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  1. To Dr Bill and family: Our deepest condolences to your family. we got to know your dad when he worked at the post office with Doll. As a family, we all were patients at your dental office. I even had the pleasure of being at your first and second childrens delivery when I worked at OBH. I know your dad was very proud of your accomplishments in school, sports and professions. May you be blessed to know you shared many good times and memories with him. RIP Mr Bill. You have well earned your place in heaven

  2. Tina and family, my sympathy goes out yesterday lost one less Angel to walk this earth, but we can take all take comfort in knowing he know he is free of this earth pain and difficulty with Parkinson he and Tina were very helpful when i was diagnosed with Parkinson. Tina your sorrow is heavy
    will miss him and pray for you and the family VAYA CON DIOS MI AMIGO

  3. Our sincere condolences to the Downing family. May it help in some way to know that friends are sharing the sorrow in your heart. Our special friend Bill will be dearly missed by us as well as all those people he touched in his life. Tina just remember we are here if you need anything. Love and prayers

  4. Such a kind man. Remembered you, always greeted you with genuine warmth whether at the PO, the store, around town, or at Grace. Sincere condolences to you, Tina, and to all his family and friends. Keeping you in my prayers.

  5. Tina and family. We are so sorry to hear about the news of Bill’s passing. He was always so kind and friendly. We will miss watching him go by our house as he walked to the beach. I had to run to catch up to him just to say hello. Good memories spending 4th of July watching all the fireworks with he and Tina. Hugs and prayers during this difficult time.

  6. Tina, you and your family are in our prayers. If there is anything that we can do, please do not hesitate to call.

  7. Tina and family, our sincere sympathy goes out to your family during this very difficult time. We all loved Mr. Bill and he will be truly missed by all. We know he is out of pain, and in a better place with God! We are here for you Tina- Love from Interfaith Community Outreach “ICO” Family.

  8. To Tina and the family: we are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a good man and touched many lives as a friend, Postmaster, father, Grandfather and family sports fan. We will miss him.
    Jon & Dotti Summerton

  9. Tina and family:
    My sincerest condolences on the loss of Bill.
    All of us in the Class have many fond memories.
    Tony

  10. Bill, (Mr. Downing) as I called him, was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I don’t think I ever saw him that I didn’t see that great smile. Thoughts and prayers for the entire family.
    Big Harvey

  11. Our sincere condolences to Tina and the entire family. May the Peace of our Lord be with you and comfort you and may your memories of Bill fill your days with joy!

  12. Tina and the Downing Family,
    Bill will always be remembered for his sweet spirit and his amazing optimism, he was an inspiration to so many and will be dearly missed in our neighborhood community. Rest In Peace Bill

  13. Tina to you and your family, as Stump “Heads West” he is free at last from Parkinson, is smiling that 100,000 watt smile and has just cracked a joke that he is truly enjoying!

    We in the 16th Company, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1968 were blessed to know him for 4 years and then blessed again for 54 more years.

    The USA was made a much better place by his service in the Navy during Vietnam and then his service later to the citizens of the OuterBanks.

    We miss you Shipmate, and hope to one day join you. First round is on me. RIP

  14. Aunt Tina, Mary, Liz, Bill, and families, we are so sad at the loss of Uncle Bill. He was such a fun and caring man. He made us all laugh and always made us feel so welcome in your home. I know he is with my Mom, Doris, Brooke & Eddie, probably eating corn-on-the-cob! Hugs to everyone.

  15. We are sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He and Tina warmly welcomed two random kids from
    Kansas into their home the first time we went to Nags Head with Bill & Janell. This still stands of one of our favorite NC beach memories…spending the day at the beach learning to body surf with Bill Sr. He was such a warm and generous person. We are thinking of you all. Love, Joe & Lindsey Heidrick

  16. We love you all and wish we were there to belly laugh over all of the wonderful memories Bill gave us. Thank you so much for always making us feel like family!

  17. At some point over the last decade Bill came to realize I was the sole parent on the sidelines of my kids sporting events. He always made a point to say “hello”. I often looked for him, a familiar smiling face. We connected on military service and my kids being similar ages of his grandkids. Later on I was graced to spend time with him while cutting his hair. He always talked proud of his grandkids and their events. His vibrancy radiated. I’m going to miss his cheerful “hello” and long goodbyes. My condolences to you all.

  18. Tina and family,
    Bill was a great shipmate and friend and I remember our four years at the Academy. He was always cheerful even during exams. He was the bright light in the 16th company. Thanks for his service to our nation both in and out of uniform. We shall all miss him and his kind spirit. My condolences to you and your family. Bill – rest in peace.
    Guy Eastman, shipmate

  19. Tina, I am so sorry for the loss of Bill … for you and your family, my heart goes out to you all. Please know that you also have an extended family here at ICO — we love you and are here for you any time night or day. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. Dearest Tina, Dr. Bill and family, I was so sad to hear of Bill’s passing. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very
    difficult time.

