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Cletus E. Dowless

August 23, 1934 — November 18, 2023

Cletus E. Dowless, 89, of Bladenboro passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2023.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Nealey and Sallie Davis Dowless; wife Betty Melvin Dowless, daughter, Gwenda Smith; son, Dale Dowless; brothers, Warren and Gurney Dowless, and sister, Gladys Pharr.

Cletus looked forward to Sunday nights when his children and grandchildren came over to eat. Cletus loved to coon hunt, train dogs to coon hunt. You would often see him sitting in his chair watching westerns or listening to Gaither’s singing, but his all-time favorite thing was watching Gun Smoke. He enjoyed going to the mountains with his wife, while they were there, they would enjoy going to the singing on the mountains. After planting season was over, you would find him sitting on the farm watching the crops grow.

He is survived by his son, Ronnie Dowless and wife Peggy of Bladenboro; two brothers, Harold and Kenneth Dowless both of Bladenboro; sister, Sallie O’Sullivan of Elizabethtown; grandchildren: Clayton,  his children, Catherine and Kimberly; Crystal, her children, Travis, Noah, and Colt; Henry,  his daughter, Addie; Lisa, her son, Jeremy; Carrie,  her daughter, Georgia; Ashley,  her daughter, Natalie; Amanda,  her children, Emma and Ellie; Bobby Dale,  his children, Luke and Joseph, a granddaughter Keana, and a great-great granddaughter Harper.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 20, 2023, from 6:00pm until 8:00 pm at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 2:00pm at Henry Allen Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Beck officiating.

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Service Schedule

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Monday, November 20, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home & Cremation Services

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

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