William Troy Downing, 72, of Tow died July 31, 2016

William Troy “Tooter” Downing, 72, gained his freedom from suffering and hugged his loved ones in heaven on July 31, 2016.  He was born in Winters, Texas, and grew up in the Drasco/Bradshaw area, where he loved fishing, drag racing, archery and playing pool — until he got caught. 

He was a member of the Blizzards Class of 1963 and enjoyed being part of the Rodeo Club and baseball league while in school.

During his earlier years, he worked with his parents, Travis and Celestine (Lewis) Downing, on their ranch and helped with the migrant and seasonal farm work. He later worked primarily in the Coleman/Brownwood area as a welder and retired to Lake Buchanan. Many will recall the “ducky” image he would weld onto a final project.

Tooter had the unique gift of making true friends and loved them deeply. He was known to “throw one back” with his friends.

He had one child, William Myron Downing, who beat him to heaven, as did his parents, sister Jo Lavern Evans, “brother”-in-law John McMillan and great-nephew Victor Holk.

He is survived by sister Joyce Downing McMillan of Hewitt; nephews, Kent (Cindy) McMillan of Garden City, Lee (Nancy) Evans of Lowake and Chuck Evans of San Angelo; nieces, Kelly Tarpley of Hewitt and Kim (Brian) Holk of Tow; nine great-nieces and great-nephews; seven great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; his Aunt Olie Lewis; and many cousins and friends he considered family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to your favorite charity. They will celebrate his life Aug. 13 in Tow and scatter his ashes where he found great joy.

The family would like to thank Llano Nursing and Rehab, especially Linda, Erica, Pilar and Candy for not only their care but their friendship, which brought him comfort, and Dr. David Hoarser for his unending care.

Arrangements by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone, (325) 247-4300. Email whhfuneral1@verizon.net with condolences.

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