Robert W. Downs (1919 - 2012)

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Robert W. Downs


Robert Woodward Downs, an active member of the Greenville, SC, civic community for much of his life, died Wednesday, November 7, 2012, in Richmond, Virginia. Born December 10, 1919, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the husband of the late Nadine Baker Downs of Greenville, SC.

After graduating from Grove City College in 1942, Mr. Downs joined the United States Army, serving as Captain in the Transportation Corps. Based near New Orleans, Louisiana, he met Nadine Callaway Baker from Greenville, who was serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve (WAVES). They were married in Greenville on September 7, 1946. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1949. In 1950, the family moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Greenville where he joined Baker Motor Company. After a long career in the automobile business, he joined the securities brokerage firm of Edgar M. Norris & Co., Inc.

He has been an active participant in church and community affairs in Greenville. At Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, he served on the Church Council, the Archives Committee, as classroom teacher and was active in the activities of the John M. Holmes Bible Class. He regularly coordinated the church's monthly Men's Prayer Breakfast. He was a Life Member of the Greenville Little Theatre, serving as Treasurer, Business Manager, and President. He was also a member of the Greenville Lions Club.

Surviving are his children, Dr. Robert W. Downs Jr. of Richmond, Va., and his wife, Carol Hampton; John Stephens Downs of Orinda, Calif., and his wife, Stephanie Marlin Downs; Kathryn Nadine Downs of Charlotte, N.C.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, John Chalmers Downs and Gertrude Stephens Downs, and, at an early age, by his brother, John Stephens Downs.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. The family will be available for visitation following the service at the church until 1 p.m. The committal service at Woodlawn Memorial Park will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, 200 Buncombe St., Greenville, SC 29601; the Greenville Little Theatre, 444 College St., Greenville, SC 29601; Grove City College, Advancement Office, 100 Campus Drive, Grove City, PA 16127; or a .

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Published in The Greenville News on Nov. 9, 2012
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