Joseph Emory Downs, 60

Joseph Emory Downs, 60, of Selbyville, Del., passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at his home. He enjoyed camping, playing horseshoes and country music. He was quick to help if you needed a hand and he loved being with his family more than anything in the world.

Downs was preceded in death by his parents, Francis E. and Margaret E. Hamblin Downs; and a brother, Cecil Downs. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Beverly P. Downs; sons, Joseph Richardson of Salisbury, Md., Paul Downs and his wife, Lori, also of Salisbury, and Richard Downs and his wife, Jamie, of Laurel, Del.; daughters, Michelle Haldeman and her husband, Brian, of Seaford, Del., and Nicole Baker and her husband, B.J., of Georgetown, Del.; sisters, Savannah Serman and her husband, Dennis, of Selbyville, Cheryl Fisher and her husband, Kevin, of Millsboro, Del.; sister-in-law, Faye Downs, also of Selbyville; seven grandchildren, Brian, Danielle, Gena, Kyle, Kara and Chloe; two great-grandchildren, Shawn and Makala; and a host of extended family and friends.

Services were scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, with burial in Roxana Cemetery, Roxana, Del. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriot Way, Milford, DE 19963.