John Henry McDowell Jr.

January 5, 1958 – October 29, 2022

We honor and celebrate the Inspiring Life of JOHN HENRY MCDOWELL JR. John will be cherished and remembered through the legacy of his family and friends.

A Viewing Visitation will take place on Monday, November 7, 2022 from 5PM – 7PM inside of the Celebration Lounge at Inspired Life Memorials at Summerlin, located at 311 N Buffalo Dr, Suite B Las Vegas, NV 89145

The Celebration of Life service will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 1PM at Christian Embassy Worship Center, located at 1072 W Bartlett Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89106

For those that are unable to attend in person, the service will be live streamed on the Inspired Life Memorials YouTube channel. Feel free to watch and participate using the link below:
A Burial and Military Honors Ceremony will be held immediately following the Celebration of Life service at 3PM at Palm Downtown Cemetery  1325 N Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Additionally, please feel free to sign the guest book below and leave a loving message or positive memory of John with the family.

  1. Kevin "Greygoose" McDonald

    You’re will be missed. Memories of you opening up your home us From SomD last year during our trip to Las Vegas.

  2. Tolores Holmes

    You demonstrated love for your family and you will be greatly missed. We take comfort in knowing that the word says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

  3. Wanda Canada

    My condolences to the McDowell Family, John my heart is so broken I’m really really going to miss you. I Love You ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Kenneth Askins

    I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Past Master John McDowell which is a term (Past Master) that means that he was a past president of his Masonic lodge. He was a credit to our fraternity and organization (The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge Of Nevada) . His kindness and Masonic work ethnics will live on through his masonic Lodge, Phillip Bell Jr. Lodge number #5. I thank God and his family for the opportunity to have known him. He truly believed in equality and community. He talked highly of his Son and Daughter.

    Sincerely yours,

    Kenneth Askins
    Most Worshipful Grand Master Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nevada

  5. Doc Amy

    Gonna miss this guy a lot

  6. Kathy Lattimore

    John was my friend of over 50 years. He was such a beautiful person. My sincere condolences to his family.

  7. Kenneth L. Grant

    Rest in Peace my Brother. S4L
    Kenny G NOVA SON

  8. Rev. Thomas Nicholson

    John was an inspiration to the Masonic Nevada Jurisdiction. His smile and his calmness has given peace to this world. He will be missed. May God give his family and love ones comfort in this time of grief. John is with our Lord and Savior resting. Enjoy your house not made with hands my brother. May the love of Christ abide with our souls until we rest with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  9. Zanira Al Amin

    Really gonna miss you lil brother. Your hugs, smiles and dedication to the family.
    You are irreplaceable in our 💕 and lives. May Allah receive you into Jaanah and grant everlasting light and peace. I Love you to infinity and beyond. Your Big Sis Z

  10. Zanira Al Amin

    Really gonna miss you lil brother. Your hugs, smiles and dedication to the family.
    You are irreplaceable in our 💕 and lives. May Allah receive you into Jaanah and grant everlasting light and peace. I Love you to infinity and beyond. Your Big Sis Z

  11. James "Kool J" Berry

    What a GREAT SOUL! Thank you for allowing me to get to know you. Until we ride again! SFFS

  12. Oliver Smith

    I’ve known John over 50 years and I can truly say that he was A-1…..I didn’t see him often but when I did see him I had a good feeling……he will be missed by ALL who met him and knew him
    Oliver Smith

  13. C. J. Starchilld

    it was a pleasure to know you good brother, SOS


  14. Michael Turpin

    My condolences to the McDowell family. May GOD provide you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Ride peacefully with our other brothers in heaven. The Sons of Solomon MC will truly miss you.

    Michael “Turpdawg ” Turpin

  15. Crystale Heathman

    Through my life John has always been my personal Rock. Now I’m blessed to be left with the sand. You always had a smile and love ❤️ for everyone you met. Your family and friends had your unconditional love. Thank you Rock. To the family my true condolences. You’ve lost a true treasure.

