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Charles Leroy Downing

Charles “Charlie” Leroy Downing, 71, passed to Heaven on Oct. 1, 2016 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, Mo.

He is survived by his children, Steven Downing, Robert Downing, Shelly Schrader, and Collier Downing; former wife, Sandy Downing;  14 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Graveside services will be Thursday, Oct. 6, at 11:30 a.m. in the Turkey Creek Cemetery east of Ava with military honors.  Visitation will be Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, Mo. A celebration of life ceremony was held Wednesday, Oct. 5,  from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Avilla Baptist Church, Avilla, Mo. with the Rev. Danny Douglas officiating. Memorials may be made to the family as a love offering.

Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral