Peggy Kuykendall Dowda McSwain

Published 3:57 pm Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Peggy Kuykendall Dowda McSwain, 69, of Englewood, Fla., formerly of Columbus, passed away, Friday morning, November 9, 2012 in Port Charlotte Hospice House, Port Charlotte, Fla.

Born in Landrum, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Bill and Ina Mae Benson Kuykendall and widow of Gerald Dowda and George McSwain. She was preceded in death by one son, Eugene Dowda and one daughter, Lorraine Dowda. Peggy had been studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses but was born in the Baptist faith.

Surviving is one son, Thomas Dowda of Omaha, Neb.; two daughters, Juanita Conner of Columbus and Vickie Hill of Englewood, Fla.; three brothers, Thurman Kuykendall of Tryon, Carl Kuykendall of Green Creek and Allen Kuykendall of Landrum. Also surviving are seven grandchildren.

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Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2012 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, with Rev. Mark Cannon officiating.

Burial will be in Polk Memorial Gardens, Columbus.

The family will receive friends prior to the service Thursday from 10-11 a.m. in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, NC.

An online guest register is available at