Joe Downs Jr.

1958 ~ 2021 (age 63)


Joe Downs Jr., 63, of Chaplin, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Baptist Health.  He was born on June 19, 1958 in Bardstown.  Joe was retired from Tower Automotive, a member of River of Life Community Church, a coach for the Nelson County 4-H Shooting Sports, was an avid outdoorsman, loved his family dearly and had a servants heart.


He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Ann Downs and his mother-in-law, Helen Parrish.


He is survived by his wife, Kelly Downs of Chaplin; two daughters, Erica Nicole Pierce of Elizabethtown and Mallory Jo (Brad) Blair of Springfield; son, Joseph Edmund (Emily) Downs III of Chaplin; six grandchildren, Kaitlyn Boles, Ryleigh Boles, Allie Blair, Emma Blair, Bradley Blair and James Blair; father, Joseph Edmund “Burlap” Downs, Sr. of New Haven; three sisters, Debbie (Billy) Durbin, Mary (James) Lashley both of New Haven, and Libby Downs of Hopkinsville; two brothers, Tony (Pam) Downs and Bobby (Sonya) Downs both of Bardstown; father-in-law, Bob Parrish of Mt. Washington; two brother-in-laws, Craig (Mitzi) Parrish of Valdosta, Georgia and Kent (Paige) Parrish of Indonesia; and several nieces and nephews.


His funeral service will be held at 12 Noon, Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at River of Life Community Church in Springfield with burial in Highview Cemetery.  Kent Parrish will officiate and Bro. Ray Johnson and Pastor Troy Shelton will assist.  Visitation will be from 1 till 8 P.M. Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Barlow Funeral Home and 9 till 12 Noon, December 29, 2021 at the River of Life Community Church.


Memorial contributions may go to the Nelson County 4-H Shooting Sports.


Barlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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