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Obituaries December 24, 2015


India Downs

India Downs

India Lorene Downs, of Fletcher, N.C., born March 24, 1922 in Ethel, Miss.,   died   Thanksgiving Day Nov 26, 2015. Ms. Downs was married Sept 4, 1948 to Alvis Ildefonse Downs Jr in Proctor, Ark. and honeymooned at the Hotel Peabody.  Mr Downs preceded her in death on Nov 4, 2012.After graduating nursing school in Vicksburg Miss., Ms Downs worked for the Health Department as a public health nurse, among other things administering shots to students in public schools.  She worked for Methodist hospital off and on for over thirty years, retiring in 1982, as a nurse supervisor over the ER, labor and delivery, and five floors.  She and her husband Al, then moved from their home in Frayser  to Destin Fla.
Ms Downs soon found herself back in the nursing workforce, supervising in a retirement home facility in Destin.  They moved to Asheville NC in 1986, to eventually live out their lives with their daughter Cheryl Redmon, in Fletcher. Mrs. Downs was preceded in death by her parents, Mr and Mrs Walter Presley Williams, five sisters, Beatrice Odell Brady, Mildred Belle Maury, Mable Inez Brown, Ruby Bernice Bowman, Elizabeth Wardine ‚ÄúJackie‚Äù Williams, Martha Ethlyene ‚ÄúBoots‚Äù Rea, and five brothers, Donald Lewis Williams, Jerry Carl Williams, Walter Presley Williams Jr, James E. ‚ÄúJimmy‚Äù Williams, Cecil Bernard Williams, a son-in-law, Gary Thomas Moore and a grandson Michael Christian Dalton. Survivors include four daughters, Nona Cheryl Redmon of Fletcher NC, Lauren Alindia ‚ÄúLindy‚Äù Bayles (Sam), of Millington TN, Lesa Jaqueline Moore of McDonough GA, Dixie Lee Downs Hall (Kevin) of Bartlett, eight  grandchildren Deann Sherrill (Brian), David Wilkerson (Tina), Brian Moore, Adam Redmon (Hannah), Jay Wilkerson (Andrea), Nikki Moore, Alex Redmon, and Christopher Hall, six great-grandchildren, Shelby Raft, Eryka Sherrill, Kiley Hayes, Parker Wilkerson, Brody Wilkerson, Miles Wilkerson.
The full moon casts through the passages of transition, illuminating the path to transcending flesh.  A gateway to a place where we all will meet again.  Memories of laughter and love, faint as the slowing heartbeat, will forever echo through our minds and souls.  Reminding us of the beauty you shared with the world and the strength you gave our spirits.  Even to the very last breath, you cling to this world so that we all may bid farewell.  With peace and grace carry on your journey to the other side where many others are waiting for you, greeting you with open arms.  Rest your weary soul because you will be home.   B.Moore    (Written after visiting his grandmother, two nights before her passing.)

Arthur A. Milne, of Memphis, passed away on Dec. 14, 2015. He is survived by Patricia Milne, spouse and nephew, Lawrence Pierce of Scranton, Ohio. He retired from the Navy and was a lifetime member of the Fleet Reserve Association. He was a member of the Millington Post VFW and attended Bellevue Baptist Church. Military Honor presented graveside at Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Home and Cemetery, Millington on Dec. 19.

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