OBITUARY

Jack E. Downs

January 1, 1923September 7, 2013
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Jack E. Downs, 90, of Memphis, died September 7, 2013. He was born in Charleston, S.C., the son of Leo and Pauline Downs. He was a WWII Navy and Korean War medic attached to the USMC Regiment and past vice president of the West Tennessee Purple Heart Association. Mr. Downs was a Master Mason with Desoto Lodge #299, a youth baseball coach for many years and one of the founders of the Parkway Village Youth Football League and an active member of Central Church in Collierville. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He is survived by his children, Jackie Nichols (Jim) of Memphis, Greg Downs of Cordova, and Cathy Mansel (Wayne) of Olive Branch, MS.; his brother, Paul Downs of Chapin, S.C., five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Downs and his sister, Leo Shepard. The family will receive friends Monday evening, September 9, from 5-7 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue with the service 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial to follow in Memorial Gardens on Germantown Rd. Memorials may be sent to the West Tennessee Purple Heart Association or Central Church in Collierville. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be made by visiting www.memphisfuneralhome.net Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave 901-725-0100

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 10, 2013
REMEMBERING

Jack E. Downs

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September 10, 2013

Have always heard lots of nice things about Mr. Jack from Skipper and Tim (wife Kim is our daughter). Our sympathies to each of you. Donna and Frank Wilson

Linda Harrison Simms

September 10, 2013

Uncle Jack, you were a big part of my childhood and for that I am truly grateful. You were always the calm one and kept us straight. I remember the shows Jackie and I would put on and you would clap the loudest. I remember the toy phones you hooked up for Jackie and I. You always made us feel loved and we always loved you. You have lived a long life and you will be missed. I know you are happy to be with Aunt Shirley again. I love you Uncle Jack.

Stacie Sox

September 10, 2013

Uncle Jack...you have always been a part of me, and always reminded me of what being a Downs was truly about. There isnt a time when I dont have memories filled with stories of you or time spent with you over the years. You, my Ma-Ma and Uncle Paul have always shared a light unmatched by the rest of the world. Thank you for letting your light shine upon me and for healing the gap left by your sister, my sweet grandmother. Your precious family is testament to the love, laughter and joy that make life worth living, and that is all because of you. I love you and look forward to when I can see you again and squeeze your neck. All my love and condolences to my precious cousins.

Jim Nichols

September 9, 2013

You will be missed, but your love will always be in our hearts and we will hear your wisdome when we sit qluietly trying to figure out a situation. You fought the good fight, you finished the race now enjoy your reward with Christ in Heaven, where we will spend eternity together!

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