Doris Downs Inskeep

July 26, 1930February 2, 2019

Doris Inskeep, 88, of Culpeper, VA. went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Doris was born July 26, 1930 to Frank and Florence Rollins. Doris was preceded in death by her two husbands, David E. "Shorty" Downs formerly of Warrenton, and Harold J. Inskeep formerly of Culpeper. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Florence Rollins, a brother Frank Rollins, three sisters Claire Eldridge, Anna Mae Martin, and Mary Koenig; three half sisters: Grace Mastalerz, Mary Atchison, and Louise Sutphen. Surviving her are her three sons, David Earl Downs (Jr.) of Buena Vista , Kenneth Franklin Downs of Culpeper, and Ronald Walter Downs of Radford. Also she is survived by 4 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren; two brothers, Albert Rollins and Eddie Rollins, 3 sisters, Gertie Graves, Charlotte Dameron, and Barbara Justice; a sister-in-law Jean Inskeep, and numerous nieces and nephews. Doris enjoyed several careers during her working years, from "number please" telephone operator, to Western Union operator, to her most lengthy career with the Warrenton Training Center. She was an avid reader, and loved taking care of her home, yard and flowers. She frequently took her green thumb on the road to help her family with planting and pruning. After her retirement she enjoyed her golf outings with "the ladies", and the days she was able to volunteer in the coffee shop at Culpeper Hospital. In her later years, she enjoyed the company of friends and neighbors at The Culpeper, known affectionately to her as the "Baptist Home". The family would like to thank all who participated in her care, especially in her last years. The administration and staff of The Culpeper were a second family to her, and met all her needs with professional courtesy and loving family care. Words can't express our thanks for the support they gave us during her time there. Special thanks too to Hospice of the Piedmont for their loving care. There is no visitation scheduled, and a graveside service for family and close friends will be held at a later date in the Culpeper National Cemetery. The date, when arranged, will be posted on this site. In lieu of flowers, it was Doris' hope that any memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22313; the Culpeper Food Closet, P. O. Box 343, Culpeper, Virginia 22701; or the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911.


  • Salvation Army USA
  • Culpeper Food Closet
  • Hospice of the Piedmont


19 April

Graveside Funeral Service

11:00 am

Culpeper National Cemetery

Culpeper, Virginia


Doris Downs Inskeep

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Sue Thompson

February 6, 2019

Dear Family,
Our deepest sympathy from the Thompson family, 2728 Reid School Road Reidsville NC. Doris entered our lives when she married Harold Inskeep , Tommy's stepfather. We spend many years making memories on holidays and road trips to visit. She brought great joy to Skip as they shared their love of golf, gardening, and traveling to visit family. We are sorry for your loss and have you in our thoughts and prayers. Love in Christ, Sue Thompson ( children Frank and Carolyn)

Anne Dean

February 6, 2019

Doris loved her family above all else. She would often talk to me about Kenny, Ronnie and Earl and then she would start on the grandchildren. She was so proud of all of them.
She really loved her yard. From living on Mt Pony to her wonderful home in Culpeper, she always showed us her plants and flowers.
She leaves a legacy of her caring family even down to the great grandchildren! Thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

Ann Heard

February 5, 2019

Dear Downs family,
It was my pleasure to know Doris during her life in Warrenton. I was always made to feel welcome in her home. She was a strong lady, and I'm sure she would say her greatest accomplishment was her three sons. May our Lord and Savior give you the strength, comfort , and peace you need for the days ahead. You are all in my prayers.
God bless,
Ann Toney Heard
Marion, NC