Myra Mae (Cowart) Downer

Born: Wed., Sep. 28, 1927
Died: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 25, 2019
Location: Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 26, 2019
Location: First United Methodist Church/Swainsboro

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mrs. Myra Mae Downer, age 92, of Swainsboro, GA, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at Emanuel Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Swainsboro First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jack Whitehead officiating and Rev. David Unkles to assist.

Interment will follow in the Hawhammock Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-7 PM on Friday, October 25, 2019

Pallbearers are Bobby Sasser, Billy Sasser, Paul McDaniel, Phil Tatum, Bo Lariscy, Charles Schwabe, Jim Dekle, and J.W. Hooks.

Honorary Escorts are Monday Morning Prayer Group: Cherry Curry, Kay Peacock, Judy McWhorter, Mae Bailey, Mary Rose Brown, Judy Wells, and Kay Stephens.

 Mrs. Downer was born September 28, 1927 in Swainsboro, Emanuel County, GA to the late Dessie Elmo and Myrtice Hudson Cowart. She was retired from Shop Rite Pharmacy. Mrs. Downer was a member of the Flanders Hall Sunday School Class at the Swainsboro First United Methodist Church, UMW Wesleyan Circle, Monday Morning Prayer Group, Friday Coffee Circle and the Pinetree Festival Garden Show. She was also a volunteer at Emanuel Medical Center. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 20 years, Clayton Downer, two sisters, Helen Cowart Whitehead and Irene Cowart Roberts, two Great-Grandchildren, Jed Christopher and Gracie Leigh Pullen.

Survivors Include:

One Daughter: Gloria Hudson (Mickey) of Rincon, GA

Three Sons: James E. “Ezra” Price (Judy) and Ray Downer (Tabatha) both of Swainsboro, GA, and David Price (Helen) of Oak Park, GA

Eight Grandchildren: Christy Scroggs, James Price (Carter), Clay Price (Amanda), Jarrod Downer, Jada Downer, Kristle Wheeler, Mandy Pullen (Chris), and Melissa Clark (Adam Brewer)

Seven Great-Grandchildren: Bella Scroggs, Patton Price, Evie Price, Haley Fulcher, Peyton Taylor, Gage Pullen, and Everly Brewer

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for Dr. Prasad and her staff, Church Street Manor, and Emanuel Medical Center.

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Myra Mae Downer of Swainsboro, GA.

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Tony Mangieri
   Posted Thu October 24, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Downer and Price families.

Tony and Pam Mangieri

Rose M Turner
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
Myra and myself have been friends for many years. She was a lovely person and a devout Christian. My prayers are with you all.

Cres and Wylene Keys
   Posted Fri October 25, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.
Cres and Wylene

Angela Blue
   Posted Sat October 26, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss! 🙏🏻🌹

Julie May Mercer and Mary Mercer
   Posted Mon October 28, 2019
Thoughts and Prayers are with each of you during this time.

Michelle Cowart
   Posted Fri November 01, 2019
Ray & Tabatha so so sorry about your mother. We just received the news. We are thinking of your family during this difficult time. She was a wonderful & beautiful lady!
Our deepest Sympathy!

Rob & Michelle N Cowart
Richmond Hill Ga

Shirley Sherwood
   Posted Mon November 04, 2019
Dearest Gloria & Family,

Im am very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing.
Only our Lord can comfort you in a sweet sweet way.
Prayers for you & your family in this difficult time.