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Agnes Ethel Westervelt

Female 1924 - 2012  (87 years)

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  • Name Agnes Ethel Westervelt 
    Born 29 May 1924  Prescott, Yavapai, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Name Agnes W Dowling  [1
    Died 23 Apr 2012  Dothan, Houston, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Mrs. AGNES WESTERVELT DOWLING SIMPSON: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

      Dothan Eagle, The (AL) - Wednesday, April 25, 2012


      Agnes Westervelt Dowling Simpson Agnes Westervelt Dowling Simpson, 87, longtime resident of the Wiregrass Area passed away peacefully on Monday, April 23, 2012 at her residence.

      Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity with Rev. Jim Flowers officiating.

      Graveside services will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery with Robert Byrd directing.

      In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity.

      Mrs. Simpson was born May 29, 1924 in Prescott, AZ and moved to Dunedin, FL at an early age. She graduated from Clearwater High School with honors and attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and met her future husband R.A. Dowling. She served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and returned to the Wiregrass Area to raise her family. In 1947, along with her husband she was granted a license to put an AM Radio Station on the air which was called WOOF. In 1960 Agnes and R.A. compiled and published the complete genealogy of the Dowling Family of the South.

      Following her husband's death, Agnes forged on with the radio station and in 1963 she filed for the first FM radio station in Dothan as well as one of the first in the state of Alabama. WOOF FM 99.7 went live on the air in September 1964. She was a vital part of the radio station working daily selling commercials and broadcasting on both stations in which she won awards for her newscasting. She was the current president of WOOF Radio and went to the office daily until her recent brief illness. Mrs. Simpson was a longtime member of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Dothan where she was dedicated to a lifetime of service. Her service in the church included being the first woman to serve on the Vestry and was elected by the parishioners to be a Junior Warden and Senior Warden. She was a member of the choir and the Altar Guild for over 50 years.
      Mrs. Simpson was also a graduate of the First Theological Education by Extension Course offered at the Church of the Nativity.

      Many awards and acknowledgments have been bestowed upon Mrs. Simpson, some of the most memorable being; the Silver Medal Award from the Dothan Advertising Federation (their highest award), the first female to receive the Alabama Broadcaster of the Year (1987), Woman of the Year Dothan, AL (1961), Arthritis Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year (1996), Southeast Alabama Advertising Federation's 1st ever Advertising Pioneer Award (2003), and the Dothan Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Membership Award (2003).

      Mrs. Simpson was an advocate of community service and was involved with many organizations including; Past President of the Alabama Broadcaster's Association, Member of the Governor's Task Force on Economic Development, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army, Downtown Redevelopment Authority, Fine Arts Club, Book Review Club, Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Board, Friends of the Opera House, Bridge Club, Dothan Advertising Federation, Parent Teacher Association, Alabama Air Fair, Dothan Country Club, Eclectas Club, Historical Society, S.E.A.D.C. Board, Cherokee Garden Club, and Kiwanis Club. She was also inducted in the First Alabama Broadcaster's Hall of Fame in 2008 and the First Dothan Area chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame in 2011.

      Mrs. Simpson was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Britton Westervelt and Agnes Ethel Burns Westervelt, her husband, R.A. Dowling, her sons, Raymond Britton Dowling and Brian Westervelt Dowling, and a granddaughter, Ariane Cassegrain Livaudais.

      Survivors include her daughters, Jeannie Dowling Livaudais of Mandeville, LA, and Leigh Simpson Thomas and her husband Jonathan of Pinckard, AL; her son, Haywood Hart Dowling of Dothan; grandchildren, Laura Catherine Dowling of Dallas, TX, Britten Livaudais Treder and her husband Christoph of Mandeville, LA, Alexandra Livaudais Brenan and her husband Tim of Virginia Beach, VA, Ariane Montgomery Livaudais of New Orleans, LA, and Zachary Simpson of Newtonville, MA; a host of extended family and friends also survive.

      Robert Byrd of Sunset Memorial Park Funeral Home, (334) 983-6604, www.SunsetMemorialPark.com. Sign the guestbook at www.dothaneagle.com.

      Copyright (c) 2012 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC All Rights Reserved.
    Buried 28 Apr 2012  Memory Hill Cemetery, Dothan, Houston, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I29857  tng Genealogy

    Family 1 R A Dowling, Jr,   b. 27 Jan 1922, Napier Field, Dale, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1960, Dothan, Houston, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married Dec 1943  Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Raymond Britton Dowling,   b. 29 Jun 1947, Dothan, Houston, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 2009  (Age 62 years)  [natural]
     2. Brian Westervelt Dowling,   b. 25 Sep 1948, Dothan, Houston, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 2000  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
     3. Living
     4. Living
    Family ID F10237  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Living 
     1. Living
    Family ID F10239  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsMarried - Dec 1943 - Alabama, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S469] Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), Database online.
      Record for R A Jr Dowling
      Name: R A Jr Dowling
      Birth Date: abt 1922
      Death Date: 7 Aug 1960
      Death Place: Dothan, Houston, Alabama
      Death Age: 38
      Marital Status: Married
      Gender: Male
      Father Name: R A Sr Dowling
      Mother Name: Cona York
      Spouse Name: Mrs Agnes W Dowling
      FHL Film Number: 1908953