Margaret Evelyn “Sphinx” Downing, age 89, of Calvert City, died Sunday, August 4, at Baptist Health in Paducah. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church and was also a Sunday school teacher.
She was the son of the late John Sphinx and the late Daisy (Howard) Sphinx. She was also preceded in death by her husband: Alford Allen Downing.
She is survived by sons; Lewis Downing of Calvert City, Allen Downing of Paducah, Jospeh Downing of Connelly Springs, N.C. and Paul Downing of Panama City, Fla.: brother Johnny Sphinx of Gilbertsville: multiple neices & nephews grandchildren; Chris Downing, Peggy Hall, Josh Downing, Bess Sullivan, Sgt. Douglas Downing, Robert Downing and Michael Allen Downing; six great grandchildren.
She is also preceded in death by sister; Mabell Darnell, half sisters, Lucille Terry and Luella Provine; half brothers, Ethalle Birdsong and Ardel Birdsong.
Arrangements are being handled by Collier Funeral Home in Benton. A funeral service will be held Tuesday August 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the Collier Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Kyle Reeder and Chris Downing. Interment will be at Bethel Cemetery, Gilbertsville.
The family asks that contributions be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Youth Fund, C/O Collier Funeral Home, P.O. Box 492, Benton, KY 42025.