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Darrell Vincent Dowdy, age 44 of 352 West Forest Oaks Dr., Sanford, NC passed on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at his residence.
Darrell Vincent “HarleyBoy” Dowdy was born November 29, 1974. He gained his heavenly wings on February 6, 2019.
Darrell was a loving son, father, brother and friend. He always had a kind word and a motivating spirit. He was a willing vessel and would help anyone he could.
Darrell graduated from Lee Senior High School in 1993. He continued his education at ECPI Technical College in 1997 obtaining an Associate Degree in Computer Technology. Darrell developed an interest in cutting hair. His passion led him to study at Sanford-Lee School of Barbering. Additionally, he was attending the Safe Haven Bible College and Training Center in Sanford, NC.
At an early age, his parents encouraged him to take piano lessons along with his sister Rhonda. Among his talent to play, he learned to play the violin, clarinet, saxophone, percussions and organ. He was a composer and producer of music. He was a member of the Celestial Lodge#16, Moncure, NC.
Darrell’s music career debut began as a pianist for Ward Memorial Church Sunday School. He then began playing for the Children of Israel and Jubliees of Wards. It did not take long for his gift to play the piano flourish throughout the community. He continued his musical ministry by playing for other area churches such as Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist, Liberty Chapel Church, United Community Fellowship Choir, Christian Provision Ministries and Works for Christ Christian Center.
Darrell always wanted to be obedient to God’s Word and do things in a spiritual order. After receiving blessings from his pastors’, Dr. Lewis and Alice Hooker, he returned to Ward Memorial Church to play for worship services.
Darrell especially enjoyed working with and playing piano for the Children of Israel , a choir he was a member of previously.
His “light” for Christ was radiant and it showed in his spiritual journey. Darrell loved giving praises to the Lord.
One of his many favorite scriptures were Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord. Thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you an expected end”.
He was preceded in death by mother, Loretta Jean Judd Dowdy and his sister, Rhonda L. Dowdy-McComb.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his dedicated father, Ronell E. Dowdy; two children, Makayla Taylor and Jayden Dowdy; brother, Darius L. Dowdy; three aunts, Shirley (Joseph) Davis, Brandywine, MD; Judy (Johnnie) Alston, Moncure, NC; and Clara E. French, Sanford, NC; special cousins, Kevin Dowdy and Nikole Satterwhite and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Family will receive friends at the home from 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford