Charles William Dow, Jr., 56 of Cowden passed away at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 7, 2012).

Visitation will be from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Friday in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Cowden. Memorials may be made to the family.

He was born November 21, 1955 in Effingham the son of Charles William and Mary Elizabeth (Bilskemper) Dow, Sr. He married Linda May Ward, February 2, 1976 in Effingham.

Surviving are his wife, Linda, sons, Charles William Dow, III, Ernest Leroy Dow and William Lee Dow all of Cowden; brother, Benny Leroy Dow of Mahomet; sister, Mary Elizabeth Ward of St. Elmo; 3 grandchildren and 1 step-grandson.