Larry Cornelius “Gus” Dowtin was born to Mary Williams Dowtin and the late Samuel Dowtin, Sr. on August 31, 1956, in Halifax County, North Carolina. He was called home to eternal rest and peace on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at WakeMed Cary Hospital in Cary, North Carolina, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
His formal education was received in the Halifax and Warren County Public School Systems, and during his early life, he professed faith and belief in Jesus Christ.
Larry will be forever remembered as the “Life of the Party”, a straight talker, the grill master, a dedicated Washington Redskins fan, and one who loved the Lord. The Dowtin family will never be the same.
In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his niece, LaKysha Dowtin.
Those left to cherish the lasting memories of his life are his daughter, Denita Burgess of Richmond, VA; his two sons, Rodney Burgess of Hampton, VA, and Leontre Scott (Paquita) of Yorktown, VA; four granddaughters, Morgan, Khela, Shaniya, and Dynasty; three grandsons, Marcquez, Leontre, Jr., and Zachaus; his loving mother, Mary Dowtin of Raleigh, NC; three sisters, Eloise Dowtin of Raleigh, NC, Barbara Wilkins of Littleton, NC, and Mary Mills (Maurice) of Whitakers, NC; three brothers, Samuel Dowtin, Jr.(Lizzie) and Ruben Dowtin of Raleigh, NC, and Micah Dowtin (Ernestine) of Littleton, NC; three aunts, Mamie D. Alston of Littleton, NC, Josie M. Dowtin of Bronx, NY, and Ellen Jarrell of Littleton, NC; a host of nieces and nephews, Sharesa, Cornelius (Carol), Kimberly (Thomas), Marc, Kenneth, Danny, Telvin, Cynika, Tameka, Micah, Sha’Brittany, Chasity, Derrick, Jerry, Quinesha, Michael, Paris, and Shauna; many great-nieces and nephews, cousins, the extended Burgess family, and many friends, including a special friend and caregiver, Celeste Patterson of Raleigh, NC.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the funeral home. Elder Fred Martin, Jr. will eulogize, and burial will follow in the in the Refuge Church of Christ Cemetery, Littleton, NC. The body will repose at the funeral home on Friday, January 24, 2014, until 8:30 P.M.