Brett John Dowling, 60, husband of Tracey K. Dowling and father of Morgan Merline, unexpectedly passed away Sunday, November 5, 2023 after an enjoyable Saturday cheering for his beloved Clemson Tigers.
Born in Jacksonville, IL, he was a son of Patrick James and Nancy Bates Dowling.
As a young child, the Dowling family moved to Spartanburg, SC where Brett would graduate from high school and letter in swimming. He was a talented athlete and scholar who later earned two bachelor’s degrees, first from Appalachian State University and later Christopher Newport University.
Brett resided in Toano, VA for the past 32 years and had a successful career in sales.
He attended St. Olaf Catholic Church in Norge, VA.
Brett will be remembered for his wit, humor, and kindness. During his leisure time he enjoyed playing golf at the Williamsburg Golf Club and attending Clemson football games.
In addition to his wife Tracey, he leaves his daughter and son-in-law, Morgan and Marshall Merline of Greenville; mother, Nancy Bates Dowling of Spartanburg; father and stepmother, Patrick and Harriet Dowling of Seneca; brother, Craig Dowling and his wife Linda Dowling of Peachtree City, GA; and a niece, Natalie Dowling of Greenville. Brett also leaves behind numerous extended relatives, colleagues, and close friends.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 13, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, PO Box 5021, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5021 and https://www.jdrf.org/
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