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Loretta Jean Dowdy

November 14, 1942 ~ February 2, 2019 (age 76)


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Loretta Jean Dowdy, age 76 of 390 W. Forest Oaks Dr., Sanford, NC passed on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Sanford Health & Rehabilitation Center. 

Loretta Jean Judd Dowdy was born November 14, 1942. She transitioned this life on February 2, 2019 at 12:24 am.

She answered her heavenly Father’s Call: Well done thy good and faithful servant.

Jean, as she was affectionately called, was a devoted and loving wife, mother, aunt, godmother and friend.  She had an outgoing personality.  She always greeted you with a smile.  She was always there for you if you needed her.

She graduated from W.B. Wicker High School in 1961.  She was a graduate of Durham Technical Institute in Practical Nursing on May 28, 1965. 

She attended Durham Technical Institute and satisfactorily completed 75 hours in Pharmacology on May 20, 1966.  She was a graduate of the Class of 1970 in Nursing at Sandhills Community College. 

She received the degree of “Associates in Applied Science” from Sandhills Community College on the 27th day of May 1970.  She received the degree of “Bachelor of Arts” from Shaw University, May 11, 1975.

She also worked for the UNC Hospital in the Pediatrics Department for a number of years.

She retired from the Piedmont Health Services, with compassionate care to the patients and families of the Haywood-Moncure Community.

Loretta Jean Dowdy, RN, FNP, BA


She was a member of C. Wesley Samuels Chapter #664 Order of the Eastern Stars, Moncure, NC 27559.  She was also a member of G. Wesley Allen Assembly #324, Sanford, NC 27330.

Loretta joined Jones Chapel, now Ward Memorial Church at an early age and attended regularly until the end.  She was a Deaconess and served in many capacities in the church.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rhonda L, Dowdy-McComb; her parents, James W. and Lula C. Judd. Following her death, her son, Darrell Dowdy.

She leaves to cherish her memories: her loving and devoted husband,  Deacon Ronell E. Dowdy; one son, Darius L. Dowdy; two grandchildren, MaKayla Taylor and Jayden Dowdy; godsons, Nick Killebrew of Charlotte, NC,  Timothy Jefferson of Killen, TX, Barry and Reginald Crump of Sanford, NC and Jeffrey Covington of Sanford, NC; one sister, Clara E. French of Sanford, NC; two sisters in law, Shirley Davis (Joseph) of Brandywine, MD and Judy Alston (Johnnie) of Moncure, NC; two aunts, Ms. Helen McIver of Southern Pines, NC and Mrs. Mary Frances Quick (James) of Maryland; three uncles, Deacon Charles E. Covington of Sanford, NC, Hubert and Herbert Covington (Beaulah) of Hartford, CT, and  a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Family will receive friends at the home from 4:00pm - 7:00pm 

Arrangements By: Knotts Funeral Home, Sanford

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Funeral Service
February 10, 2019

2:00 PM
Works For Christ Christian Center
1395 Fire Tower Rd.
Sanford, NC 27330

February 10, 2019

Lee Memory Garden
2600 Hawkins Ave.
Sanford, NC 27330

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