Mr. Downing retired from SKW Alloys and was a member the Fairdealing Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Julia B. Holley Downing of Benton; two daughters, Karen Gray and her husband Chad of Benton and Kaye Ruoff and her husband Charles of Spring, Texas; one son, Steve Downing and his wife Sharon of Benton; one sister, Mary York of Benton; eight grandchildren, Trent Gray, Lori Park, Stephanie Ives, Craig Lovett, Chris Ruoff, Justin Downing, Leah Miller and Whitney Tolbert and seven great grandchildren.
Mr. Downing was preceded in death by his parents, Clete Downing and Gracie Baker Downing.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 1 at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home. Josh Herndon officiated. Burial followed in the Fairdealing Cemetery.