Downs, Dollie Bernice

Posted: Mon 12:47 PM, Apr 29, 2013
Funeral Home: Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home
Dollie Bernice Downs, 87, of Bowling Green, formerly of Louisville, passed away at 1:35 a.m. April 28, 2013, at Christian Health Care Center.

The Caneyville native was born June 22, 1925, a daughter of the late Buford Free Shain and Geneva Olive Basham Shain. Mrs. Downs was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Earl Downs; a daughter, Lonnie Faye Pharis; and a sister, Sadie Ercell Thompson.

Mrs. Downs retired from Sears, was a member of Buechel Park Baptist Church and attended First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) while in Bowling Green.

Visitation for Mrs. Downs will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Johnson-Vaughn-Phelps Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday in the Last Supper Chapel at Arch L. Heady Resthaven Cemetery at 4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218.

Mrs. Downs is survived by a daughter, Olivia Dollvetta Kirtley (Sam Jr.); one sister, Ester Marcella Beasley; five grandchildren, Kamala Pharis, Kara Ridgway (Doug), Samuel Kirtley III (Heather), Stephanie Lawrence (Michael) and Steven Kirtley (Kathi); eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Diabetes Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund or Susan G. Komen for the Cure. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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