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Mississippian Jimmy D. Downs

By D. Hoyle Eaton | Nov 10, 2017

Booneville, Miss. — Jimmy Dale Downs, 68, passed away at his home in Ripley, Miss., on October 25.

Jimmy was among the original organizers of the Hell Creek Wildlife Management Area. An avid horseman, he helped organize many field trials at Hell Creek through the years. He was the county executive director of the Farm Service Agency for the United States Department of Agriculture, retiring after 38 years of service.

Jimmy was born on January 11, 1949 to Arthur and Betty Jo Morris Downs in Booneville, Miss. He was a 1967 graduate of Booneville High School and a proud 1971 graduate of his beloved Mississippi State University.

Jimmy was also very involved with the Rotary Club where he served for over forty years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ripley.

Two of his more recently registered dogs were Razzle Dazzle Doll and Pine Hill Bogey, both by Sir Lancelot. His brother-in-law Richard Tollison of Booneville, Miss., was at one time a part owner of Sir Lancelot.

A memorial service was held on October 27 at First United Methodist Church in Ripley.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of over fifty years, Sadie Price Downs, one daughter, Dana Horton (Jimmy), a son, Berkley Downs, all of Ripley; a sister, one brother, three grandchildren, and brother-in-law Richard Tollison.

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