John William “Pete” Downs, Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. John William “Pete” Downs, Jr. of Elliott will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Carroll County, with burial following in the church cemetery with military honors. Rev. Leon Holly will officiate the service.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 14, from 12 noon until service time at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.

Mr. John William “Pete” Downs, Jr., 78, passed away at his residence on Sunday, April 10, 2022. He was born in Carroll County to John William and Judson Nellie Mann Downs on April 25, 1943. He was a retired employee of Heatcraft in Grenada and was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church for over 50 years where he served as an Honorary Deacon. He was a United States Marine Corp Veteran of Vietnam, a member of American Legion Post 52 of Winona, and a member of the VFW in Grenada. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Mr. Downs is survived by his wife of 58 years, Linda James Downs of Elliott; son, John W. “Petey” Downs III (Betty Sue) of Lafayette, TN; sisters, Judy Tullos (Jimmy) of Carrollton and Kathy Herbert (Terry) of McCarley; brothers, Rayburn Downs (Sharon) of Richland, MO and Harmon Downs of Carrollton; son-in-law, Alan Hooks; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Debra Lynn Hooks.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or online at www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

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