Clara Elizabeth Downs

May 9, 1924May 19, 2020

Clara Elizabeth Downs, age 96, of Rome passed away at her home Tuesday, May 19, 2020 after a 9 year battle with Alzheimers. Clara was born in Athens, TN. on May 9, 1924 to the late Arter Colloms and Sara Emma Everett Colloms. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph James Downs who she married April 15,1944 and her only sibling Bernice Levinson. Clara moved to Rome in 1940 where she worked for Rome Provision Company for a number of years. She later worked for Levinson Brothers Meat Packing, a family owned company, untilretirement.

Clara was of the Methodist faith and a Charter member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church of Rome. She was very active in the VFW Women's Auxiliary for nearly 35 years. She held the office of secretary for many of those years. She was also a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter Avis Colleen Studdard, Rome and a son Douglas James Downs (Brent Stahlman), Powder Springs; granddaughter Casey Bowers (Jim), Rome, Step grandchildren Chad Clark (Tiffany) and Jennifer Clark of Rome. Special people in her life Jackie Brooks and Steve Wigley of Rome.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm, Saturday, May 23, 2020 in the Chapel of Daniels Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Hunt officiating. Interment will be in East View Cemetery. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and love to our wonderful caregivers who cared for our mother as if she were their own, DeLana Gentry, Sandra Gibson,Tara Threadgill,Molly Crider, and Mary Vaughn. Aspecial thank you to the wonderful staff of Pruitt Hospice.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

  • Burial

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


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Ricky Studdard

May 24, 2020

Hello Avis,
I sure was sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was always kind to me and my family all those precious years. Our prayers will continue to be for you and your loved ones. Tony told me today about Ms. Clair and he had planned to come to what he thought would be the service today on Sunday. Thanks for the wonderful memories of our younger years, and Ms Clair knew all that we were up to. The Amazing Grace of God will support you in the days and years to come. Friends, Ricky and Tony Studdard

Molly Crider

May 22, 2020

My sweet Clara. I would spend a lot of my time holding, and singing to her in her last days, she carried such a sweet spirit. My condolences to Avis, Doug and Casey; I pray that God will comfort you during this time. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family. I love you all.

Tara Threadgill

May 22, 2020

It was such a honor taking care of Ms.clara she was an absolute joy! She was the sweetest. She will definitely be missed.

edward warren

May 22, 2020

so sorry to hear of your mom's passing avis. you will be in my prayers !!!

Deborah Sanders

May 20, 2020

Avis,Doug,family and caregivers, I just want you to know that it was a honor and pleasure to take care of such a fine woman. Miss Clara was one of my favorite people . I pray for your days ahead hope that you find peace and comfort.
Love always ,


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