April 30, 1927-May 31, 2020

A service to honor the life of Donald Glenn Dowden, 93, will be Friday, June 5 at 2 p.m. at Kisatchie Baptist Church with Bro. Wayne Chance, Bro. Bill Hudson and Buster Jordan officiating.  Burial will follow at Kisatchie Cemetery.

On May 31, 2020, the Dowden family chain was broken again.  Our family lost a huge link and all our lives will change once again.  All the pain and grief is over and he is at peace safely in heaven. Glenn was born April 30, 1927, in Kisatchie to Chris Young and Bertie Lee Spears Dowden.  The oldest of three sons went to be with his Lord and Savior after five years of being paralyzed and in a nursing facility in Natchitoches.

Glenn was predeceased by his parents; brother, Willard Gerald Dowden; wife of over 50 years, Nella Faye Babb Dowden; daughters, Joy Faye Dowden Cockrum, Lynne Dee Dowden Weaver, and a special angel, Kristie Kay Dowden; sons-in-law, Lyle Stanley Cockrum and Randy Weaver; and sister-in-law, Judy Foster Dowden.

Glenn is survived by one brother, Elton Buel “E.B.” Dowden; sister-in-law, Carney Rae Babb Nelms; daughters and caregivers, Donna Dowden Hernandez and husband Jerry, Mary Beth Dowden Yocum; son, Don Wade Dowden and wife Elizabeth; nine grandchildren, Kimberly, Nicole, Katey, Melissa, Kyle, Phillip, Wesley, Lucas and Will; 12 great-grandchildren, Mason, Madelyn, Christian, Kamron, Aubree, Gage, Brinlee, Kambria, Nella Reese and Ira; step-great grandsons, Mason, Max, Jayed and Murphy; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Glenn retired from the Natchitoches City Police as a lieutenant and is a lifetime member of the Louisiana Peace Officers Association. After retirement, he worked for butane and propane companies in the area.  Glenn’s hobbies were hunting and gardening.  He spent countless hours planting and harvesting his crops and canning everything himself.  He plowed other people’s gardens, mowed their grass and found time for his small tool sharpening hobby.

The most important thing was serving his Lord and he rarely missed a service.  Before being paralyzed in 2014, he and Kristie went to Pleasant Hill Nursing Home, Many Nursing and Rehab where they enjoyed participating with his group of retired singers and sang with the music ministry group for the residents. Through the good and the bad times, Glenn never lost his faith and love for his savior, Jesus Christ, and we know he is reunited in heaven with the ones that have gone before.  We will miss him dearly but take comfort in knowing we will see him again in heaven one day.

Pallbearers will be Pete Wardell, Kyle Yocum, Billy Garland, Lucas Dowden, Wesley Dowden Phillip Dowden. Honorary pallbearer is Jerry Hernandez.

The family wishes to “thank” all the caring staff at The Courtyard of Natchitoches, especially Kim, Karen, Kathy and Judy.  Not only were you caregivers, you were friends that dearly loved Glenn.  We would also extend our deepest gratitude to Marie McDaniel and Buster Jordan with Hospice of Natchitoches for the care given during his final days with us.  May God bless you and keep all of you safe.  —