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Remembering A Close Friend

Jimmy Dale Downs

By D. Hoyle Eaton | Nov 30, 2017

Booneville, Miss. — Jimmy Downs passed away at his home October 25. He was 68 years old.

Jimmy and I had a close relationship. We worked closely together in the development of the Hell Creek Field Trial Area sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Jimmy’s brother-in-law, Richard Tollison, was contractor and builder of the clubhouse and barn. Jimmy was responsible for finding the acreage for the development of the Hell Creek Area. That made possible for the Department of Wildlife and Parks to purchase the land.

There were multiple people who helped develop the area. I will not try to name them all but I would like to mention James Page, Joe Walker, Dutch Boren, Steve Coleman (manager of the area) and Carl Graves.

Jimmy leaves behind his wife, Sadie, of over fifty years; one daughter, Dana Horton (Jimmy); one son, Berkley Downs; one sister, Vicki White (Mark); one brother, Ricky Joe Downs (Karen); three grandchildren, Sara Reese Horton, Alli Jae Horton, Becca Rose Downs; one brother-in-law, Richard Tollison.

Jimmy was an easy-going, faithful and caring person and had many friends. Jimmy also served as secretary of the Hell Creek Open for several years.

Jimmy was a graduate of Mississippi State University and later became County Executive Director of the USDA/FSA for many years. He also was a member of First United Methodist Church of Ripley. Ripley was his home upon graduation from college.

It is hard to find the proper words when expressing the loss of a close friend, except to say, “May God accept you with open arms” my friend.


Booneville, Miss.

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