Caswell County Genealogy

Dowdy, Harold Wayne

Dowdy, Harold Wayne

Male 1936 - 2012  (75 years)

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  • Name Dowdy, Harold Wayne 
    Born 25 Aug 1936  Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number I78908 
    Died 9 Apr 2012  Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I78908  Caswell County
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2022 

    Father Dowdy, Augustus Swain,   b. 22 Feb 1888,   d. 27 May 1947  (Age 59 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Sigmon, Grace Julie,   b. 10 Jul 1901, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1986, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F51963  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Dowdy, Harold Wayne Jr.,   b. 24 Dec 1961,   d. 4 Jun 2012  (Age 50 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 28 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F51964  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Aug 1936 - Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Apr 2012 - Danville, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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    58 Truck Stop
    58 Truck Stop

  • Notes 
    • Harold Wayne Dowdy (1936-2012)

      Harold Wayne Dowdy, Sr., age 75, of 4259 South Boston Road, died Monday, April 9, 2012 at Danville Regional Medical Center. Born on August 25, 1936 in Danville, he was a son of the late Augustus Dowdy and Grace Sigmon Dowdy. He was the owner and operator of Dowdy Auto Sales. He is survived by two daughters, Teresa Carter of Danville, and Brenda Dowdy of Martinsville, VA; one son, Wayne Dowdy of Ringgold, VA; one brother, Augustus S. Dowdy, Jr. of Danville; two sisters, Mary Deane Dowdy of Danville, and Gloria Volkstorf of Charlottesville, VA; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Dennis Dowdy; one brother, Darnell Dowdy, and two sisters, Nell Dowdy and Frances Deatherage. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Townes Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Kenneth Hammock officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 11, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Townes Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Townes Funeral Home & Crematory, 215 West Main Street, is serving the Dowdy family. Sign the guestbook online at

      By Randall Dowdy January 01, 2011:

      My grandfather, John Lawrence Dowdy Senior, was Augustus Dowdy Senior's brother. Two of Gus Dowdy's sons are still alive. One, Henry Darnell Dowdy, passed away in 2010. Augustus Dowdy Junior is still alive, but he is in his 80s. He just recently (2010) retired from the auto auction. His contact info is in the phone book in Danville Va, he lives on Jenny Lane, near the old DowdyTown. In fact, he still owns "The Hole", part of Dowdy Town, which is famous in itself from the moon shining days.

      Harold Wayne Dowdy lives on HWY 58 East at the edge of the Danville/Ringgold Va line.He still has a car lot, and lives beside it. Then there is Mary Dean Dowdy, his daughter, who is very anti-social, and doesn't want any contact from anyone.

      Randy Dowdy
      283 Dowdy Lane
      Providence NC 27315

      I currently live less than one mile from "The Hole", part of DowdyTown, in Danville Va. In fact I lived there for many years.

      Source: [accessed 14 March 2020].

      Harold Wayne Dowdy was in and out of criminal legal trouble with respect to the 58 Truck Stop just east of Danville, Virginia. Prostitution often was an issue. He was one of the "Big Six" indicted for operating an interstate prostitution ring in the 1970s. Dowdy operated prostitution houses at multiple locations: North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

      See the entry for Bobby Edward Poteat in this database.

      In the RICO indictment Dowdy is cited as operator of five houses of prostitution -- the 58 Truck Stop and Ed's Truck Stop in Pittsylvania County, 304 Truck Stop in Halifax County, 29 Truck Stop in Caswell County, N.C., and Riverside Truck Stop in Orangeburg, S.C. In October 1977 Dowdy was convicted of income tax evasion and willful failure to disclose monies received from operation of a house of prostitution. He was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $5,000.

      However, five days before his trial on federal moral charges, Harold Wayne Dowdy of Ringgold changed his plea from innocent to guilty and entered into a plea agreement. At the same time Dowdy's wife, Maria Stoll, also known as Robin, reportedly was expected to change her plea from innocent to guilty on a one-count indictment charging her with perjury. Earlier this year she was accused of lying to a federal grand jury investigating prostitution and racketeering in Pittsylvania County.

      The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 23 November 1977, Wednesday, Page 1.

      Harold Wayne Dowdy was indicated earlier this along with several other Danville area persons by a federal grand jury investigating prostitution and public corruption in Pittsylvania County and other areas.

      Also indicted by the grand jury were former Pittsylvania County prosecutor Joseph M. Whitehead and five others on charges involving interstate prostitution; Blairs businessman Wayne Holley; Aubrey Henderson and Herbert Owen Boyd, both of Pittsylvania County, and Thomas James Barker, alleged operator of Janet's Truck Stop.

      The Bee (Danville, Virginia), 23 September 1977, Friday, Page 13.