The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

September 27, 2013

Kendall Dowell

The News Courier

— Kendall Burgess Dowell, 47, passed away at his home in Birmingham on Aug. 27, 2013.  Kendall was a truly dynamic personality and made an indelible impression on all who knew him. 

He will be greatly missed by his mother, Betty Dowell of Athens; sister, Cindy Newlin of Florida, her children David Newlin of Florida and Heather and Winthrop Allen of South Carolina; brothers, Michael Dowell (Pat Gooch) of Virginia, Jonathan Dowell of Texas, Steve and Lana Dowell, their children Jessica and Elizabeth of Indiana, Ben Dowell (Mony DeMarco) of Georgia, Nathan and Danielle Dowell, their children Perry and Alex of Alabama; and many beloved extended family members and dear friends. 

Kendall was preceded in death earlier this year by his father, H.B. “Mike” Dowell of Athens.

Kendall graduated from The Alabama School Of Fine Arts in 1985 and lived in Charlotte, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Memphis, and Athens before returning to Birmingham last year. He loved his work with numerous theatre companies in roles ranging from behind the scenes to principal characters, and was never happier than when performing. 

He often volunteered his time to work with the homeless, enjoyed visiting with the elderly in assisted living facilities, and would gladly give his last dollar to someone he felt needed it worse than he — something he did many times.

Services for Kendall will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at First Presbyterian Church in Athens. 

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to either the charity of one's choice, The Alabama School Of Fine Arts, or by writing Congress in support of better access to mental health services for all Americans.