John "Jackson" Benjamin Downey Jr.

December 29, 1944March 15, 2020

John "Jackson" Benjamin Downey, Jr., age 75, entered this life on December 29, 1944 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was born to John "Jack" Benjamin Downey Sr. and Miriam Ezell Downey. Jackson had numerous hobbies: Private pilot, water skiing, sailing, boating, traveling, golf, tennis, scuba diving, motorcycle riding, and playing the violin He is preceded in death by his father, Jack Downey, Sr.; He is survived by his wife, Brenda West Downey; daughter, Dawn Downey; mother, Miriam Downey; siblings, Rodney Downey, Billy Downey and Richard Downey; a host of nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later time. Interment will be in Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee


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John "Jackson" Benjamin Downey Jr.

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Vic Lineweaver

March 24, 2020

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family. Bless you and prayers through this difficult time.

Glenn Adams

March 23, 2020

So sorry, Brenda and Dawn, to hear about Jackson's passing. Our families were certainly intertwined for a long time. Although we didn't talk often, I will miss the times that we did. My best to the entire family.
Glenn Adams

Loy Hardcastle

March 23, 2020

I worked with Jackson back in the early 80's when purchasing property on Royal Oaks Blvd for our car dealership. He was most helpful and straight forward. It was a pleasure dealing with him then and that relationship led to friendship. I am so sorry for the loss of a good and honest man.

Jesse McLevain

March 22, 2020

Brenda, Dawn and remainder of family - My condolences. I have many great memories of Jackson, especially related to flying with him. He was a great student and friend. It was my honor to have known him.

Glenn Koogler

March 22, 2020

I met Jackson in 1962 when we both were freshman at U.T. and pledged Kappa Sigma fraternity. Jackson was a very easy person to get to know and he became a close friend during our four years together. I will never forget that he loaned me his new Ford Mustang to drive to Kingsport one weekend with my girlfriend (and now wife of 55 years). Unfortunately, after undergraduate school, I only saw Jackson one or two times but he truly was a friend that will always bring me fond memories and a smile to my face.

Sid Neuhoff

March 21, 2020

Met Jackson in 1989 as my landlord when I moved backed to Nashville, later on he became a client and friend for the past 31 years. Drove a hard bargain but always in a polite way !!

God Speed !! and may his family be safe , I will keep them in my prayers.

Peggy Krebs

March 18, 2020

I served on the HBMT Board with Jackson, a lovely man who represented the best of his profession. He had a wry sense of humor, and I am glad I had the opportunity to know him.

Connie Proctor

March 18, 2020

On March 15, we lost our VIP, Jackson Downey. I worked for him and his family for over 31 years. During this time Jackson played a huge part in my life and my family's life. My daughter at 28 still calls him Uncle Jackson. Our company lost amazing leader and friend.
We love you and miss you terribly.



Education: B.A. Business Administration-majoring in accounting and economics.
University of Tennessee...1966. Doctor of Jurisprudence- Nashville School of Law...1974.

Activities: President and Treasurer of Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity;
Vice-President of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity.

LICENSES: Certified Public Accountant, Tennessee...1971
Attorney at Law, Tennessee...1974
Real Estate Broker...1976
Contractor's License...1977

OCCUPATIONAL DATA: April 1971 to Present: Law practice specializing in tax practice.
President- J. B. Downey & Sons, Inc.-
Managing Partner-Royal Oaks Apartments of Franklin.
Managing Partner- Liberty Oaks Apartments.
Managing Partner- Harpeth Hills Apartments.
Managing Partner-Downey Development Company
Owner – Ridgetop Apartments
Managing Partner and Broker - Downey and Downey Development Company

Registered Lobbyist Tennessee Apartment Association.
Instructor in Fair Housing Amendments to Civil Rights Act of 1968 Title X with Continuing Learning Institute.
Instructor for Fair Housing Amendments Greater Nashville Apartment Association.

June 1966 through January 1967 and July,
1970 through March 1971: Price, Waterhouse and Company, Nashville, Tennessee.

February 1970 to March 1970: General Business Services, Inc.

March 1969 to May 1970:
Lieutenant, United States Navy Procurement Analyst for Contracts Management Division in Comptrollers Department at the Naval
Command Systems Support Activity.
Responsible for the procurement of Data Processing Software Contracts.
Also aided in the establishment and maintenance of a financial reporting system for monthly expenditures under Data Processing Contracts.

He held a TOP SECRET Security Clearance.

Served in Vietnam and received the following Medals and Ribbons
National Defense Medal (with 4 Bronze Stars)
Republic of Vietnam Service Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
December 1967 through February 1969: Assistant supply officer to U.S. Naval Mobile Construction
Battalion Sixty-Two. Duties and responsibilities included financial management, budgeting, procurement, inventory control, retail operations, disbursing, operating a one thousand staff galley, auditing recreational funds with a volume of $50,000 per month as well as platoon commander for eighty-five enlisted men.

May 1967 through November 1967: Navy Supply Corps School

Civic and Professional Activities:

Middle Tennessee Home Builders Board of Directors
1981 President Middle Tennessee Home Builders Board of Directors
National Association of Home Builders
1982-1983 Harpeth Academy School Board of Directors
Greater Nashville Apartment Association Board of Directors
1984 President Greater Nashville Apartment Association (Nashville Apartment Association)
1982 Family and Children Services Board of Directors
1986 Member of Tennessee Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program which donated the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
1986-1987 Board of Directors of Base Camp, a counselling and homeless shelter for Veterans
1988-1989 President Home Builders Association of Tennessee
1988-1990 Choir Member Church of Advent Episcopal
1988 President St. Lukes Community Center
1990-1991 Pilot, Red Cross Blood Program
Member Nashville Board of Realtors
1990, 1994 United Way Robertson Association
1994 – Present Member American Association pf Attorneys and CPAs
Volunteer Income Tax Preparer for Internal