John Lindsay Downs

Oconee Enterprise
Friday, February 26, 1926
Page One

Death of J.L. Downs Removes Good Citizen

When death stilled the heart of John Lindsay Downs last Saturday afternoon, shortly after 3 o'clock, Watkinsville and Oconee county lost one of its most useful citizens.

Confined to his home barely more than a week, the news of his death was a distinct shock to thousands of his friends who were unaware of the seriousness of his last illness and brought sadness to the hearts of all. Mr. Downs is survived by a large family connection, the immediate members being his faithful wife and aged mother; two daughters, Miss Eula Downs of Watkinsville and Miss Katie Downs of the Normal School; five sons, Alva C., L. Warren, Harvey O., R. Hussey and Edward, all of Watkinsville; five sisters, Mrs. W.L. Hall and Mrs. R.C. Elder of Oconee; Mrs. J.T. Osborn, Americus; Mrs. E.A. Hall, Atlanta; Mrs. T.L. O'Dillon, Watkinsville; four brothers, W.W., J.R. and J.A. Downs of Oconee and W.L. Downs, of Vidalia; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The pallbearers were C.A. Duggan, C.C. Parsons, Mell McRee, O.D. Chandelr (sic), W.H. Ashford and E.P. Johnston.

Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church here Monday morning at 11 o'clock, by his pastor, Rev. B.H. Trammell, assisted by Rev. F.D. Cantrell, of Union Point, and Rev. J.W. McWhorter, of Winder, and Rev. E.D. Kelley, of Bishop, the interment following in the cemetery at Johnson church near his old homestead.

Thus passes from life's stage of action one of nature's noblemen, for there's not a heart in all this community but what he has in darkest hours comforted by his acts and presence. Big in his stature, his heart was equally large and, like a guardian angel, encompassed all about him and painted many faultering souls to the rift in the clouds of gloom and caused by sickness and death. Service to his fellowmen was his guiding star and the monuments he erected in the hearts of his loved ones and fellow travelers will survive and flourish long after granite and stone has returned to dust. He will not pass this way again but his example of unselfish serviec (sic) will never fade and his heritage is far more precious than rubies and gold to those who left behind.

To his loved ones and friends our heart's tenderest sympathy is extended for we, too, know and realize that in the passing of Lindsay Downs we, in common with the entire community have lost a friend indeed.