He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Edith McDowell.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Lee McDowell; children: Charles McDowell and Cynthia Black, both of Atlanta and David McDowell and Lori Gardner, both of Cleveland; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 26, 2012, at Grissom Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Wickes officiating.
Interment will follow in Fort Hill Cemetery with military honors.
The family will receive guests from 1 to 3 this evening prior to the service at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorials be made in Billy Joe’s honor to Hospice of Chattanooga Foundation, P.O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, TN 37416 in lieu of flowers.