|Birth: ||May 18, 1922|
|Death: ||Nov. 11, 2006|
Clovis Paul Downing, Jr., 84, passed away Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, at his home, with his family at his side. Services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home with the Rev. Curtis Holland and the Rev. John Wheatley conducting the service. Burial will follow at Valley Mills Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at the funeral home.
Clovis Paul Jr. was born to the late Clovis Paul, Sr. and Mary Alma (Turner) Downing. He grew up on the family ranch near Valley Mills, in Bosque County. In 1941, he graduated from Valley Mills High School. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in October 1942 and served until honorably discharged on Dec. 15, 1945. On April 22, 1943, he married Dorothy Winningham of Waco. In February, 1946, he started his construction company when he purchased a new Ford tractor. Downing Brothers Construction Co. grew to over 300 employees, with offices and facilities in Waco, Bryan-College Station and Kosse until it was sold to Redland Worth Inc. in 1985. At the time of his death, he was a member of First Baptist Church of Valley Mills. For 50 years he was an active church member in the China Spring community. His church affiliation and relationship with Christ was very important to him. He was an ordained deacon.
He was an avid outdoorsman and rancher. Among his many hobbies were gardening, fishing, hunting, wood carving, wood working, golf and volleyball. He was one of the charter members of the China Spring Lions Club. He believed in giving back to the community through volunteering his time and resources. He served on the China Spring School Board of Trustees for 20 years. He also served nine
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Ted, Willis H., Joe, and Douglas.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Downing; daughter, Clova Gibson and husband, Ron, of Valley Mills; sons, Randy Downing and wife, Glenda, of Monteagle, Tenn., Rodney Downing and wife, Jean, of China Spring; grandchildren, Melet Gibson, Christie Fisher and husband, Major Scott, Shane Downing and wife, Kandi, Brady Gibson and wife, Vanessa, Lt. Jordan Downing and wife, Dawn, Beth Downing-Henslee, Micah Downing, Lauren Downing, Whitney Downing; and great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Ashtyn, Sarah, Andrew, Faith, Will, and Steven; sisters, Nallie Downing Lindberg, of Valley Mills and Virginia Downing Way, of Greenville, South Carolina; sister-in-law, Hallene Downing, of Valley Mills; brother-in-law, Elbert Winningham, of Cartwright, Okla.; sisters-in-law and husbands: Wanda and William Gordon, Bee and Joe Cendrowski, of Waco, Barbara and Bobby Bates, of Waverly, Tenn.; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
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Clovis Paul Downing (1880 - 1958)
Mary A Turner Downing (1888 - 1933)
Clovis Paul Downing (1922 - 2006)
Virginia Downing Way (1926 - 2009)*
Valley Mills Cemetery
Created by: Ruth M. Brown
Record added: Nov 13, 2006
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