Alexander P. Downs Jr.

February 15, 1932May 6, 2019

Alexander P. Downs Jr., 87, has completed his journey Monday, May 06, 2019 after his valiant battle with cancer. He has joined his loving wife, Maria Casares Downs, along with his son, Juan Alejandro Downs. A golden heart has stopped beating, working hands now rest. God broke our hearts to prove that he only takes the best. He is now with the Lord’s arms wrapped around him. Alexander loved the Lord, his family, and his friends. He took pride in his home and yard. He served as a Soldier in the National Guard of Texas and National Guard of the United States for 10 years. He was very proud and dedicated to H-E-B Grocery Company, H-E-B Foods Bread Plant Bakery and Warehouse. Alex worked for 44 years. He began working in San Antonio, TX in 1950. He transferred to Corpus Christi in 1952 and became a foreman for H-E-B Bakery. He then transferred to the H-E-B Garage to become a Mechanic, until he retired in 1994. He continued attending the H-E-B Senior Partners Monthly Meetings and Events. Our Father took a piece of our heart with him. He leaves behind his family to cherish his memories forever. He was a loving father of son, Ruben (Lydia) Downs of Portland, Texas; five daughters, all of Corpus Christi, TX, Diana Downs, Lillian Downs, Lucinda (Guadalupe) Iglesias, Karen Jean (John) Garza, Andrea Jeter and daughter-in-law, Norma Jean Downs. Alexander was known as Grandpa to his loving grandchildren. He took pride in them and loved them dearly. He was deeply enamored by his 13 grandchildren, who brought him so much joy and love. Valerie and Barbara DeLeon, Cassandra Iglesias, John, Joshua, and Alexis Garza, Samantha and Harold Glen Jeter, Andy (Erica) Downs from San Antonio, TX, Michael Downs from Brooklyn, NY, Lisa (Donny) Carty From Garland, TX, Tara (Richard) Payne from Rowlett, TX, Jene’ (Cody) Morgan from Forney, TX. He also had 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. His brothers, Guadalupe (Tacha) Garza, Victor (Linda) Torres and sister, Alicia (Juan) Jasso, and Loli Sanchez from Dallas, TX. Alexander is welcomed in Heaven by his loving parents, Alexander Steven Downs and Andrea Pineda; brother, Leonard Downs, Pedro P. Garza, Mingo P. Garza sister, Mary Lou Downs and son-in-law, Harold Jeter. Our gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Issac Chitrit, Dr. James Tyree, Dr. Aftab Mahmood, Dr. Jim Hsiang, and their amazing staff. Dr. Ronald Stephen and the Palliative Care and Kindred Hospice and their loving and caring staff. We would like to thank all of Alexander’s friends and family who prayed and brought food and sent cards. And a big thank you to the lovely ladies at Stripes store on 2042 Gollihar who always watched over our Dad. A Celebration of Alexander Downs life will be held at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors, 4901 Everhart Rd on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm that same evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 am with interment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be, John Garza, Jr. Donny Carty, Andy Downs, Ruben Downs, Joshua Garza, Leo Downs.

Dad’s Favorite sayings: “Make Good Decisions” and “Que Dios te Bendiga.”

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  • Ruben (Lydia) Downs, Son
  • Diana Downs, Daughter
  • Lillian Downs, Daughter
  • Lucinda (Guadalupe) Iglesias, Daughter
  • Karen Jean (John) Garza, Daughter
  • Andrea Jeter, Daughter
  • Norma Jean Daowns, Daughter-in-Law
  • Guadalupe (Tacha) Garza, Brother
  • Victor (Linda) Torres, Brother
  • Alicia (Juan) Jasso, Sister
  • Loli Sanchez, Sister
  • Alexander Steven Downs, Father
  • Andrea Pineda, Mother
  • Leonard Downs, Brother
  • Pedro P. Garza, Brother
  • Mingo P. Garza, Brother
  • Mary Lou Downs, Sister
  • Harold Jeter, Son-inLaw
  • Alexander was known as "Grandpa", to his loving grandchildren;13 grandchildren, Valerie and Barbara DeLeon, Cassandra Iglesias, John, Joshua, and Alexis Garza, Samantha and Harold Glen Jeter, Andy (Erica) Downs, Michael Downs, Lisa (Donny) Carty, Tara (Richard) Payne, Jene’ (Cody) Morgan; He also had 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.


