Kathy VanHooser DowellSeptember 15, 1958 ~ June 25, 2017 (age 58)
Kathy Lynn VanHooser Dowell, Age 58, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017. She was the daughter of Robert T. VanHooser, Jr. and the late Anna Ruth Spivey VanHooser. She was preceded in death by father and mother-in-law Bill and Lullie Mae Dowell.
Kathy is survived by her husband James (Jim) Allen Dowell, sisters Robin (Joel) VanHooser Wright and Regina (Al) VanHooser Cobb of Lebanon, TN., brother-in-law John (Sherry) Dowell, New Albany, Ind., nieces and nephews Adam (Jessie) T. Wright, Natalie Cobb Griffin, Robert Allen. P. Cobb, Ashley, Sarah, J.W. and Chad Dowell and great nieces and nephew Jaiden Griffin, Soren and Noomi Wright.
She was a graduate of Lebanon High School, Class of 1976 where she was a Varsity Cheer Leader and attended Cumberland College. After she completed her education she entered the business world working for Bell South, Bryan Insurance in Lebanon, Community Health Systems of Brentwood, and Gulf Coast Development. She and Jim were married 28 years and during that time she was a strong advocate of Jim’s business achievements in music and real-estate. She was Vice President for the Steel Horse Stampede Motorcycle and Music Festival in Nashville and Franklin from 1997 through 2006. She and her husband were avid Harley riders. She enjoyed riding her bike to Gatlinburg and the Smokies. She loved animals and cared for several dogs during her life-time, Rhett, Sissy, Beau, Buster, as well as her cat Cleo. She was a noted equestrian having won several blue ribbons in Dressage riding Santiago and Jazz. She had a passion for design and a love for taking a diamond in the rough and transforming it into a show piece.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1 pm at West Haven Baptist Church with Dr. Jonathan Richerson officiating. Interment will follow the services at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Lebanon. Phil Bryant, Jack Bell, Frank Bryant, David Knight, Adam Wright, and Allen Cobb will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Sheila Mitchell, Jimmy and Lavelle Allen, T.A and Jean Bryan, Sr., Donna Wilson Barry, Mary Jo Cotton Cote, Lisa VanHooser Blackaby, and Wanda Stoner.
Visitation with the family will be Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm at Partlow Funeral Chapel in Lebanon, TN, and 11:30 Friday, June 30, 2017 at West Haven Baptist Church in Lebanon, TN prior to the service at 1:00 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Williamson County Animal Center, at 106 Claude Yates Drive, Franklin, TN 37064 or on-line at friendsofwcac.com