Paul L. Downey Jr.

Aug 27, 2014

WAYNESVILLE — Paul Lester Downey Jr., 85, of Downey Drive, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at his residence.

A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he had resided in Haywood County since 1993.  He was the son of the late Paul Lester Downey Sr. and Beulah Margaretta Arnold Downey. Paulwas a U.S. Air Force captain and pilot, having served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam era.  He was a member of the Retired Officers Association and later managed a Radio Shack store.  Paul loved spending time with his family and friends and also enjoyed reading, working in his yard and cars.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he served as an usher and was on the administrative board.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy A. Downey; a daughter, Lisa A. Carraro and husband, Leo, of Greenville, South Carolina; son, Todd A Downey, of Webster, Texas; one granddaughter, Katherine Elizabeth Downey; loving caregivers, Angie Furgason, Meredith Cooke, Joy Smith, Kiana Medlin, Melissa Massie and Jennifer Mease.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with the Revs. Sanford L. Giles and Richard Harbstreit officiating.  Burial will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday prior to services.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 838, Waynesville, NC 28786.

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