Obituary for Mildred Frances Kerr (Downs)
Private graveside services for Mildred King Kerr will be at 11:00 am. Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at St. Paul Cemetery near Ozan, Arkansas. The family will receive friends at Nashville Funeral Home on Monday night from 6 to 8 pm. She died Sunday, January 30 2011 in Nashville.
Mrs. Kerr was born February 24, 1918, in Vilonia, Arkansas, the daughter of Dr. J.H. and Ida Reynolds Downs. She attended Vilonia schools and was a 1939 graduate of Hendrix College in Conway. Prior to her marriage to H. Earl King in 1943, she was a teacher in the Rison and Augusta schools and a director of the Faulkner County Welfare Department, in Conway. In 1947, the couple moved to Nashville where they operated for many years the King Truck and Tractor Company, an International Harvester dealership. His death occurred in 1985.
Her marriage to George G. Kerr, a minister of the Little Rock Conference of the United Methodist Church, he preceded her in death in 1988.
Mrs. Kerr was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Nashville. She has held memberships in various community organizations including the Howard memorial Hospital Auxiliary of which she became a member in 1971.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Hugh King, in 1952; three brothers, Dennis Downs, Paul Downs, and Dr. Seth Downs.
Survivors include; a son, Dr. Joe King and wife Deborah of Nashville; a daughter, Martha Citty of Arkadelphia; grandchildren, Chantel King Allbritton of Little Rock, Pace King and wife Jodi of Nashville, Jo Downs King of Nashville, Michael Citty of Arkadelphia, and Anna Citty Ray and husband James of Sparkman. Five great grandchildren; Kash King, Kali King, Forest Allbritton, Katie Jo Allbritton and Julie Ann Ray. A sister-in-law, Rozelle Downs of Hardy; two nephews and two nieces.
Other survivors are a step-son, George E. Kerr and wife Jody, and two step-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Nashville or to the Howard Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Bro. Paul Coy will officiate; arrangements are under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.