Asher Dowell

June 1, 2016 - September 20, 2020

Asher Edward Dowell, 4 years old, of Sour Lake, Texas, died Sunday, September 20, 2020 following a tragic accident at his family’s home.

Asher began his life a fighter, born prematurely at 24 weeks old, he spent his first 122 days in the NICU before finally coming home to his loving family.

Further exceeding everyone’s expectations, Asher was a thriving student and loved by his school family at China Elementary PPCD.

Throughout these amazing four years we had with baby Asher, he truly got to show us his personality. Of course, he was so strong from the very beginning with all his medical struggles, but besides that, he was just a loving and easy-going little guy. His favorite show was PJ Masks, but really, he would sit back with you and watch anything you had on. We also can’t forget his immense love for food, which definitely runs in the family. If you had a plate or a drink around him, then you had better of been prepared to share or suffer the consequences of his piercing blue puppy dog eyes, or he might just sneak it when you weren’t looking. Although, it went both ways because he would always share whatever he had right back with you, to the point of physically trying to shove it in your mouth. He had a surprising amount of patience too, whether that be sharing toys with his big brother or simply being such a good, quiet little boy when going out places. Asher was also so smart. There were so many worries about him, developmentally, but he eventually pushed through and all of sudden he knew shapes, colors, cars, songs, and many other things that he would surprise us with every day, things we didn’t even realize he had picked up on. He was the type where his emotions didn’t always show on his face because he was just so quiet and observant, but when they did, you certainly couldn’t ignore them, like his little clenched fists and jumping up and down whenever he got excited or his beautiful, contagious laughter when being tickled, or when you weren’t even trying to tickle him. Although, like every kid he could be quite annoying as well, (I’m his big sister so I can say that) but at least he was creative with it, like walking away with a mouth full of water just to spit it out in the next room or randomly stripping and running around the house forcing you to chase and redress him. He was a truly incredible little boy who shared love and laughter to everyone who was lucky enough to meet him. Asher Edward left his mark on the world just in time before the world could leave any marks on him.

Asher is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Pamela Burch; his maternal grandfathers, Thomas Lee Burch and Fred Heiliger. And the best stand in grandfather ever, James Zaro.

He is survived by his paternal grandparents, Johnie and Byron Dowell, and stand in grandma, Mary Zaro. His parents, Nissa and Jason Dowell, and his siblings, Nathaniel Dowell and Sarah Iqbal. He is survived by his uncle, David Sly; grandmother, June Duhon; grandfather, Nathan Schexnider; uncle, Bobby Roberts; aunt, Paula Browning and aunt, Wanda Kerr and their spouses, and the following tribe of women who loved and adored him: Paige Sonnier, Brandi Graham, Shelley Chaney, Brenda LaBrozzi, Kimberly Kois, Brandy Trahan, Mona Hogan, Rayanna Nicholas, Trisha Anders, and I’m sure some we have left out but know you are acknowledged.

A memorial with family and friends will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 26, 2020, at First Baptist Church, 765 6th Street, Sour Lake.

In lieu of flowers, donations to assist the family with mounting expenses can be made online at

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Nancy Perry

I am so glad that I got to be a part of Asher's life. He is now an Angel in heaven.

Thomas Sheila Schulmeyer

Praying for you all, very sad to lose someone you loved so much.

Debbie Khan

I was fortunate to spend a beach day with Asher recently. He had a great time and his laughter was infectious he kept us on our toes and was such a love able little boy. He will be missed by many no doubt. RIP sweet angel

Emily Everett Allen

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God grant you peace. You all are so very loved!

Ronnie Gill

I am so sorry for your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Nikki Watthuber

I never meet little Asher, but heard great and wonderful stories of him from my brother and sister in law Bryan and Rayanna Nicholas. I adored the fishing photos they posted. My prayers are sent to everyone.

Rosann Wells

Nissa, there are no words to express how heartbroken I am at the news of Asher’s passing. He was a spunky little Dude from the very beginning. I will forever be grateful for the chance to share in his triumphs during his first 3 years with us at ECI. Your family was always welcoming and gracious and oh so kind when we visited your home! Your sweet, beautiful boy has left his tiny footprints on my heart. Thank you for sharing him with and many blessings and prayers to all of you...much love...Rosann

Angela Smith

My family sends our deepest condolences on your loss. Words cannot express the sadness we feel for you. We celebrated his triumphs from afar and send our love from across the distance.

Sally Navarre & family

We don't know you but we know our Father in Heaven and we are lifting your entire family up in prayer and are praying that the Holly Spirit brings you all comfort. We will continue to keep you all in prayer we are so sorry about your loss just try to find comfort knowing your beautiful child is in the arms of our sweet Jesus

Johnathon & Kristin Bolser

Praying for You all during this heartbreaking time. God has you and little Asher in his arms together.

Danielle Greene

So very sorry for the loss of sweet Asher. May God wrap his loving arms you all and grant you His peace.

Kim Kois

We are all family in Christ, and we appreciate you lifting us up in prayer. We desperately need it. -Aunt Kim

Kim Kois

Thank you for being a part of Asher's journey. He was such an incredible force. -Aunt Kim

Kim Kois

Thank you so much for these uplifting words, from the bottom of the Dowell's hearts, Rosann. Asher was a one of a kind chunky monkey! -Aunt Kim

Kim Kois

He was well loved by so many in this way. Thank you for your care and kind words. -Aunt Kim

Kim Kois

Thank you so much! Prayers are the most powerful thing you can fo for us! -Aunt Kim

Kim Kois

Thank you so much, Emily! -Aunt Kim

Kim Kois

We are blessed to have his beautiful eyes looking down us, Debbie! I'm so glad you got that special time with him! -Aunt Kim

Kim Kois

It's been difficult to say the least, and we are so blessed by the community holding us up in these times. Thank you. -Aunt Kim

Kim Kois

He truly is, he will be missed dearly. I'm so glad you got to know that sweet cherub while he was here! -Aunt Kim

Kim Kois

Thank you so much. -Aunt Kim

Kim Kois

Thank you. We need the prayers to keep coming! -Aunt Kim

Charlotte Metreyeon

I do not know you but my heart hurts also to see such a beautiful child leaving us too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family and friends of this earth angel. Now heaven has another angel to love. Loving thoughts are with you . Charlotte Metreyeon

Vincent and Julie Gongora

I have struggled so hard for the words to say... There's just not any. I am so sorry about your sweet, beautiful Asher! I have prayed so much since Sunday. My heart is broken for y'all and I wish there was something more I could do to ease the pain. Just know you guys are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of love your way. If you need anything we are just a phone call, text or FB message away! We love y'all! ...Julie


I do not know any of you but as a mom and a Nana to 4 beautiful babies I can not imagine the sorrow and grief you are going thru. As a mom you want to always protect your child and as a Nana you always want to protect your child from hurt and also grandbabies from any harm.. You all have been on my heart since I heard about this on Sunday and I cant imagine your pain. Just know there are a lot of people that have been touched by your and Ashers story and thank you for letting us being a small part even if its just thru prayer. Continued prayers from you and your family and for Asher as he watches down on you all from above.

Kathy White

Take care of each other. I’m very sorry this happened.

Martin Grant

My name is Martin and, although I didn’t know Asher’s family personally, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. The Bible can offer great comfort in these difficult times. When Jesus was on earth he spoke about a wonderful time when we will see our dead loved ones again. This promise can be found at John 5:28,29. I hope you find comfort in these words. If you would like to learn more about the resurrection or the condition of the dead, please visit Once again I am so sorry for your loss. Martin Grant Paris, France