2013-05-29 / Obituaries


Joseph Evans Downey Sr., 79, of Montgomery died May 25, 2013.

He served as Sergeant with the U.S. Army Battery C 108th Battalion during the Korean Conflict. After being discharged from the military (Army), he received his B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University). Upon graduating, he worked for the State of Alabama Department of Public Health. He received an M.S. Degree in Sanitary Engineering from the University of Michigan while working for the State of Alabama. He retired with 38 years of employment with the State of Alabama, including 14 years as Director of Public Water Supply.

He was beloved as a Dixie Youth baseball coach at Joe Marshall Field in Montgomery for many years, where he guided numerous boys, girls, and teams. As a grandfather, he became affectionately known as Papa Joe or Pops when you could find him attending and cheering at sporting events of his grandchildren. He loved coaching baseball, watching Auburn football, and managing his timber farm in Clarke County.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Modean Downey, two sons Joseph (Susan) Downey Jr. and Michael (Kellie) Downey; two daughters Debbie (Bart) Harrison (Bart), Becky (Cecil) Blackmon; twelve grandchildren, Craig Harrison, Kevin Harrison, Brittaney Blackmon Andres ( Jason), Christopher Blackmon, Matthew Blackmon, Taylor Downey, Evan Downey, Rebecca Downey, Austin Downey, Kendall Downey, Coleman Downey, and Alexis Downey; three great grandchildren, McKinley Andres, Davis Andres, and Dylan Andres; brothers Wilbur Downey (Annie Lou) and Bobby Downey; and sister Nita (Ken) Bush.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius Downey and Mildred Crenshaw Downey; and his sister Pauline Downey Wilson.

The service will be Thursday, May 30 at 2 p.m. at Leak Memory Chapel in Montgomery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial and graveside service will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Craig Harrison, Christopher Blackmon, Kevin Harrison, Matthew Blackmon, Taylor Downey, Austin Downey, and Coleman Downey. Granddaughters will follow the pallbearers.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions to your favorite charity can be made in honor of Joe and Modean Downey. Online condolences may be made at www.LEAKMC. com.


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