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Charles Nelson Downs

March 28, 1943 ~ March 24, 2020 (age 76)


Canton – Charles Nelson Downs, 76, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.

Charles was a native of Cincinnatus, New York and a son of the late Thomas M. and Carolyn Sawyer Downs.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Roxanne Killebrew.  He was a United States Army veteran and a member of Thickety Baptist Church.  Charles was a United States Postal Carrier for 28 years delivering mostly in the Cruso community.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce Fisher Downs; two daughters, Angie Clark of Greenville, South Carolina and Amy Downs of the home; four grandchildren, Rachel, Rebecca, Luke and Seth Clark; one sister, Mary Wemple (Del) of Maryland; and  two brothers, Fred Downs (Mary) of New York and David Downs of Hawaii and a brother-in-law, William Killebrew (Mary) of New York.

A private graveside service was held.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International Brevard Camp, P.O. Box 1338, Brevard, NC  28712-1338.

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