  16. Joseph k Gerideau

    You’ll be missed my brother. Thanks for all help. Rest in peace

  17. Daniel "Phyreman" Johnson

    It was a pleasure to meet and spend time with you in Vegas. Appreciate it all the conversations and guidance since then. You’ll be truly missed. Until we meet again. Condolences to the McDowell Family. 🙏🏾

  18. Janna Parker & The Bayard Family

    “Papa” McDowell was one of the Kindest and most sincere people I have ever met. His love for his children, Jaimee and John, was always evident in my talks with him and seeing him as a Grandfather to DJ was a joy.
    May the memories of happiest and joy he brought to his family live on as part of his legacy.
    Janna Parker & The Bayard Family

  19. Janna Parker and The Bayard Family

    “Pap” McDowell was one of the Kindest and most sincere people I have ever met. His love for Jaimee and John was always evident in our talks and it was wonderful seeing him be a grandfather to DJ.
    He will truly be missed and our prayers and thoughts are with Jaimee, John, the McDowell family, and friends of the family during this time.
    Janna Parker and The Bayard Family

  20. Pearl Stout-Campbell

    Family 👪 I am praying for you all and may God bring you some peace and strength at this time. You have my condolences and deepest sympathy 🙏. Love ❤ you ❤ your cousin Pearl Stout-Campbell ❤

  21. Dione Eagles

    We are sorry for your loss. Rest on, Mr. McDowell.


    Eagles family

  22. Ken “RJ” Smith

    Your hospitality during our Vegas trip last year was unparalleled. We will miss you brother. S4L.

  23. Ivan T. Smith II, SW, St. Mark's Lodge #1 MWPHGL of NV

    I did not know you well or for very long, but the positive impact you left on me and our Masonic Family will live on in our Memories.
    Brotherly love to you and yours.

  24. Lorraine (Shell) Mims

    Sorry to hear about the sudden passing of John talking and having fun kidding around the appointment time came to soon RIP Big daddy

  25. Samone Davis

    My sincere condolences to the family, always a gentleman from the time I was a little girl… May God grant you comfort, strength, peace and Love during this difficult time. LOVE YALL 💜

  26. Mr. Gary and Saphronia Yancey

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the family. May his loving afterglow remain in your hearts. It is never goodbye but until we meet again. May God grant the family peace in the time of sorrow. Sending love from the Yancey family.

  27. roy tolbert

    Our Prayers are with your family ,

    The Tolbert Family

  28. Sandra Dykes Frazier

    So sorry for your loss.

  29. Lawrence Gooch

    May his soul rest in peace and his name live in respect. We physically lost a great man of God. May we all be comforted with his legacy that lives through the lives he touched. My condolences to my late brothers family, friends, PHAMily and loved ones.

  30. Peggy Culverson

    So sad to here you are no longer with us but God know best you were a good cousin it was so good we had to do it all over again the family now what I’m talk about rest in peace my friend love you all way.

  31. Edward Story

    To my great Friend, Masonic Brother, and Cigar Aficionado. In the words of the great Jackie Robinson; “ A Life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives”, You were a true, just, and upright man as well as a great friend and brother who will truly be missed. You left an impact on many lives to include mines and your legacy will live on forever in the hearts of many. Blessings to the family and truly sorry for the loss of one of the most influential Men and Masonic Brothers I had the honor of knowing. I will miss our cigar sessions and all the great memories we shared!


    Ed Story
    Past Master, Phillip E. Bell Jr#5

  32. SW Anthony Horsley

    My sincere condolences go out to the McDowell family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, in this trying time. PM McDowell is gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. May he rest in peace.🙏

  33. Bro. Jayanni Joseph

    This doesn’t feel real, I don’t want it to be real, I don’t like that I have to continue this road without the man that raised me. It’s too soon for me, we talked about so many plans, my mentor and brother. We were going so excited for the future ahead of us.

    Thank you for your impact, your compassion, your teaching, and most importantly your brotherly love. I will never forget the example you laid. My heart hurts, my wife hurts, you truly inserted yourself into my family and I’ll always love you for it. There’s too much to say and not enough space for it.

