Charles Richard Downey, age 81, of Rutherfordton, died Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, Forest City. He was born September 27, 1936 to Charles Edward and Bertha Strickland Downey in Portsmouth, Ohio. He served in the US Air Force, was a retired union carpenter and a member of the Rutherford Church of Christ. Charles enjoyed many hobbies through the years including remodeling and selling houses, being a soccer and baseball coach, building projects at his home , he also enjoyed success with drag racing and loved camping. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Donna Downey Rawlins, and a daughter, Jane Downey Leaver.
Survivors include his wife of fifty three years, Donna L. Downey, sons, Charles “Chuck” Downey and wife Stephanie and Darrin Downey, and six grandchildren, Jamie Sawyer, Jordyn Leaver, Haley Brussman, Sierra Downey, Cheyenne Downey, and Carson Downey, and a granddog, Sadie
A memorial service will be held 12 pm Friday, February 9th in the Rutherford Church of Christ, Rutherfordton with Minister Jim Hobbs officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 until 12 pm Friday at the church. Interment will be held at a later date in Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.
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