First Posted: 7/25/2006


JEAN E. DOWNTON, 52, died at 9:30 p.m. July 21, 2006, at Lima Memorial Health System.

She was born Aug. 5, 1953, in Goodman, Miss., to Jerry and Rosetta Haywood. Her father preceded her in death. Her mother, Rosetta Hay Armstead, survives in Lima. In 1997, she married Robert L. Downton, who survives in Florence, Ala.

Mrs. Downton was a homemaker. She had been a member of St. Luke Church of God in Christ.

Survivors also include two sons, Michael L. Downton of Florence, Ala., and Jeffery A. (Victoria) Downton of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Jerry Haywood Jr. and Ricky (Pamela) Haywood, both of Lima, James (Kareama) Haywood of Columbus and Tony (Linda) Haywood of Lima; and two sisters, Jerrie A. Haywood and Valerie (James) Howell, both of Lima.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Charlie Armstead.

Services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Robert L. Curtis will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Clark Funeral Home, where the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m.

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