Keenon Dowden

November 28, 1922, October 03, 2017

Keenon Madison Dowden

Keenon Madison Dowden, 94, of Port Arthur, died Tuesday, October 3, 2017. He was born on November 28, 1922, in Polk County, to Carrie Lee Miller Dowden and Charlie Burgess Dowden.

Keenon served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a retired teacher and a member of Central Baptist Church in Kirbyville. Keenon volunteered at Kirbyville Christian Outreach.

Survivors include his sisters, Dixie Tucker and her husband, Walter, of Port Arthur; Letha Powell and her husband, Reverend Clarence, of Monroe, Louisiana; and Melba J. Peterson of Fairbanks, Alaska; nephews, Laurence Smith, Jr., Charles W. Smith, Burl Dowden, Steven Madison Dowden, Clarence Richard Powell, Jr., Brian Keith Peterson, Erik Peterson, Jimmy Dowden, and John Patrick Dowden; nieces, Joye Linda Smith, Caroline Jorge Smith, Sue Avery, Nawasa Dowden, Laverna Lee Dowden, Diana Dowden Phillips, Shannon Dowden, Anna Dowden, Lorraine Peterson, Karen Lea Powell, Kristine Peterson, and Sara Powell; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charlie B. Jr., Robert William, John Stephen Dowden; sisters, Mary Beatrice Smith, Leazer Dowden, Carrie Lee Dowden; niece, Jeannette Peterson; nephews, Paul Morgan Smith, Michael Avery, and Earl Dowden; and sister-in-law, Bernice Dowden.

A gathering of Mr. Dowden’s family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., followed by his service at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His interment will be at Memory Gardens of Jefferson County, Nederland.

Gathering of Family and Friends
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Saturday, October 07, 2017
12:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Saturday, October 07, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Memory Gardens of Jefferson County
3098 Us 69 Nederland Texas 77627

Comments (4)

  • Philip Brooks

    06 October 2017 at 03:49 | #

    I was in Mr. Dowden’s 4th grade class in 1963-64. He was an incredible teacher and I loved being in his class. I also remember him playing the piano and singing a song as we worked on our schoolwork. What a blessing it was for me to be in Mr. Dowden’s class.


  • Tommye Ann Clark-Rivers

    06 October 2017 at 01:58 | #

    Mr. Dowden was my 4th grade teacher at Pietzsch Elementary school . He was a caring and patient teacher. I will never forget him. He was truly a gifted teacher.


  • Jamie Paul Kessler

    05 October 2017 at 22:23 | #

    Mr. Dowden was my fourth grade teacher at Pietzsch Elementary School, upstairs in the back annex building, in Beaumont (in the South Park I.S.D.), way back in 1963. I remember him being very kind, and interesting - A very good teacher!. He brought honeycombs full of honey for all of us to taste - I will never forget that! I have loved honey ever since that day.



    03 October 2017 at 22:59 | #

    Mr. Dowden was a wonderful teacher. He was uninhibited and would break out in song in class. He was gentle but firm. See you in Heaven Mr. Dowden.


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