  21. To Tina and family, we are saddened to hear of Bill’s passing and will miss seeing him on his walks to the beach, he always loved to play with our pups and we enjoyed his company

  22. Dear Tina & family:
    I am so sad to learn of Billy’s passing.
    I remember him from our elementary school days in Bristol, Pa.
    And thinking way back, I remember following him closely up the ladder for the sliding board in the far corner that was our playground area when we were little kids.
    Isn’t is something how a small thought comes back in your memory from when you were children.
    Your hubby was a good guy.
    Take care Tina.
    God bless you & yours.
    Rest in Peace, Billy.
    Love, Jo-Anne & family

  23. Dear Tina and Family-

    I was so sad to hear today that Bill passed on. He was always so kind and welcoming to us and our kids. It was truly a pleasure to know him the last decade. I honestly looked forward to seeing him every time we made it down to Poteskeet Loop–it just won’t be the same without him. My thoughts, prayers and condolences to you all.

  24. Downing Family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Downing. Always ready with a joke and a big smile, it was apparent how much he loved his family, and also his country and community that he spent so many years serving. This is a great loss. My fond memories of Mr. Downing and his cheerful influence on us will remain.

  25. With a heavy heart I wish to give my condolences to the loss of my brother Bill. He was a great family man and he may not have known this but I always looked up to him I loved him. I only wish that l was half
    the brother he was . He always remembered me and my family. He is forever in my heart and memory and will be sorely missed.

  26. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. 🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️

  27. What a privilege to attend Bill’s service today! Who could hold back tears as the choir sang “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” and the Navy Honor Guard presented the colors?
    Among the many things Jesus said, John 10:10 comes to mind regarding Bill: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” In God’s wisdom, the promised abundant life will include trials and pain. God is making His followers more and more like Jesus as they journey to heaven.
    May Bill’s abundant life of faith, hope, and joy and his Christ-likeness be an abiding legacy for those he loved.

  28. probably the best boss i had with the postal service what a sweet man and i loved working for him condolences to his family and may he rest in peace

  29. What a blessing and privilege to have known Bill and been able to worship with him. He can now have all his questions answered. His funeral was a glorious tribute. Prayers of comfort for the Downing family and friends.

  30. I was saddened to hear that Bill had died. He was a very decent and kind man. My special love to his daughter, Elizabeth and her family.

  31. I was sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Bill; he was such a nice man and I always enjoyed my interactions with him at the Post Office. My condolences to his family. May he RIP.

  32. It was always a pleasure to see such a gentleman, wherever it happened to be. His quick smile and kind words always brightened the day for me and for so many others.

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William Milnor Downing, Sr.

February 18, 2022

William “Bill” Milnor Downing, Sr. went home to Jesus on February 18, 2022 at age 75.  Bill was born to Doris Trommer and William Downing on October 11, 1946 in Bristol, PA. As a child, Bill loved sports, friends and school, at which he excelled.

After high school, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1968 and served as an officer upon graduation until 1974.

Bill met his wife, Christine “Tina” Grow in 1961 at Bristol High School. They married in 1968 and went on to have three children, Mary Downing, Elizabeth Gray (Scott) and Bill Downing, Jr (Janell).

He is also survived by his six grandchildren: Jacob, William, Nora, Joshua, Foster and Harrison, whom he adored, along with his sisters: Judy Rossman and Susan Downing, and brothers: Thomas Downing and James Trommer.

He joins his mother, Doris Trommer, father, William Downing and sister, Nancy Ennis in heaven.

Bill loved the Lord, his family, the beach and life. He was known for his gentle, cheerful, brave and generous personality throughout his life, even during his battle with Parkinson’s. He enhanced the lives of all around him with his joyful spirit.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 10 A.M., at Grace Lutheran Church in Nags Head, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations can made to Interfaith Community Outreach at PO Box 1663, Kill Devil Hills, NC. 27948.

Expressions of sympathy and comfort may be shared with the family via the online register at gallopfuneralservices.com.  Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences

Jane Gray

To Dr Bill and family: Our deepest condolences to your family. we got to know your dad when he worked at the post office with Doll. As a family, we all were patients at your dental office. I even had the pleasure of being at your first and second childrens delivery when I worked at OBH. I know your dad was very proud of your accomplishments in school, sports and professions. May you be blessed to know you shared many good times and memories with him. RIP Mr Bill. You have well earned your place in heaven

Polly And Pete Miller

Tina and family, my sympathy goes out yesterday lost one less Angel to walk this earth, but we can take all take comfort in knowing he know he is free of this earth pain and difficulty with Parkinson he and Tina were very helpful when i was diagnosed with Parkinson. Tina your sorrow is heavy will miss him and pray for you and the family VAYA CON DIOS MI AMIGO

Fred and Shirley

Our sincere condolences to the Downing family. May it help in some way to know that friends are sharing the sorrow in your heart. Our special friend Bill will be dearly missed by us as well as all those people he touched in his life. Tina just remember we are here if you need anything. Love and prayers

Kathy Heinrich

Such a kind man. Remembered you, always greeted you with genuine warmth whether at the PO, the store, around town, or at Grace. Sincere condolences to you, Tina, and to all his family and friends. Keeping you in my prayers.