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Alexander P. Downs Jr.

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Love your daughter Lucinda

May 13, 2019

My Daddy’s Last Kiss

A fathers touch. a daddy's kiss
a grieving daughter, you're greatly missed

an empty house, an empty chair
a fathers love no longer there

a broken heart, a tear filled eye
another soul to fill the sky

many memories in my mind
some I laugh some I cry

the times we shared, the laughs we had
things I miss when I think of my dad

realizing that's all I have to hold on to
only memories, of what once was you

missing your laugh I will never hear again
that is the reality that fills me with so much fear

no last hug, no last kiss
no last goodbye I have just one wish

to have you dad here today
never to leave me this way

a father touch, a daddy's kiss
a grieving daughter you are greatly missed

The Downs Family

May 13, 2019

The Broken Chain
We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.
Author: Ron Tranmer

You daughter Lucinda Downs Iglesias

May 11, 2019

My handsome Daddy On May 6, I walk into your bedroom I felt my heart breaking, tears fill my eyes . I knew you were dancing with Mom💖Mom was probably saying Alejandro what took you so long to get here. I knew you miss mom so much I thank God he gave us 9 more months. Till we meet again.
Awesome memories
Love, Hugs and Kisses💔

Cassandra Iglesias

May 10, 2019

It’s hard to believe that you’re really gone. Honestly I never thought this day would come! May 6 will always be a day I will never forget. 💔

I have been blessed with such great strong men in my life my grandpa Iglesias, my grandpa Downs and my dad. They say behind every great man is a strong woman and I truly believe that my dad is a great man (in my eyes). And my mom is a strong woman (in my eyes), but did you also know behind a strong woman is a great father! My grandpa was a amazing man Always there to help out whoever needed it. And never asked for anything in return. He loved the lord with all his heart. In fact he told us when he was getting to the end of his journey he was sad that he could not read his Bible anymore. I gave my Tia Andie a book called Calling Jesus. And he would hold that while they would pray together. So I bought him one of his own and he would carried that book all the time.

I know you are not here on earth no more. But I know you are up in haven dancing and singing with your love ones.

Save a place for me because I know I’ll see you again one day! Love you forever and always your granddaughter Cassandra Iglesias

Jene Marie Downs Morgan

May 10, 2019

Heading to Corpus today for my grandpa who’s dancing with grandma Downs up in heaven!

For those who don’t know- my daddy passed away when I was 9 months old, his dad- was the closest person to daddy that I had! I always looked at grandpa and saw my dad. Grandpa was strong and loving and could figure out the answer to any problem. Cody calls him the “Silver Fox!”

I will miss his laugh, his stories of working at HEB and his hugs. I will hang on to precious memories like see him praying in bed the last time he visited. I will miss my handsome grandpa but I will see you again! Rest In Peace grandpa! You’re with daddy too! ❤️❤️❤️ I can close my eyes & see all of you looking at all of us with smiles and love in your heart!

Valerie De Leon

May 10, 2019

My grandfather, my father, my hero you have taught me so much and i thank you for that. You will always be remembered and never forgotten. I am who I am because of you. Now grandma has her dancing partner. I love you grandpa your legend wil live on. Until we meet again...

Donny Carty

May 10, 2019

Mr. Downs,

It would have been awesome to know you as a neighbor. It would have been a privilege to know and call you friend. But better and above all these, I was blessed and honored to call you "Grandpa."

Thank you Grandpa for all the love, laughs and stories. Give Grandma a big hug from her favorite "brown-noser."

I will miss you and look forward to the day we're all reunited.


Fernando Longoria

May 10, 2019

My condolences to the family of Alex Downs. From your friend and H.E.B. partner Fred Longoria. Alex was a very good friend for many years. May god bless his family during this trying time.

Lisa Carty

May 9, 2019

My Grandpa Alex gained his wings and became an angel. He journeyed on to heaven to be with my grandmother and father.

Our hearts are breaking, but we’re also rejoicing that he’s no longer suffering and gets to go home.

My Grandpa was such a vibrant, strong, patriarch of our family. He had integrity, values and morals that he ingrained in all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was such a hard worker and loved his family fiercely. He always told us to make good decisions and he would bless us each time we saw him.

He will forever be loved, missed and cherished. I’m so thankful and grateful for him.💖