Margie Autry Dowdy, daughter of the late John Lee and Sarah Louella (McKinney) Taylor, was born on July 30, 1913 in Red Bay, Alabama, and departed this life on June 2, 2011 in Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri. She was 97 years, ten months and two days of age.
Autry grew up and attended school in Alabama. She was united in marriage to Leroy R. Nichols on September 3, 1948 in Tishomingo County, Mississippi. He passed away on April 22, 1963.
She married Alvin R. Dowdy on October 15, 1966 in Los Angeles, California. While living in California, she worked at a VA hospital for over twenty years. Following their retirement, she and Alvin moved to Missouri, where they made their home. Alvin passed away on May 16, 1983.
Autry enjoyed playing “Aggravation,” sewing, crocheting, traveling, and visiting with her many friends, neighbors and family.
She loved to eat as long as fish was being served. She was a member of Mtn. Grove Church of Christ and was very faithful in her attendance over the years.
Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Dolthas Taylor, Olvia Taylor, and Chester Taylor; three sisters, Almedia Fowler, Reba Taylor, and Evadell King; two half-brothers, Milas Taylor and Pink Taylor; and a half-sister, Lula Williams.
She is survived by several nieces, nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews, her loving Church of Christ family, and other relatives, friends and neighbors who will sadly miss her.
Funeral services were Monday, June 6, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in the Church of Christ in Mtn. Grove with Pastor Larry Yarber. The congregation, led by Terry Lebaron, sang “No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus,” “If We Never Meet Again,” “Where No One Stands Alone,” and “Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All.” Pallbearers were Donald King, Caxton Taylor, Johnny Taylor, Keith Tucker, Ronnie Deaton and Tim Nicks. Burial was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove, Missouri.