CASAR - Gary Dwight Downs, 77, of 1001 St. Paul Church Road, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at Hospice at Wendover in Shelby. Born Oct. 21, 1936, in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Robbie Kelly Downs and Eula Costner Downs.
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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 Police at Sandea Base in Albuqurque, N.M.
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, S.C.; and sister-in-law, Faye Downs of Vale.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.
Funeral service: 2 p.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Casar. The body will placed in the church thirty minutes before the service.
Officiated by: The Rev. Jamie Bridges
Burial: Will follow in the church cemetery.
Funeral home: Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston, is handling the arrangements.
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
Online guest register: www.stameyfuneralhome.com
Stamey Funeral Home - Fallston
846 E. Stagecoach Trail PO Box 639 Fallston, NC 28042
Published in Shelby Star on Jan. 29, 2014