    I’m going to miss you Big Dog!!

    Bro. Jayanni Joseph
    Phillip E. Bell Jr. #5

  34. Kenneth “PeeWee” Warren

    Uncle John, words cannot fully explain how much I love and appreciate you. You poured into me when I felt empty, you lifted me up when I felt low. You opened my eyes to so many things and showed me how to see the world through my viewfinder…

    You were here yesterday, you’re gone today…but you will FOREVER live in my heart.

    I love you Unc…

  35. Michelle Sanders

    May you rest easy and peaceful, my brother. PSSITA until we meet again.

  36. Joe Holmes

    Best to the family

  37. Ray (Steve Dixon) Mims

    Rest In Peace My Friend, It Was A Pleasure knowing You And Your Family. Praying 🙏 For The Family

  38. Sharmell Mccaleb

    To the family. I will be praying for you. John was a father figure and will truly missed.

  39. Soror Stephanie Nelson-Butler

    Condolences to you and your family, Soror Jamiee.

  40. Harriet Hanley

    Days will pass and turn into years but we will forever remember you.
    R.I.P. Gone but not forgotten. We have lost a great man.

  41. Jeffrey & Sherriel Jones

    To the McDowell family, our condolences go out to all of you. John was not only my Masonic brother he was a co-worker with my wife at the VA. John was class, that person that displayed what a man is supposed to look like as well as conduct himself with the utmost respect to all. Miss U.

  42. Earlene Donnell Poindexter

    Prayers and condolences 💐🙏🏾🙏🏾

  43. Michael Warren

    John you will be greatly missed.

  44. Tommie Wooden-Medlock

    May memories of PM McDowell be embedded in our hearts for year to come. May the foundation that he laid be used as a steppingstone to continue his legacy in our Jurisdiction.

    PGWM Tommie Wooden-Medlock
    2nd OES/PHA Generation Silver Star #1/DRGC OES/PHA NV Jurisdiction

  45. Jasonia Martin

    I feel anger & disbelief that my Brother & Friend will not be able to take my calls & tell me everything will be okay ! I will always remember the lesson you taught me in numerous conversation we’ve shared you will be missed more than anyone can imagine….
    I carry you in my heart Always your sister & your friend 🥰

  46. Shomari Harris

    Uncle John I am so sad that this is our new reality. It’s very hard for me to accept. I wish I could have gave you one last hug I really do.
    You were so fun, loving, and inspiring. I am going to miss hanging out at all your houses with the family and just having a good time. Your energy will be missed forever. Thanks for being you, you are irreplaceable. I will also miss your smile and your jokes the most. I hope you watch over the family as we will forever think about you. I love you so much and I’m happy I was able to make you proud.

    Love, Mari ❤️

  47. Tiffany Dixon

    I love you “POPS”


    P.S…. ( church finger)DAD JOKE!

  48. Andre' Hall JW Phillip E Bell Jr lodge #5 and Kathlyn Hall Alpha and Omega #4 OES

    Miss you? Yes, but, more than that we really want to say “Thank You ” for the positive impact you continue to have on our lives. Words will never be enough.

  49. Rev. Marvin & Patricia Sellman

    A man of true peace and love and compassion. A man who loved his family and gave of himself without fear of judgment. You are a great friend and brother who will be missed. May God bless and keep your family through this time of lost.

  50. Rev. Marvin & Patricia Sellman

    Gone too soon…… a great man, John you will truly be missed, we embrace your memories. A man of peace a man of love, one whom loved his family, without fear or judgement. One whom serve his country, and loved the Lord! May God comfort the family!

  51. Darrell Macon BamBam

    Ride In Heaven Bro till we meet again.Prayers going out and up to the Family .S4L

  52. Bro. Derrick Jackson

    I will miss you Big Dog and our long authentic conversations also I am sending my condolences to the McDowell family. Rest In Peace my Brother you will truly be missed !!!

