Anthony C DOWNS

October 1, 1957October 18, 2021

Anthony C Downs, age 64, of Athens, Tennessee passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021. Anthony was born October 1, 1957.

Tony was a member of the United Methodist Church. He was in the United States Air Force from 1975-1983.

Tony will always be a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother , son and friend.

Tony was preceded in death by father Vernon Leroy Downs; mother Paulette Simone Downs; brother Vernon " Duke" Downs.

Tony is survived by his wife Debra Ann Downs; two daughters Jennifer Baity and Kirsten Carneal; gransons Mason and Austyn; granddaughter Haylee; brothers Denis, George and Phillip Downs; sister Vivianne Armistead.

A graveside service for Tony will be held Friday, October 22, 2021 from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM at Chattanooga National Cemetery, 1200 Bailey Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association and/or American Cancer Society.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Downs family.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, October 22, 2021


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Debra Downs

October 27, 2021

Tony You are so missed ! Fly high my angel ! Till in God's time we see you again we will hold you in our hearts and fondest memories! Love You Always, Debbie

Jennifer Baity

October 22, 2021

So sad you are gone, been apart of my life for over 30 years. Thank you for loving my Mom and Mason so much. Memories will live on of many trips and holidays. Boy you sure did love Christmas, didn't know who was more excited the kids or you! Rest in peace and we will see you again.

Skippy deBlois

October 21, 2021

Tony I just want you to know you will be missed. The pain you were going through is now gone. Your family will miss you greatly even more so during the Holidays. Having the kids come over for Trick or Treating to see them and give them candy. Arguing with me for who's going to Cut the Turkey. And you Saying the dinner prayer. Christmas will be hard because of the joy you had then just laughing and being silly with the grandchildren when they open gifts. Also I will miss you because you were like a dad to me also. When we would go out you were proud to call me your you son even had people say we looked alike once. Guess its the French blood thing we got going on. We know you will be looking down on us Just be a angle for Haylee and watch over her she will miss you a bunch being you were so close. I will never forget how you treated her and cared for her. Also look after Mom we will that's for sure. Just wish we had more time with you but we all knew the pain you were going through. Fly High Tony Dad Grandpa you will be missed Rest In Peace

Lou Govreau

October 20, 2021

I'll always remember Tony as the happy go lucky guy I knew when we were boys in DeMolay together. I have such great memories of the entire Downs family, I consider myself fortunate to have had the pleasure of getting to know them.
The world was a little bit better because Brother Tony Downs was in it. My sincere condolences to his entire family. I know he will be missed. May God bless you all.
Lou Govreau

Candy Downs

October 20, 2021

You finished the race and crossed the line- To be absent from the body is to be present with Christ. So there you are- in perfect eternal paradise with our savior. Not sick- but healthy and strong in your new perfect body.

For to be present with Christ is far better than enduring the fruitful labors of this world….Phil 1:21…

We’ll see you on the other side!

Debra Downs

October 19, 2021

Tony we have so many good memories through out the years. I will forever cherish every single one. Until in Gods time we are together again..Love you always.

Kirsten Carneal

October 19, 2021

Tony was my stepdad. He has been in my life for 30 years. I have so many memories growing up. Trips and vacations.. sisters wedding..cookouts... He had 2 grandsons and 1 grand-daughter and he thought the world of them. He will be missed so much and thought of daily. Til We see each other again. RIP we will keep you in our hearts always.

George Downs

October 19, 2021

Hey little brother. I”m gonna miss your crazy stories about Dad, Walt Disney and the opening day at Disney World. We all knew you were a little different but we loved you nonetheless. You’re in a new pain free body now with your savior, and you’re surrounded by those that love you, Mom, Dad and Duke. I’ll meet you all there when my time comes.