Virgil M. Downs, Sr.

February 15, 1953 - November 13, 2020

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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Restlawn Memorial Park

Restlawn Memorial Park
  • 2725 n. main vidor tx 77662

Mass of Christian Burial

Mass of Christian Burial
  • 1600 north main vidor tx 77662
  • 11/18/2020
  • 11:00 am

A Gathering of Family and Friends

A Gathering of Family and Friends
  • 2000 mcfaddin avenue beaumont tx 77701
  • 11/18/2020
  • 7:31 am

A Gathering of Mr. Downs' Family and Friends

A Gathering of Mr. Downs' Family and Friends
  • 2000 mcfaddin avenue beaumont tx 77701
  • 11/17/2020
  • 7:31 am

A Gathering of Mr. Downs' Family and Friends

A Gathering of Mr. Downs' Family and Friends
  • 2000 mcfaddin street beaumont tx 77701
  • 11/16/2020
  • 7:31 am

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Susan Collins

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.

Ron & Melony Kim

Our prayers are with the family.

María Isabel montiel

My deepest condolence to you


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

Delia Hancock

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.

Bill and Sandy Andrews

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!!

Marie Lopez

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

Diann Mallette

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.

Abby Iles

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

LeAnna Martinez

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.

Shawn Willey

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

Livvy & Felix Ramirez

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.

Darlene (Trahan) Porter

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.

Jimmy & Jo Reeves

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..

Joe gracia

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

Troy Lewis

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

Connie lacy

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.

Terrie Lewis

Stacy, 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.

Kathay Wilkerson

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..

Nancy Neathery Flores

I am saddened to learn of the loss of Mr. Virgil Downs, Sr.. He was such a kind and caring gentleman. My late husband, Judge G.R. “Lupe” Flores, respected Mr. Downs for all he did to help those in need. He always enjoyed visiting with Mr. Downs and helping him help others. I had the pleasant experience to be on the receiving end of Mr. Downs kindness this past Spring. He was a true blessing! My heartfelt condolences to Virgil’s wife and family. Prayers for you all as you begin life without this wonderful man.