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James Stephens Downs
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Birth: Aug. 7, 1913
Death: Jan. 23, 1964

Greenwood Commonwealth, 01/23/1964 P.1

Two Killed In Crash At Winona

Two men were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 51 about three miles South of Winona this morning about 6:30 and four other men were admitted to the Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona for treatment.

Investigating officers said that a car occupied by Johnson Cook, about 42, Steven Downs, 60, Alf Collins, 60, and Avery Peeler, also 60, all of Vaiden and a feed truck driven by Travis O. Evans of Morton hit head on. . The car then side-swiped a truck owned by Complete Auto Transit Incorporated driven by Billy Bassham of Jackson who was traveling behind the Evans truck. The truck driven by Evans ran off into a creek and Evans was pinned under the cab. The other truck hit the bridge abutment.

Killed in the accident were Cook and Downs, Bassham was treated for a knee injury and released. Collins, Peeler, and Evans are still in the hospital, said authorities.

[NOTE: The ages of the victims listed in the above newspaper article are incorrect: Downs was 50 y., 5 m., 16 d. old; Collins was 50 y., 8 m., 1 d. old; Peeler was 50 y., 1 m., 3 d. old; and Cooke was 42 y., 4 m., 11 d. old at the time of the accident.]


Jan. 30. 1964
The Winona Times
Winona, Ms.

Stephen Downs Killed in Auto Mishap

Services for Stephen Downs were held at 10:30 Saturday at the Old Plank Church East of Vaiden with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Morris Taylor assisted by Rev. J.A. Wade officiating.

Mr. Downs had spent most of his life in Vaiden. He was an employee of J.A. Olson Company in Winona. He was killed enroute to work.

Mr. Downs is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lessie Downs & 4 sons, Ernest Downs of Tchula, Glynn Downs of Winona, James Kelly Downs & Ricky Downs of Vaiden; 2 sisters, Mrs. Era Williams of Ga. & Mrs. Ellen Lanthrop of Forrest; 2 brothers, Kelly Downs of Vaiden & Bryan Downs of Jackson.

Pallbearers were Howard McDonald, Bob Harper, Harry Randle, J.B.Palmertree, Bobby Goss & Horace Simpson.
Family links: 
  John W. Downs (1869 - 1950)
  Emma Barrett Downs (1864 - 1939)
  Agnes Elizabeth Ramage Downs (1913 - 2006)
  Grady Ernest Downs (1936 - 2007)*
  Ellen Downs (1902 - 1968)*
  George Kelly Downs (1905 - 1975)*
  James Stephens Downs (1913 - 1964)
*Calculated relationship
Old Plank Cemetery
Carroll County
Mississippi, USA
Created by: Ron (Ronnie Lee) Collins
Record added: Sep 13, 2007
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James Stephens Downs
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James Stephens Downs
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- Ron (Ronnie Lee) Collins
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- Wendy (inactive)
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- Ron (Ronnie Lee) Collins
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