|Birth: ||Dec. 26, 1930|
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 2012|
Thomas C. Downing passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012 in Claremore Regional Hospital in Claremore, Oklahoma he was 81 years old. Thomas was born December 26, 1930 to Henry Clay and Mary Lee (Duncan) Downing in Stillwell, Oklahoma. He was an undefeated boxer while attending chilocco Indian School in Ark City, Kansas and graduated in 1950. He served in the United States Army 45th Infantry division Company C during Korea and was discharged from the Infantry with the rank of SFC.
Mr. Downing was employed by B.F. Goodrich as a break down mill operator and retired after 37 and a half years of service. He attended First Baptist Church in Miami and was a member of the United Rubber Workers Union. Mr. Downing's greatest love of all was his 4 daughters and grandchildren, he loved to fish, bowl, pick pecans, boating, camping and watching sports. He coached a basketball team called the Miami Bombers and loved to take his daughters to Golden Gloves Boxing Matches, sports on tv was his life and he loved watching them, he was notorious for picking the winning teams. He also umpired little league baseball, and watched his daughters play.
He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother Jimmy.
Survivors include his daughters Vesta Rose Downing of the home, Jolene Sue Lane of Foyil, OK, Lois Georgean Hoffstatter of Noble, Ok, and Eva Lea Triece of Welch, OK, one brother Richard Downing of Tulsa, OK and one sister Georgean Husdson of Olathe, KS. 1 granddaughter and 5 grandsons.
Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Sunday, February 19, 2012 at the Paul Thomas Funeral Chapel in Miami, Oklahoma. Interment will follow in the Ponca Indian Cemetery in Ponca City, Oklahoma with a graveside service and Native American and Military Rites at 3:30 p.m.. The family will receive friends and relatives Saturday February 18, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at the Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, Oklahoma. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Paul Thomas Funeral Home, Miami. Online condolences may be made at
Eleanor Me Bth Wee Whitestar Downing (1933 - 1994)*
Vesta Rose Downing (1952 - 2016)*
Eva Lea Downing Triece (1958 - 2016)*
Ponca Tribal Cemetery
Created by: D Snyder
Record added: Feb 19, 2012
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