GIDEON -- Laver "Lee" Downing Jr., 67, died Sept. 24, 2012, at his home.
Born June 29, 1945, in Gideon, to the late Lavern and Luella St. Cin Downing Jr., he was a member and deacon of Stanfield General Baptist Church in Gideon. He retired from Noranda Aluminum after 36 years of service. He had been an EMT with New Madrid County and a first responder crew chief, assistant fire chief, mayor and alderman for the city of Gideon. He also served as police commissioner and as a Webelo Scout leader.
On July 26, 1963, at Gideon, he married Martha Ann Graham who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three daughters and two sons-in-law, Tammy Rhoades of Perryville, Lisa and Marc Godwin of Sikeston and Nicole and David Ford of Gideon; two sisters, Pat Wilburn and Reggie Owens of Gideon; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Downing, and one brother, Robert "Bob" Hawlett.
Services were conducted today at the Bradshaw Funeral Home in Gideon with the Rev. Andy Evans officiating.
Burial followed in the Stanfield Cemetery in Clarkton.