Theresa M. Downer

Theresa Mays Downer, 69, of Covington, died Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at her residence.

Theresa was born May 7, 1955, in Alleghany County, a daughter of late M.S. “Slick” Mays and Lois Dressler Mays.

Mrs. Downer retired in 2020 from the Virginia Department of Health as an inspector with thirty years of service. She was a member of the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church.

Surviving is her husband, James A. “Jim” Downer of Covington; one son, JD (Becky) Downer, II. of Covington; two daughters, Jennifer (Brad) Hicks of Covington, and Cassie (Shannon) Johnson of Danville, nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Sandra Watson of Covington; a niece, Michelle Clarke; five nephews, Matthew (Margee) Clarke, Dustin Clarke, Shane Clarke, Abe Clarke, and Thom (Jeff) Watson; one aunt, Helen Worsham of Arlington.

In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at 2:00 PM at Mt. Carmel Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Hollenbeck officiating.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Downer's name can be made to: Mt. Carmel United Church 1200 N. Alleghany Ave, Covington, VA 24426, or ONE FIGHT, Inc. 2704 Jackson River Rd, Covington, VA 24426.


Jim and your whole family - please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and in our prayers. Dan and Angie Pennington '69