Born in Laurens County, he was a son of Melvin McDowell, Sr. and Rosa Marie Neely McDowell.
He is survived by his father, Melvin McDowell, Sr. of Laurens; three brothers, Victor R. (Denice) McDowell of Mauldin, Errold (Iris) McDowell of West Columbia and Brian (Melissa) McDowell of Laurens and two sisters, Stephanie McDowell of Marietta, GA and Nadine Workman-Brown of Laurens.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m., Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the Springfield Baptist Church, with Dr. Bryant Cheek officiating.
The family is at the home of a brother, Melvin McDowell, Jr., 811 N. Harper Street, Laurens.
Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens is in charge of arrangements.