Thomas J. Dowling, 72, of Woodbine, passed away Monday, December 8, 2014, at
Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL.
Born December 15, 1941 in Waycross, GA, he was the son of the late William
A. and Aurelia Tatum Dowling. He was also preceded in death by two sisters,
Jeanice Lynn and Estelle Dinkins.
Mr. Dowling had resided in Camden County for the past 21 years, and was
retired from the United States Navy with 20 years of service. He served his
country honorably including two tours of duty in Vietnam. Following his
career in the Navy, he started his own business repairing medical equipment
in small hospitals in Southeast Georgia.
Mr. Dowling’s passion were his family, faith, fishing, and singing. He and
his wife Winkie, known as the Sonshine Singers, sang and entertained at area
nursing homes. He was a member of the Westside Baptist Church.
A Celebration of Mr. Dowling’s Life will be held Friday, December 12, 2014
at 11 am at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, with Pastor Greg Gardell
and Scotty Langford officiating, and with full Military Honors. The family
will receive friends one hour prior to services at 10 am.
Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years,Winkie Dowling; children,
Dietra McKinney (Marvin), Michelle Ramos (Raymond), and LaVaughn Dowling
(Keely); three brothers, Randall Dowling, Leroy Thrift, and Robert Dowling;
six sisters, Louise Mitchell, Maggie Bohannon, Katie Crews, Kathryn Altman,
Sybil Muise, and Latrelle Kozarr; ten grandchildren, Alycia, Rachael, Kelly,
Sean, Christian, Tyler, Olivia, Leanna, Matthew, and Natalie; four
great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Lindsey, Levi, and Harper; many nieces and
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home of St. Marys is in charge of