April 30, 1927 - May 31, 2020
A service to honor the life of Donald Glenn Dowden will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020, at 2 pm at Kisatchie Baptist Church, with Bro. Wayne Chance, Bro. Bill Hudson, and Buster Jordan officiating. Burial will follow at Kisatchie Cemetery.
On May 31, 2020, the Dowden family chain was broken again. Our family lost a huge link and all our lives will change once again. All the pain and grief is over and he is at peace safely in heaven.
Glenn was born on April 30, 1927, in Kisatchie, LA to Chris Young and Bertie Lee Spears Dowden. The oldest of three sons went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 31st after six years of being paralyzed and in a nursing facility on Natchitoches at the age of 93.
Glenn was predeceased by his parents; brother, Willard Gerald Dowden; wife, Nella Faye Babb Dowden of 50+ years; daughters, Joy Faye Dowden Cockrum, Lynne Dee Dowden Weaver, and a special angel, Kristie Kay Dowden; sons-in-law, Lyle Stanley Cockrum and Randy Weaver; and a sister-in-law, Judy Foster Dowden.
Glenn is survived by one brother, Elton Buel (E.B.) Dowden; sister-in-law, Carney Rae Babb Nelms; daughters and caregivers, Donna Dowden Hernandez and husband Jerry, Mary Beth Dowden Yocum; a son, Don Wade Dowden and wife Elizabeth. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Kimberly, Nicole, Katey, Melissa, Kyle, Phillip, Wesley, Lucas, and Will; and 12 great grandchildren, Mason, Madelyn, Christian, Kamron, Aubree, Gage, Brinlee, Kambria, Nella Reese, Ira, step-great grandsons, Mason, Max, Murphy, and Jayed; as well as a host of nieces, nephews , and friends.
Glenn retired from the Natchitoches City Police as a lieutenant and is a lifetime member of the Louisiana Peace Officers Association. After retirement, he worked for butane and propane companies in the area. Glenn’s hobbies were hunting and gardening. He spent countless hours planting and harvesting his crops and canning everything himself. He plowed other people’s gardens, mowed their grass and found time for his small tool sharpening hobby. The most important thing was serving his Lord and rarely missed a service. Before being paralyzed in 2014, he and Kristie went to Pleasant Hill Nursing Home Many Nursing and Rehab where they enjoyed participating with his group of retired singers and sang with the music ministry group for the residents there. Through the good and the bad times, Glenn never lost his faith and love for his savior, Jesus Christ and we know he is reunited in heaven with the ones that have gone before. We will miss him dearly but take comfort in knowing we will see him again in heaven one day.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers will be Pete Wardell, Kyle Yokum, Billy Yokum, Lucas Dowden, Wesley Dowden, and Phillip Dowden. Honorary pallbearer will be Jerry Hernandez.
The family wishes to “thank” all the caring staff at The Courtyard of Natchitoches especially Kim, Karen, Kathy, and Judy. Not only were you caregivers, you were friends that dearly loved Glenn. We would also extend our deepest gratitude to Marie McDaniel and Buster Jordan with Hospice of Natchitoches for the care given during his final days with us. May God bless you and keep all of you safe.