Obituary for John W. Dowd of Carthage

John W. Dowd, 71, of Carthage, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021, at his home. 


John was born on October 12, 1949 in Pinehurst to the late Robert Peter Dowd, II and Eva R. Dowd. He graduated from Southern Pines High School, and served in the United States Navy. 


He is survived by his children Sara Dowd, Abigail Dowd (Jason Duff) and Jake Dowd; brothers Pete (Julia) Dowd of Carthage, Neil (Tara) Dowd of West End, and Tom Dowd of Biscoe; sisters Ann (Robert) Medlin of West End, Harriet (Jerry) Wicker of West End; and his best friend Ray Owen; and a host of dear nieces, nephews, friends.


In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his beloved dogs Max & Ollie, and nephews Ben Dowd and Luke Dowd.


He loved animals, nature, and most of all his three children of whom he was so proud. He believed that the most important thing to strive for was happiness and his quiet nature could not hide his infectious smile. All who knew and loved him will remember his lingering kindness and loyalty. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Moore Humane Society.


A graveside service is planned. Details will be provided later. 


Online condolences may be made at


Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home.

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