  53. Maurice & Cindy Whittington

    We thought of you today, but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. We think of you in silence. We often speak your name. Now all we have are memories. And your picture in a frame. Your memory is our keepsake. With which we’ll never part. God has you in his keeping, we have you in our hearts. John you will truly be missed! The great memories that we have will be with us forever. We love you 🥰

  54. Veronica McDowell

    So sorry family for your loss. The McDowell family of Delhi, Louisiana will keep the Family in our prayers. Love y’all

  55. Don (Twista) Bridges

    A true friend, man of his word and willing to give all he had to ensure those who came to visit was covered and wanted for nothing. During our ride to Vegas from DC, he opened his home and made us feel like family!!

  56. Rev. Adrian D. Allen

    2 Samuel 1:26 (BBE) I am full of grief for you, my brother Jonathan: very dear have you been to me: your love for me was a wonder… John you showed us all what true brotherhood and brotherly love was about. I am grateful to have had the privilege to call you brother and friend. Rest well your, memory will live on and your labor was not in vain. To the family God bless you in this time of sorrow.

  57. PM. Lavana walker

    You will be missed, but we will meet again I will never ever forget you! My cousin, my brother, my friend!

  58. Gorgette Green-Hodnett

    To Soror Jaimee, Holmes family and friends, Calvin and I offer our condolences to you during this time. We both lost our fathers and we know how you might be feeling. Prayer that God’s love and peace offers comfort during your times of need. Love Soror Gorgette and Calvin

  59. Angela Warren

    Thank you John for being my big brother when we were in high school. My parents always trusted you, you made sure we were safe and got home on time. That’s you always helping others. God has given you your wings and I’m so grateful you will be watching over us. God bless your family and my love and condolences to you all.

  60. Brian & Amina Law

    On behalf of the Jones & Law family we give our condolences. We are thinking of you Jaimee, Devon & family at this difficult time. Praying that God will provide you & family peace, love & comfort. You may not know what to do at this time? Ask God. Listen to God & Trust God.
    2 kings 4:1-3


    We all will miss your presence but pray, the brotherly love you showed will continue from the example you provided
    RWDGM Levy Belton

  62. Vicki Walker

    I will definitely miss you, I’ll miss all the trash talk. Thank you for being such an awesome friend.
    Love you ❤️

  63. Shirley Williams

    You have my prayers and the whole family. You have my love. Shirley

  64. Yvette Hall

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you peace.

  65. Lloyd Scott

    Thanking my Heavenly Father for Sharing A caring Beautiful Soul With Me. As we pass thru this way for a short while our roads cross then split temporarily but when they cross again we will be back together Eternally til then Live on in Heaven my Brother.❤

  66. Betty Glosson

    Sorry for your lost Praying for you and your family 🙏

  67. Denise Bell

    To John, I thank him for committing his time, service and dedication to the lodge that bears my brothers name, Phillip E Bell Jr, Masonic Lodge #5. As the lodge continues on, so will John’s memory. John will surely be missed.
    To the family, my deepest sympathy to the entire McDowell family. Be comforted in knowing God is with you, His love and peace surround you. It’s okay to not be okay. Always remember His promises.

    May John rest in peace.

    Denise Bell

  68. Cindy McCall-Rollins

    To the family of John McDowell. After reading all the beautiful things said about John I’m so sorry I never had the opportunity to meet him. I’m his first cousin originally from Delhi Louisiana myself. My Mom and Uncle Harry were brother and sister. Ruby Dean (Monk) was her name. Please family accept my deepest condolences on the loss of this remarkable man. May God give you peace in knowing he’s resting eternally with our Lord and Savior. God bless you all my family!

  69. James W. Trapp Jr.

    I was deeply saddened to learn of John’s passing. I extend my heart felt condolences to the family. I’m praying John’s soul is at peace and I encourage his family and friends to lean on the Lord for comfort and strength in this difficult time. Peace & Blessings!

