Jimmy Dean McGowin, a longtime resident of rural Dewar, died at his home July 3, 2018 at the age of 57. Jimmy was born March 2, 1961 in Tahlequah to Arvin McGowin and Virginia Faye Stidman McGowin.
He grew up attending Dewar Public Schools and was a member of Salem Baptist Church.
Jimmy married Renee Love Sept. 27, 1981 in Dewar and they remained happily married for 37 years until his death. Jimmy worked in maintenance at OSU Okmulgee. He is preceded in death by his father and mother; two sisters, Sally Pollard and Cathy Strong; a nephew, Token Spears; and a nephew Arvin Lee McGowin II.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, Renee McGowin of the home; two daughters: Tabitha Russell Thomas of Henryetta and Christina Reynolds and husband Matthew of Bryant; four grandchildren: Zachary Russell, Dalton Thomas, Brayden Reynolds, and Aubree Thomas; a son-in-law, Derrick Thomas of Henryetta; brothers: Arvin Lee McGowin and wife Faye of Dewar; Gary McGowin and wife Ann of Dewar; Johnny McGowin of Dewar; Ronnie McGowin and wife Christy of Dewar; David Thomas and wife Teresa of Dewar; Vicky Szarwinski of Dewar; and Dana Wells and husband Carl of Dewar; as well as other extended family and many good friends.
Viewing for Jimmy will be held at Integrity Funeral Service Saturday, July 7, 2018 from 6 until 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 8, 2018 from noon until 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 9, 2018 at the Dewar First Baptist Church with Rev. Ryan Wells, Rev. Scott Wolfe, and Rev. Suzie Stephens officiating. Interment will follow immediately at the McGowin Family Cemetery in Weleetka under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Randy Campbell, Ethan Been, Zachary Russell, Gary McGowin II, Chad McGowin, Ricky J. Sturman, Matt Reynolds. Jeremy Shatswell, T.J. Pollard, Jason Williamson, Hunter Williamson, and John Evans. Honorary pallbearers are Dee Russell, Bill Russell, and Eric (Ping) Cunningham.