Funeral services for Bishop Edmond Dowling Sr., 78, of 127 Brickle St., Bamberg, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Denmark-Olar High School, Denmark. The burial will follow in the Apostolic Faith Churches Cemetery, Govan.
The family will be greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at St. Phillip Apostolic Faith Church of Deliverance, Govan.
He died Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg.
He was born March 10, 1938, to the late Bishop Loly and Mother Rebecca Counts Dowling in Bamberg County. At an early age, he attended St. Phillip COGIC in Govan and attended Middle Place School in Govan. Bishop Dowling was employed for approximately 10 years with the Sea Coastline Railroad, Pensacola, Florida. He was married to the late former Missionary Mary Virginia Edgefield. This union bore eight children, one of whom preceded him in death. Later in life, he joined St. Phillip Apostolic Faith Church of Deliverance, Govan; there he was ordained and served as a deacon, minister, elder, bishop, and then Overseer. He served as pastor for 38 years and then as Overseer for two years.
Surviving are his loving children, Edmond (Rebecca) Dowling Jr. of Columbia, Elder Everette Dowling Sr. of Denmark, Missionary Alma (Benjamin) Smith and Barbara (Tamir) Diamond, both of Columbia, Virginia (Dwayne Sr.) Spellman and Elder Priscilla B. (James) Spruill, both of Denmark, and Michelle Gillis of the home; 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Thomas (Ella Mae) Dowling of Orangeburg, Laurie (Minister Deloris) Dowling of Govan, Daniel (Gladys) Dowling of Denmark,and Loly (Renita) Dowling III of Charlotte, North Carolina; two sisters, Missionary Lorean (David) Hill and Mother Mary Alice (Billy) Hudson, both of Denmark; and two aunts, Evangelist Samella Edward of Govan and Mother Jess Mae Hicks of West Palm Beach, Florida.
The Denmark Chapel of Carroll Mortuary will be in charge of the services.
Friends may call at the residence or at the House of God in Christ fellowship hall (old Richard Carroll Elementary School), Bamberg.