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Lawrence W. Downes

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Lawrence W. Downes' Obituary

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    • From: Dothan, AL
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      • Sunset Memorial Park

      • 1700 Barrington Road
        Midland City, AL 36350

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Lawrence W. Downes, a resident of Dothan, Alabama, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.  He was 78.


Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2 pm in Sunset Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Gross officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.


Mr. Downes was born on July 25, 1939 in Irvington, Illinois and moved to Dothan in 1983. He served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. Mr. Downes loved Auburn football, piddling outdoors, family ancestry and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Frances Kitson Downes; his parents, James and Stella Mae Downes; and a sister, Sylvia Henson.


Survivors include his children, Scot (Annette) Downes, James Downes, Joyce (Geoff) Goodwin-Albert, Rhonda Ward, and Debbie Downes Parks; grandchildren, Jeremy Downes, Crystal Goodwin, Holly (Jason) King, Christie (Hunter) Ward, Brenton (Lori) Ward, Bessie Howell, Ashley (Timothy) Ward, Amanda (Travis) Stratton, Alex (Stephenie) Anderson, Erika (Spencer) Hill and Caitlin Parks; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edith.

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Tommy Deese


I am so very sad to hear about your loss. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Leann Choate Messer

To Debbie and Jimmy Downes: I am so sorry for y'all s loss. My deepest condolences and I will pray for each and everyone of y'all. Your in my prayers! Hugs to you and your brother.

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Michael Kelley

Debbie, and all of the Downes family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. My spirit is with you during this difficult time.

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Lisa Lamb

So sorry to hear this
My prayers go out to the entire family .

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Scott Marsh

A great man, awesome father, wonderful husband and a phenomenal friend! Ever since Mr Downes and family moved to Dothan and meeting him for the first time when we were just youngsters/teenagers in high school he was a father to us all whether he knew any of us or we had just met, him and his wife Helen both shared the mother and father love for us all showing no favoritism or hate to anyone. I can remember us all gathering at their house and if you was new to the family of friends you couldn't really tell who was actually family and who was just friends, they treated us all the same.

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Danny Flowers


I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Billy and Sherry Ward

Sorry for your loss, Rhonda and children, may God bless you all. We love y'all

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Vickie and Todd Stephens

So sorry Jimmy. Prayer for you and your family.

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Garry & Patty Peacock (Proctor)

We are so sorry for you loss our prayers are with you all

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Mary Mello

I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish I had met him. I love all the pictures of him and the family. The posts I read, tell me he was a wonderful and caring man. Loved by all and that says he was very special. Even though I have never met him, he will always be special to me. If it wasn't for him, I would have never found all of you. I love you all and I'm sending prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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Susan Ginn

My thoughts and prayers to you all. May God’s strong arms surround you and provide you comfort and love during this difficult time.

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Lynn Iverson Hebert

To Debbie, Jimmy, Scott and Rhonda and family so sorry for your loss. Mr. Downes was a great man. I will always remember his kindness and great humor. Your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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John and Kim Nealon

Just want to take a moment to let all of you know how sad I am to hear about the passing of my dear Uncle Larry. I will always hold such beautiful memories of him and my Aunt Helen, two of the most loving, compassionate, Christ-like people that I know. Heaven is certainly a happier place now that the two of them are together. I will always be grateful for Uncle Larry’s example and all the hours of labor working on our family history. Memories of joy, laughter, and love and selfless giving will always be a part of me.

Wish we could be there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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Jeremy Downes

I love and miss you grandpa you are and was one of the most important men in my life. I know i was a pain sometimes but you was always there for me and loved me no matter what. If i turn out just a 1/8 the man you was i know i will be ok i love you

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