He was born in Macon County, N.C., to Lucy “Merle” Bradley Adameit and the late Thomas M. McDowell Jr. He was a trainer for the Hanes Textile Company for 21 years and loved golfing and reading. He was of the Methodist faith.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a nephew.
In addition to his mother, Charles is survived by: two sisters, Linda Brown and husband Tim of Demorest and Janice Tyler of Mountain City; two brothers, Edward McDowell of Mountain City and Tracy McDowell of Otto; a niece; and two nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday in the chapel of Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home with the Revs. Gabe Southard and Vic Greene officiating. Burial followed in Asbury United Methodist Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tracy McDowell, Eddie McDowell, Greg Allen, Jesse Harkins, Roy Quilliams and Lance Kilby.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Franklin, NC 28734.
Bryant‑Grant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.