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Rinzer "Yank" Dowdell, Jr.

December 18, 1940 ~ June 26, 2019 (age 78)

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Mr. Rinzer Dowdell, Jr. was born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Rinzer (Rosa) Dowdell, Sr., on December 18, 1940, in Birmingham, Alabama. He was one of three children, (two sons and one daughter).

He attended Brunetta C. Hill Elementary School and A. H. Parker High School.

He confessed Christ and was baptized at an early age, joining Sixth Street Peace Baptist Church, under the pastorage of Rev. John Henry Stevenson.

He departed this life on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Saint Vincents Hospital.

He leaves to cherish his loving memory, a dear and devoted partner: Willie Mae Derrick; two sons: Roderick Dowdell and Rinzer Dowdell, III, both of Boston, Massachusetts; one daughter-in-law: Debra Dowdell of Boston, Massachusetts; one daughter: Patricia Ann Mayers-Deceased (Birmingham, Alabama); one sister: Rosemary D. Kelley of Birmingham, Alabama; one brother: James Carl Dowdell-Deceased (Birmingham, Alabama); one nephew: Eden Kelly, Jr. (Ashley R. Kelly), of Atlanta , Georgia; three grandchildren: Darrell Myers and Yolanda Myers of Birmingham, Alabama, and  Daevon Dowdell of Boston, Massachusetts; two great-grandchildren; great-niece: Shelaine Kelly of Birmingham, Alabama; great-nephew: Sean Kelly of Orlando, Florida; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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July 5, 2019

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Dante Jelks Funeral Home LLC.
4904 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35222

Funeral Service
July 6, 2019

12:00 PM
Dante Jelks Funeral Home LLC.
4904 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35222

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