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James Robert Dowling Obituary


James Robert Dowling
1954- 2012

On Christmas morning, Jim Dowling was awakened by the presence of the Lord after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

Born in Hartford, Alabama, on January 26, 1954, Jim grew up in Opp, Alabama, attended Opp High School, and graduated from the School of Architecture at Auburn University.

After marrying his high-school sweetheart, Kathy, on December 27, 1975, and living in Auburn, Andalusia, and Birmingham, they made their home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where he practiced architecture and served his family, church, and community for more than thirty years. His work can be seen in churches, government buildings, and homes across several Southern states. He had won many awards for his painting and architecture. He loved to travel and golf.

As President of Kendrick David Dowling Architects, Jim was a proud member of the American Institute of Architects and the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. For several years, he served on the Fort Walton Beach City Council and the Board of Trustees at First United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach, where he has had a church family since 1982.

Jim is survived by his wife, Kathy Dyess Dowling; his children, Deidre Dowling Price and James Drew Dowling; his son-in-law, Jonathan A. Price; and his grandchildren, Daina Alivia-Lee and Atticus Holden Price.

He is also survived by his parents, Robert S. and Virginia A. Dowling of Opp, Alabama; his sisters and brother, Ann (Bill) Hart, Joree (David) Jones, and Robert S. (Lynn) Dowling, Jr.; several nieces and nephews and other beloved family.

He was laid to rest at a private graveside service with family on Friday, December 28. A memorial will be held for family and friends on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 1:30 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com