John Coghill “Corky” Downer III, age 86, of 594 White Oak Lane, Covington, Virginia died Thursday, July 28, 2022, at his residence.
Corky was born November 4, 1935, in Clifton Forge, Virginia to the late John Coghill “Jack” Downer, Jr. and Ethel Evans Downer. He served in the United States Army and was the retired manager and co-owner of Downer Hardware in Covington. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Covington and The Gideons International and was very much a people person.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Ronnie Downer, son-in-law David Caputo, and great granddaughter Caleigh Behrens.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Roles Downer of Covington; two daughters, Karen Caputo of Wilson, NC and Susan Behrens and husband Hank of Russell, KY; two sons, Greg Downer and wife Julie of Covington and Gary Downer of Vienna; three brothers, Richard and wife Priscilla of Covington, Jim Downer and wife Theresa of Covington, and Steve Downer and wife Donna of Newport; ten grandchildren, Amy Caputo, Kevin Caputo, Austin Behrens, Melaina Whitt, Heath Behrens, Brooke Wolfe, Jack Downer, Victoria Behrens, Emma Dowman, and Lauren Downer; ten great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 3:00PM at Faith Baptist Church, Covington with Pastor Andy Belanger and Pastor Billy Price officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Covington. Pallbearers will be Kevin Caputo, Austin Behrens, Heath Behrens, Jack Downer, Bobby Whitt, Scott Wolfe, Chase Dowman and Paul Lee. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 1:00-3:00PM prior to the service.
Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.
The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to The Gideons International, Alleghany Gideons, P.O. Box 764, Covington, VA 24426.