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James Marion "Root" Downs

February 5, 1945 December 26, 2018
James Marion "Root" Downs
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James Marion “Root” Downs, 73, of Baldwyn, MS passed away on December 26, 2018. James was born on February 5, 1945 in Booneville, MS. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1967. James was the proprietor of Downs Grocery for 42 years where he enjoyed sharing stories with his customers and lifelong friends. James enjoyed farming, gardening, history, hunting and fishing. He was an avid Mississippi State Bulldogs sports fan. Most of all James loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. James was a member of Northvale Baptist Church.

James had requested graveside services only, but due to inclement weather services will be held at Waters Funeral Home on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens in Frankstown, MS.

James is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Joyce Gray Downs; daughter, Gina Lynn Bobo (Steven) of Fort Mill, SC; son, Kevin Neal Downs of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Gabe Alexander Bobo, James Tillman Bobo, and Gray Wilder Bobo; brother, Tommy Downs (Pam) of Southaven; sister, Judy Downs Smith of Baldwyn; and brother, Ronnie Joe Downs (Gay) of Baldwyn. James had 12 beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline Crawley Downs and John Thomas Franklin “Buddy” Downs of Baldwyn, his maternal grandparents, James Thomas Crawley and Edna Mae Leathers Crawley, and his paternal grandparents, John F. Downs and Melia Stone Downs.

James was very fortunate in having many dear friends; his special friends, Brian Carpenter, Jerry Carter, Cole Collier, Charles Cooper, Mike Farley, Bob Garrison, Walter Gentry, Dan Hopkins, Hunt Kirk, Tommy Lampkin, Hester McCarley, Jerry McGee, Jim Montgomery, Jamie Nelson, Jay Nelson, Ricky Newby, Bubba Pratt, Art Prentiss, Stan Scott, Lamar Standifer, Mark Tapp, Ricky Tapp, Bill Woodruff, and numerous other close friends.

Visitation will be held at Waters Funeral Home on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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