BLOOMFIELD - William J. Downen, 96, died March 18, 2005, at the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center in Bloomfield.
Born Feb. 6, 1909, at Monette, Ark., to the late Charlie and Elsie Brown Downen, he was a self-employed farmer and carpenter and a member of the St. Joe Baptist Church in Idalia.
On Oct. 28, 1934, at Hunterville, he married Ruby M. French, who preceded him in death on June 11, 1999. Also preceding him in death were two brothers and a sister.
Survivors include: one son, Ronald D. Hahn of Scott City, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter. Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Bloomfield Cemetery with the Rev. Ron Dunavin officiating.
Burial will follow in the Bloomfield Cemetery.