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Robert Charles "Charlie" McDowell, 72, of Mount Jackson, North Beaver Township, Lawrence County, passed away at his residence with his family by his side on Wednesday (Aug. 16, 2017).
Charlie was born on Nov. 13, 1944, the son of the late Charles R. and Angeline Shontz McDowell.
A graduate of high school and four-year veteran of the Navy, Charlie attended Youngstown State University and received his degree in finance.
Charles' career started as a bus driver for Rhodes, then Charter Bus driver. He then drove truck for Martin Brothers Trucking until his retirement. But, Charlie kept busy and opened the M.J. Co.
Charlie had many interests, and those that knew him knew he loved hunting, fishing and traveling. He enjoyed restoring cars and was true to the racer in his blood and competed for years on the local oval track circuit running the #22.
But his greatest joy came from his children and grandchildren.
He leaves behind: his wife, the former Marsha J. Hepler, whom he married on May 11, 1979; children Michelle Pisola of St. Augustine, Fla., Chrissy (Javier) Benavides of Tallahassee, Fla., David (Joanie) Lewis of Poland, Ohio, and Bryan (Kristen) McDowell of Aurora, Ohio; sisters Mary Ann (Bill) McGuckin of East Palestine, Ohio, and Thelma (Richard) Strealy of Bessemer; brother Jerry (Kathy) McDowell of Mount Jackson; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robert C. "Charlie," 72, of Mount Jackson.
Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday (8-19-17) and 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday (8-20-17) at the TERRY A. CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, 203 Oak St., Bessemer.
Service: 3 p.m. Sunday (8-20-17) at the funeral home.
Burial: Graceland Cemetery.
Published on August 17, 2017
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