Erman ‘Okie’ Downey

Erman “Okie” Downey

Funeral services for Erman Jean “Okie” Downey Sr., 88, of Gainesville, Texas were held February 12, 2019 at Mountain View Full Gospel Church with Rev. Clyde Quick officiating. Interment followed at Foster Cemetery under the care of Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home, Gainesville.

Mr. Downey passed away February 9, 2019 in Gainesville, Texas. Okie was born February 25, 1930 in Pernell, Okla. to James Audie and Betty (Williams) Downey. He was a cement truck driver by trade, having worked for Freeway, Peters & Son, and Nelson Bros. He raised and worked mules, enjoyed tinkering in his shop, and caring for his landscaping, goats, and chickens. 

Most of all, he treasured the time spent with family, particularly his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Tina Downey of Gainesville; daughter, Betty Jackson and husband Olen of Gainesville; daughter, Ruby Walker and husband Dwayne of Athens; son, Billy Downey and wife Cheryl of Gainesville; son, Erman Downey Jr. and wife Angie of Gainesville; daughter, Darla Kearney of Valley View; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; twin brother, Herman Dean Downey and wife Naomi of Ratliff City, Okla.; and brother, Wendell Downey and wife Mary of Krum.

Mr. Downey was preceded in death by his parents; son, Billy Gene Downey; granddaughter, McKenna Brooke Downey; brother, Alton Downey and brother, Milburn Downey; sister, Neta Faye Hart; and brother, Dawl Wayne Downey.

Serving as pallbearers were Audie Downey, Cory Jackson, Zac Downey, and Graham Downey.

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