John D. Downing, 21

FEB. 10, 1990-MARCH 29, 2011

April 02, 2011
  • John D. Downing
John D. Downing

John David Downing, 21, of Knoxville, Md., passed from this life Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Born Feb. 10, 1990, in Berryville, Ark., John was the son of James F. Downing II and Joanna Lynne (Johnson) Downing of Knoxville.

John attended Pleasant Valley Elementary School, as well as Boonsboro Middle and High schools.

He was known for his love of music and times spent driving in the car with his family. John was the spark for various legislative initiatives and was fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet many congressional members, as well as former United States presidents.

In addition to his parents, John is survived by his sister, Olum Morgan of Burlington, Wash.; his four brothers, Jeremy W. Downing of New Braunfels, Texas, Benjamin Z. Downing of Durango, Colo., James F. Downing III of Austin, Texas, and Corey C. Downing, currently on active duty with the United States Air Force; his maternal grandfather, Charles A. Johnson of Tucson, Ariz.; and his paternal grandfather, James F. Downing I and his wife, Marjorie, of Oklahoma City, Okla. John is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins, and will be fondly remembered by his many, many friends.

John was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Virginia C. (Williams) Johnson; and his paternal grandmother, Betty L. (McDonald) Downing.

Family and friends will gather for a celebration of John’s life at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, Md. The Rev. R. Thomas Fralin Jr. will officiate. Immediately following the celebration, the family will receive guests for a time of friendship and fellowship at the funeral home. Burial services for John will be held privately.

Memorial donations may be made to The John David Downing Memorial Fund, c/o The Columbia Bank, 207 N. Main St., Boonsboro, MD 21713.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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