Bobby Gene Downs

Jan 05, 2017

Loving, Father, Grandfather and Brother

WAYNESVILLE — Bobby Gene Downs, age 67, of Downs Cove Road, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017.

Mr. Downs was born July 28, 1949, in Catawba County and had resided in Haywood County all of his life. He had been employed at the Maggie Valley Resort and Country Club as golf course superintendent and had also worked at the Hilton Inn Golf Course in Asheville. Mr. Downs was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.

As we remember Bobby, we cherish the memory of his great love of children and all animals. He loved spending time outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He gave of his time to others often and volunteered at The Open Door Ministries in Waynesville.  Bobby was a great father and a kind, caring and patient man. His devoted love for his family has left them peaceful and loving memories and his love will forever be their guide.

He was preceded in death by his father, Horace Devoe Downs; and his loving companion of 28 years, Joyce Littrell.

Surviving are his mother, Georgia Edith Putnam Downs, of Waynesville; a daughter, Sharon Downs, of Waynesville, and Laura Downs Spann, of Hickory; a grandchild, Miranda Dawn Amos; sisters, Vivia Worley, of Clyde, Ruth Stamey, of Clyde, Debbie Lunsford, of Asheville, and Vickie O’Kelley, of Waynesville; brothers, Marvin Downs of Waynesville, Johnny Downs, of Asheville, Horace Junior Downs, of Waynesville, and Edward Lee Downs, of Waynesville; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Liberty Baptist Church. The Rev. Millard Grant will be officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.

Memorials may be made to The Open Door Ministries in Waynesville, 32 Commerce Street, Waynesville, NC 28786.

Crawford/Ray Funeral and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Downs family and words of comfort may be shared at www.crawfordray.com.