Bridge City
Thomas (Tommy) Martin Downey Jr., 71, went home to be with his Lord Sunday, May 31, 2009, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Funeral Services were held Wednesday, June 3 at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange with the Rev. Marvin E. Moore of Harvest Time Bible Church in Port Arthur officiating. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

He was born June 4, 1937 in Port Arthur to Thomas M. Downey Sr. and Rosa Dixon Downey. Tommy was a long time resident of Orange and Bridge City, having been employed by Sabine Supply and Firestone in Orange, also King Fisher Marine Service of Port Lavaca.  He proudly served as greeter and deacon of Harvest Time Bible Church in Port Arthur.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Tommy was preceded in death by his parents and sister.  

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Billie Sterns Downey of Bridge City; daughters, Tina (J.D.) Nezat of Denham Springs, La., Nina (James) Birdwell of Bridge City, and Nanette (Greg) Graham of Mauriceville; and his son, Keith Downey of Bridge City.  Also surviving are his brother, Thomas W. Downey of Lufkin and sister, Marie Kea of Nederland.  The delight of his life was serving his Lord and enjoying his  six grandchildren, Britni (Thomas) Givens, Wesley Nezat and Sarah Nezat of Denham Springs, La., Carmel Jean (CJ) Birdwell, Katie Birdwell and Chloe Downey of Bridge City.