Ivory McGowan, Jr. Tuesday, August 17, 1937 - Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ivory (Ira) McGowan Jr., 79, was born in Hughes, Arkansas on August 17, 1937, to the late LuVenia and Ivory McGowan Sr.

Ivory was educated in the public schools of Arkansas and at the age of fourteen, he left school to help out with his family in the cotton fields. At the age of twenty-three, Ivory met Annie Bell Davis, and became an instant father to her then eight children. He came from a loving family so it's no wonder he became a doting family man, and why he took on the role of a father to her children.

In 1963, Ivory moved to Kansas City where he worked for the Kansas City Royals baseball stadium and General Hospital. Ivory was also apart of a group of individuals who indulged in cleaning out old buildings that were abandon or due for demolition. He was also a collector of many items, and sold them at auctions or simply just gave them away!

Ivory lived his life quite simple, he was a man who enjoyed the simple things in life such as his love for music and some of his favorite artists including The Williams Brothers and The Mighty Clouds of Joy. Ivory was an avid listener of sports radio and would watch or listen to the KC Royals and KC Chiefs games whenever they played, frequently visiting baseball games with his children. He also loved fishing and was quite the cook and whistler.

Ivory departed his life early Thursday morning, on the 10th of August 2017 at St Luke Hospice House, with his family beside him. Ivory was and will always be remembered for his kind heart and love for all whom knew him, strangers alike, but most of all for the love of his family.

He leaves to mourn his passing: his companion, Annie Bell Davis; sons, William Swift of Benton Harbor, MI, Hubert Davis, L.T. Davis, Leon McGowan, Danny McGowan, Dary (Sharon McGowan, and Gary McGowan, all of KCMO, and Charles (Nancy) Davis of Philadelphia, PA; daughters, Mae Conway, Ernestine Davis, Patricia Davis, Diane Davis, Peggy Davis, Annette Davis, Brenda (Clive) Green and Linda Davis all of KCMO; special cousins, Lowretter Freeman-Berry of Alexander, AK and Clara Swift of Benton Harbor, MI; a host  grandchildren, great grandchildren, other relatives and close friends. 

Funeral services Saturday, August 19, 11:00 a.m. at Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors. Interment Brooking Cemetery. Visitation 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the chapel. Services conducted by Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors. Condolences may be shared on our website.