Virgil M. Downs, Sr.

February 15, 1953 - November 13, 2020

Virgil M. Downs, Sr.

Virgil M. Downs, Sr., 67, of Vidor, died Friday, November 13, 2020. He was born on February 15, 1953, in Beaumont, to W.J. "Bill" Downs, Sr. and Bessie "Jean" Voight. Virgil was a third-generation plumber. He had been a plumber since 1969 and was the owner of Advantage Plumbing and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. 

Survivors include his wife of forty-seven years, Sylvia Downs; sons, Virgil Downs, Jr. and his wife, Krystle; and Billy John Downs and his wife, Katie; daughters, Stephanie Thibodeaux and her husband, Brad; and Stacey Tatum and her husband, Trey; grandchildren, Bailey Rogers, Aniston Lou Tatum, A.J. Tatum IV, Skylar Armstrong, Easton Downs, Addison Downs, Kenedee Richard, and Kaden Richard; brothers, Larry Downs and his wife, Diane; and Troy Downs and his wife, Sheree’; sister-in-law, Annette Marshall; brother-in-law, Johnnie Gracia, Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Tonya Downs; grandson, Tyler Downs; and brother, W.J. “Bill” Downs, Jr.

A gathering of Mr. Downs’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2020, and Tuesday, November 17, 2020 with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m., at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Visiting continues from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Broussard's, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1600 Main Street, Vidor, with his interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, Vidor. 

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A Gathering of Mr. Downs' Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Street Beaumont, TX 77701
Monday, November 16, 2020
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
A Gathering of Mr. Downs' Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m.
A Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - McFaddin Ave.
2000 Mcfaddin Avenue Beaumont, TX 77701
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
1600 North Main Vidor, TX 77662
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
11:00 a.m.
Restlawn Memorial Park
2725 N. Main Vidor, TX 77662

Comments (19)

  • Kathay Wilkerson

    18 November 2020 at 17:06 | #

    Such a great loss. Mr Downs was a loving and caring person to all that knew him.. He was the best husband, Dad and grandfather a family could ever ask for. He was a true friend which Ronnie and I will miss very much. Prayers for all the family that will miss him so very much..


  • Terrie Lewis

    17 November 2020 at 11:34 | #

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart is broken for you. I do know what you are going through, so if you need someone to talk to, sit in silence with, or a shoulder to cry on, just give me a call. I will be there in a heartbeat.


  • Connie lacy

    17 November 2020 at 03:06 | #

    My heart is so sad for your loss, I never knew anyone that loved their family like he did I feel blessed to have known him,he was wonderful husband,father,grandfather and friend I will keep your family in my prayers.


  • Troy Lewis

    17 November 2020 at 00:26 | #

    Very sad ,Virgil was a great Man, coach with him when Billy John and My son Ryan played football and baseball ,so sorry, God bless


  • Joe gracia

    16 November 2020 at 20:06 | #

    Virgil was a hard working and happy man. He was very blessed to have a loving and caring family around him. He will be sorely missed, but not forgotten.
    Joe Gracia


  • Jimmy & Jo Reeves

    16 November 2020 at 16:17 | #

    I truly enjoyed being around Virgil. Loved his stories and he always made me laugh. Prayers for Virgil Jr. and family. Will miss him greatly..


  • Darlene (Trahan) Porter

    15 November 2020 at 22:11 | #

    Jesus, wrap this family in your arms and offer comfort to them as they mourn the loss of this wonderful human being. Sylvia, I love you and know that Virgil has a special place in the hearts of our entire family. Mama will look after him, as I know he will look after her. in their heavenly lives. And may they guide and protect us until we are honored to be with them and our Lord, Jesus Christ.


  • Livvy & Felix Ramirez

    15 November 2020 at 14:35 | #

    Virgil, will live on in our memories.His soil was a gift to everyone who knew him. He will be in our prayers and may the Lord Bless you Sylvia and your Family.


  • Shawn Willey

    15 November 2020 at 03:31 | #

    Love and prayers to my dear Downs family. He will surely be missed.


  • LeAnna Martinez

    15 November 2020 at 02:14 | #

    My heart is broken for your family,....what a terrible loss. “Big Virgil” was always so active and rarely seen without a smile. He made such an impact on everyone that he knew, and he will be missed by all. I love you guys and you’re all in my prayers.


  • Abby Iles

    15 November 2020 at 00:01 | #

    Stacey & Virgil, I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad. Big hugs--Abby (Hickerson) Iles


  • Diann Mallette

    14 November 2020 at 23:11 | #

    Our prayers are with you all during this painful time. Virgil will be missed by many in the plumbing insdutry. He was well respected by all who worked for him and with him. He will be missed by many. Our love and prayers will be with you all.


  • Marie Lopez

    14 November 2020 at 20:20 | #

    May God bless you and your family Stacey..Great prayers for you and your family


  • Bill and Sandy Andrews

    14 November 2020 at 20:03 | #

    Our hearts are broken for the Downs family. We had the pleasure of raising our children with yours. We will keep your family in our prayers and offer you any support in anyway. Just call anytime!!


  • Delia Hancock

    14 November 2020 at 19:32 | #

    To know Virgil is to know his character. Family first! I think how blessed his children were to be raised by him and Sylvia. To be taught their values and to experience their love into adulthood. Rest In Peace Virgil. Your energy will always be around.


  • Carol FRUGE

    14 November 2020 at 19:01 | #

    Ohmygoodness all of you I’m so sorry love and prayers


  • María Isabel montiel

    14 November 2020 at 18:24 | #

    My deepest condolence to you


  • Ron & Melony Kim

    14 November 2020 at 18:18 | #

    Our prayers are with the family.


  • Susan Collins

    14 November 2020 at 15:02 | #

    Sylvia and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Virgil was so caring and giving. Always making sure everyone was taken care of. My heart breaks for you all but I know he's resting in the arms of our heavenly father. Much love and prayers for your comfort and peace.


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