  70. Jennifer Butler

    🙏 prayer’s for the family…

  71. Renee Thompson (Mrs. 7Mile) & Eli Thompson (7Mile)

    John certainly left his mark here on earth, so much so that there is an enormous void now that he has transitioned! To have known him was to know a deeper part of yourself; there was so much that could be learned from him. Meeting him greatly enriched our lives; he was most certainly… ONE OF A KIND!

    I am thankful for the moments shared, the wisdom and knowledge gained, and the genuine friendship that grew over the years. May his name continue to be spoken and his deeds forever remembered. Rest in eternal power!

  72. Linda McDowell

    My condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the family. May God give you peace and comfort during this time of bereavement. Much love family.

  73. Alexandria Spivey-Inmon

    Expressing my deepest condolences on behalf of the Spivey family. Praying for God’s comfort to his family and loved ones.

  74. Charlotte McDowell Hatten

    I’m so for your loss

  75. Sharia Yancey, esq.

    My heart is truly heavy as it is difficult to express my heartfelt condolences to such a wonderful family.

    I am grateful for the moments I was able to share with Mr. McDowell as a child, teenager and an adult. The smile that Jaimee would put on his face was unforgettable as we attempted to persuade him to allow us to attend an event with friends.

    It is clear that he loved his children and would always make room for their friends. He always treated me like family and never passed up the opportunity to joke with me. He will truly be missed.

    My prayers are with the entire family and I pray that each and every one of you will have peace.

  76. Sharia Yancey, Esq.

    My heart is truly heavy as it difficult to express my heartfelt condolences to such a wonderful family.

    I am grateful for the moments that I shared with Mr. Mcdowell as a child, teenager and adult. The smile that Jaimee would put on his face was unforgettable as we attempted to persuade him to allow us to go to an event with friends.

    It was clear that he loved his children and always made room for their friends. He treated me like family and would never pass up the opportunity to joke with me. He will truly be missed.

    My prayers are with the entire family and I pray that each and every one of you will have peace.

  77. Angela Fleming

    My prayers are for your family may God give you the strength to keep going I’m sure that’s what John would want much love

  78. Kimberly Knight-Nelson

    My deepest sympathies to the Mcdowell family. It was hard to hear of your transition. May you rest in eternal peace. Please give La Toyce a hug and let her know I miss her as well.

  79. Courtenee Riley

    You will be missed! My prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends!

  80. Richard Jiles

    My condolences to the McDowell family

  81. PM Robert Mines

    PM Mc Dowell was a true Brother indeed. One who always gave good counsel and was always willing to lend you his ear. Rest easy my Brother. Until we meet again. OTS

  82. Le'Melvin "OUTBURST" Dockett

    You will be missed my brother

    Darkness into the Sunset

    As I sit here in the darkness on my scoot Staring at your silhouette. As you stare into the sunset getting ready to take your last ride into the sunset. As i hear voice say SONS FOR LIFE, SONS FOREVER FOREVER SONS. Keep riding yo scoot OUTBURST.

    Las vegas sons 4 life

  83. Tammy Banks

    I rember John when I came to visit in Utah how soul out he was for Jesus I saw a change person I was so proud of him and if we accept Jesus as our Lord in Savior and live right we will to see John again.

  84. Aretha Wolfe

    I’m so sorry to hear that you have passed. My buddy. You will be missed so so much. Prayers and love And condolences to the family.

  85. Dariel & Sharron Johnson

    From Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Dariel & Sharron Johnson. God bless the family of John. We knew John and Amy from being stationed at Yokota, Japan. We miss those days of close community and friendships. May God continue to guide his children in the Loss of their father…

  86. Larshanda Porter

    My condolences to the family, John will truly be missed. I am so sad that you are gone. I have so many memories that I w cherish forever. John will forever be in my heart. I am glad I got to know you. You taught me so much. I love you John. I will miss you always. Always in my heart and on my mind. Rest in peace.

  87. Rev. Stretch Sanders

    Brother PM McDowell

    I truly miss your presence and your love.
    Our lodge (Phillip E Bell Jr. Lodge number 5) is not the same without you.
    You were truly a great brother and Mason


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