Cleveland, Ohio — Bobby Joe McDowell, 83, died Saturday, May 6, 2023. Son of the late Deacon Hayles and Ozelia McDowell, he was a native of Cherokee County. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Benedict College, and earned a master’s degree in Mathematics and Administration from Kent State University. After a long career as an educator, he retired from the Cleveland Municipal School District as Principal of West Technical High School.
He was baptized at Concord Baptist Church, where he later served as Sunday School Superintendent and Deacon. After making his home in Cleveland, he became a longtime member of East Mount Zion Baptist Church, where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board.
He is survived by his former wife, Fannie McDowell; their children, Barbara McDowell, and Audrey McDowell; his son Robert Neal Jefferies (Leecie); one grandchild; three great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, and dear family friends.
Services will be held Friday at 10:30 am at East Mount Zion Baptist Church, 9990 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106. Burial will be in Cleveland. www.watsonsfuneralhome.com/obituary/Bobby- McDowell
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