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Teddy R. McDow

January 13, 1956 — May 9, 2023

Teddy “Ted” Ray McDow passed away on Tuesday May 9, 2023 at the age of 67 in Sparta, Tennessee.

 Ted was born on January 13, 1956 to parents Kenneth Adolph McDow and Jessie Elaine Curtis McDow.

 In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son Kenneth “Mac” Thomas McDow.  

Much of his career was spent managing fast food restaurants until he went back to school and got his bachelor’s degree and then spent the last part of his career working as an auditor for the state.  He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had great faith in his Heavenly Father.

Ted had a strong work ethic, always working hard and encouraging his children to do so.   He enjoyed being outdoors and being at family gatherings.  Ted also enjoyed tinkering with different things and woodworking.  He was interested in family history, genealogy and politics.

He is survived by four children Curtis McDow (Ashley McDow) of Fayetteville, Lori Beth Browning (John Browning) of Lebanon, Amy Elliott (Sam Elliott) of Knoxville, Andrew McDow of Athens, 5 grandchildren, his two sisters Jane Fowler and Karen Vessell and his former wife Gaye Henley.

There will be a short graveside memorial service held at 1:30 on Saturday May 27, 2023 at Macedonia Cemetery in Fayetteville, TN.  

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