CASAR - Gary Dwight Downs, 77, of 1001 St. Paul Church Road, died Jan. 27, 2014, at Hospice at Wendover in Shelby.
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Born Oct. 21, 1936, in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Robbie Kelly Downs and Eula Costner Downs. He worked for Tri-County Farm Supply and was a farmer. Mr. Downs was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and served in the Army Military
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In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph Downs and wife, Ruth and Donald Downs; and brother-in-law, Joel Murray.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Patsy Short Downs; son, Gregory Downs and wife, Donna of Raleigh; daughter, Lindsay Chaney and husband, Wes of Shelby; four grandchildren, Caleb Downs, Isabelle Downs, Adam Chaney and William Chaney; sister, Dorothy Murray of Anderson, SC; and sister-in-law, Faye Downs of Vale.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Casar with the Rev. Jamie Bridges officiating.
The body will placed in the church thirty minutes before the service.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, PO Box 326, Casar, NC 28020.
A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Jan. 29, 2014