Francis "Frank" Verlarian Downs, 87, of Bardstown, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at his residence. He was born March 22, 1926, in Bardstown to the late William Wallace and Luella Newton Downs. He was a World War II Army
veteran and retired from Jim Beam Distillery. He was a member of St. Joseph Parish and the American Legion.
Besides his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Pearl B. Downs; three grandchildren, Patricia Ann Thompson, Jason Thompson and Derek Downs; eight brothers, Estill Downs, Leslie Downs, Leo Downs, J.B. Downs, Buck Downs, Junior Downs, Johnny Downs, Leon Downs; and two sisters, Allie Parkerson and Geri Hatfield.
Survivors include four sons, Francis Downs, of Louisville, Dennis Downs and Jeff Downs, both of Bardstown, and Doug Downs, of Avon, Fla.; three daughters, Joan Thompson, Phyllis Spalding and Jennifer Oakley, all of Bardstown; 19 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Theodore Downs and Billy Downs, both of Bardstown; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Bill Hammer will be the celebrant.
Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 and after 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at the Houghlin-Greenwell Funeral Home. A prayer service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the funeral home.
The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Mass of the Air or Masses for Francis Downs. Houghlin-Greenwell Funeral Home
is in charge of arrangements.