and one that would become his hallmark, portrait sculpture. Completely self-taught, most of his work was completed between 1982-2004 and was commissioned by individuals, corporations, churches and universities. His many pieces can be found across North Carolina, with a concentration of work installed around the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, another of his greatest passions. A die-hard Tar Heel, Mr. Dowdy loved his alma mater and he and his wife Doris were never happier than in the midst of a sea of Carolina Blue during a basketball or football game. He graduated from UNC-CH in 1954 with a B.S. in pharmacy, where he served as president of the UNC School of Pharmacy and was a member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical fraternity. He was a long-time member and supporter of the UNC Educational Foundation (Ram's Club), and established the David Dowdy Endowed Athletic Scholarship. In later years, as his sculpting career blossomed, he went on to establish the David A. Dowdy Jr. Award Fund, an art scholarship in the School of Arts and Sciences at UNC. Upon graduating from UNC, he married his beloved Doris Ann Boone (deceased 2016), also of High Point, in 1955. He immediately enlisted in the United States Navy and the young couple moved to Albany, GA, where he was stationed and received the Meritorious Mast Award for service beyond the call of duty. A match for the ages, the two spent 60 years together, sharing in the mutual love of church, family, art, antiques, flowers and travel. One of their most loved places was Pine Knoll Shores, NC where they sailed, played tennis and "studied" horticulture and art for hours on the shore. A faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, Mr. Dowdy was a member of First United Methodist Church and chairman of the Administrative Board. He served in numerous leadership capacities through the years and was named an honorary lifetime member of the administrative board at FUMC. He and Mrs. Dowdy had a long history of private support for foreign missionaries, and he taught the Old Testament in Sunday school to junior high students and adults, as well as serving as chairman of Commission on Missions. He was one of the founders and board members of the House of Prayer. He has also served as president of the High Point Merchants Association and president of Rotary Club of High Point (1969), where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and received a distinguished Service Award from the Jaycees. He served on various boards including the High Point Chamber of Commerce, Oak Ridge Military Academy, the Advisory Board of BB&T in Thomasville, High Point Regional Hospital Endowment Board. He was a former member of the High Point Country Club and String and Splinter Club, as well as the Coral Bay Club in Atlantic Beach. Adored by his family, he was affectionately known as "Poppie," a title that he treasured most. He is survived by his three children and their spouses, David A. Dowdy III (Dee) and Cindy of High Point, Arden Dowdy Feiman and Brad of Atlanta, George Lindsay Dowdy and Christina of Charlotte. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Taylor Phillips Dowdy, Landon Astor Dowdy, Britton Lane Dowdy, Meredith Ellen Feiman, David Morris Feiman, Reed Perryman Dowdy, Hamilton Driver Dowdy and Merrill Boone Dowdy. A service of celebration for the life of David A. Dowdy Jr. will be held Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in High Point with Reverend John Fitzgerald presiding. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC, 27262, and First United Methodist Church, 512 N. Main Street, High Point, NC 27262. The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Mark Franklin Pierce for over 49 years of loyal service to David Dowdy and his family. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.cumbyfuneral.com. Cumby Family Funeral Service in High Point is serving the family.

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