Warren Ware Downs, 74, of Fanning Springs died Nov. 25, 2012.
Born in North Florida, he was raised in Suwannee by his parents, Bertha and Jack Shinholster.
He joined the U.S. Navy in December 1955 before joining the U.S. Coast Guard in September 1959. As an aviation electrician, his service spanned over 27 years of active service resulting in the rank of Master Chief. His career included developing the Search and Rescue (SAR) Program adopted across all services where he was cited numerous times in local newspapers for lifesaving efforts, to include serving in the Antarctic. Retiring in 1982 after 13 duty stations, he returned to North Florida working as a master electrician and heating air conditioning technician often helping out those in need around him.
He is survived by his three daughters, Charlotte (Steven) Rankin, Linda (Terry) Brock and Teresa (David) Amato; four grandchildren, Chad, Michael, Matthew (Shannon) and Sarah (Nathan) and two great-granddaughters, Aurora and Cara and his five siblings Martha Ann, Jackie, Donna Kay, Clara and Jack and many cousins and nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Suwannee Baptist Church, Suwannee Nov. 20 followed by the graveside service with Military Honors at Keen Cemetery. The service was officiated by the Rev. Fred Edwards.
Arrangements were under the care of the Rick Gooding Funeral Home, Cross City.
Rick Gooding Funeral Home
16984 SE Highway 19 Cross City, FL 32628
Published in Chiefland Citizen on Dec. 6, 2012