Lester Downs
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Lester Downs
  • February 14, 1931 - October 30, 2017
  • Corinth, Mississippi

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Lester Downs


Celebration of life service for Lester Alvis Downs, 86 will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, November 1 at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Jonathan Marsh, Reverend Gary Watkins and Reverend Chester Wayne Harrison officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Holly Baptist Church Cemetery.


Mr. Downs passed from this life to his eternal home on October 30, 2017 after a few short days at home, his last request. He was born in Rienzi, MS on February 14, 1931 to the late Howard and Mary Lou Downs. He was a longtime member of Holly Baptist Church, a Korean War US Army veteran and retired from King Manufacturing. Lester loved gardening and loved sharing his vegetables with others more.


He was welcomed to Heaven by his parents, two Godly soul mates, his wife of 22 years and Cathy's mother, Frances Rider Downs and wife of 37 years, Dorothy Downs and a son, Michael Downs. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Annie Cummings (Henry), Iva Mae Hughes (Raymond), Leona Downs, Corina Morris (Frank), and Nora Davis (Gene) and brothers Charley Downs, Leonard Downs, Grady Basden (Cordelia), and Marshall Downs (Lessie D.).


He is survived by a daughter, Cathy Marsh (Ricky), grandchildren Jessica Eaton (Steven), Jonathan Marsh (Kala), great-grandchildren Bryant Marsh, Hunter Eaton, Dacy Kate Marsh and Hank Eaton, sisters-in-law Doris Latch (Eldon), Brenda Watkins (Gary), Glenda Harrison (Chester Wayne), Linda Hughes (Wayne), brother-in-law Bill Rider (Louise), nieces and nephews and special care givers Linda Rencher, Juanita Hill, Sue Crum and Tammy Speights.


Pallbearers will be Jonathan Marsh, Steven Eaton, Bryant Marsh, Hunter Eaton, Travis Basden and Roy Cummings.


Family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:00-8:00 pm and Wednesday from 10:00 to service time at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to West Corinth Baptist Church, 308 School Street, Corinth, MS 38834 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Arrangements under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home, Corinth, Mississippi.