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Doris Hughes McDowell

July 20, 1933 — May 4, 2018

Doris Ann Hughes McDowellLaurensDoris Ann Hughes McDowell, age 84, formerly of Kingston Drive, and widow of Sorrell McDowell, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018, at National Healthcare Center of Laurens.Born in Ware Shoals, she was a daughter of the late Brewster and Ruby Bryant Hughes. Doris graduated from Ware Shoals High School in 1951 and from Lander University in 1955. She then served as educational assistant at First United Methodist Church of Laurens for a short time. Doris was a dental assistant for Dr. J.C. Smoak before joining the Laurens District 55 School System as a teacher for 34 years. After retiring, Mrs. McDowell volunteered with Senior Options and with First United Methodist Church of Laurens. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Laurens where she was also a part of the Wesley Sunday School Class.Surviving are her son, Sorrell Eugene "Gene" McDowell of Laurens; her brother, James A. "Jimmy" Hughes and wife Alice of Ware Shoals; her sister, Nell H. Finley and husband Sonny of Greenwood; brother-in-law, Billy McDowell and wife Sara of Talladega, AL; five nieces; three nephews; and numerous cousins.In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. McDowell was predeceased by a brother, Alton Hughes and a sister, Lois Virginia H. Simpson.Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 7, 2018, at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. John Jordan with burial following in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.The family will be at their respective homes and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary from 1:00-2:00 pm on Monday, prior to the service.Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Laurens, PO Box 203, Laurens, SC 29360.Condolences may be expressed online at To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Doris Hughes McDowell please visit our Sympathy Store.

Cemetery Details

Greenwood Memorial Gardens
3302 U.S. 25
Hodges,, SC, 29653


MAY 7. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)

The Kennedy Mortuary, Inc.

606 West Main Street

Laurens, SC, 29360


MAY 7. 2:00 PM (EDT)

The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel

606 W. Main St.

Laurens, SC

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

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