Joanne & Jim McGrew

Tina and family. We are so sorry to hear about the news of Bill's passing. He was always so kind and friendly. We will miss watching him go by our house as he walked to the beach. I had to run to catch up to him just to say hello. Good memories spending 4th of July watching all the fireworks with he and Tina. Hugs and prayers during this difficult time.

Joel and Glenda Sproat

Tina, you and your family are in our prayers. If there is anything that we can do, please do not hesitate to call.

Jenniffer J Albanese

Tina and family, our sincere sympathy goes out to your family during this very difficult time. We all loved Mr. Bill and he will be truly missed by all. We know he is out of pain, and in a better place with God! We are here for you Tina- Love from Interfaith Community Outreach "ICO" Family.

Jon & Dotti Summerton

To Tina and the family: we are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He was a good man and touched many lives as a friend, Postmaster, father, Grandfather and family sports fan. We will miss him. Jon & Dotti Summerton

tony d'angelo

Tina and family: My sincerest condolences on the loss of Bill. All of us in the Class have many fond memories. Tony

Harvey Hess

Bill, (Mr. Downing) as I called him, was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I don't think I ever saw him that I didn't see that great smile. Thoughts and prayers for the entire family. Big Harvey

Tim and Candy Engel

Our sincere condolences to Tina and the entire family. May the Peace of our Lord be with you and comfort you and may your memories of Bill fill your days with joy!

Kathleen-William Ryan

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Bill. He will be missed. Kathleen and Bill Ryan

Debbie and Dennis Wrye

Tina and the Downing Family, Bill will always be remembered for his sweet spirit and his amazing optimism, he was an inspiration to so many and will be dearly missed in our neighborhood community. Rest In Peace Bill

Walton and Carol Hogan

Tina to you and your family, as Stump "Heads West" he is free at last from Parkinson, is smiling that 100,000 watt smile and has just cracked a joke that he is truly enjoying! We in the 16th Company, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1968 were blessed to know him for 4 years and then blessed again for 54 more years. The USA was made a much better place by his service in the Navy during Vietnam and then his service later to the citizens of the OuterBanks. We miss you Shipmate, and hope to one day join you. First round is on me. RIP

Ginger & Darren

Aunt Tina, Mary, Liz, Bill, and families, we are so sad at the loss of Uncle Bill. He was such a fun and caring man. He made us all laugh and always made us feel so welcome in your home. I know he is with my Mom, Doris, Brooke & Eddie, probably eating corn-on-the-cob! Hugs to everyone.

Joe & Lindsey Heidrick

We are sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He and Tina warmly welcomed two random kids from Kansas into their home the first time we went to Nags Head with Bill & Janell. This still stands of one of our favorite NC beach memories…spending the day at the beach learning to body surf with Bill Sr. He was such a warm and generous person. We are thinking of you all. Love, Joe & Lindsey Heidrick

The Botson Family

We love you all and wish we were there to belly laugh over all of the wonderful memories Bill gave us. Thank you so much for always making us feel like family!

Melissa

At some point over the last decade Bill came to realize I was the sole parent on the sidelines of my kids sporting events. He always made a point to say “hello”. I often looked for him, a familiar smiling face. We connected on military service and my kids being similar ages of his grandkids. Later on I was graced to spend time with him while cutting his hair. He always talked proud of his grandkids and their events. His vibrancy radiated. I’m going to miss his cheerful “hello” and long goodbyes. My condolences to you all.

Guy A Eastman

Tina and family, Bill was a great shipmate and friend and I remember our four years at the Academy. He was always cheerful even during exams. He was the bright light in the 16th company. Thanks for his service to our nation both in and out of uniform. We shall all miss him and his kind spirit. My condolences to you and your family. Bill - rest in peace. Guy Eastman, shipmate

Jean Feeman

Tina, I am so sorry for the loss of Bill ... for you and your family, my heart goes out to you all. Please know that you also have an extended family here at ICO -- we love you and are here for you any time night or day. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill cogger

He was a sweet guy. Everybody loved him. Everybody

Courtney J Quillin

Dearest Tina, Dr. Bill and family, I was so sad to hear of Bill's passing. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Jeff and Kathy Sawyer

To Tina and family, we are saddened to hear of Bill's passing and will miss seeing him on his walks to the beach, he always loved to play with our pups and we enjoyed his company

Jo-Anne (Kohlhaas) Wilson

Dear Tina & family: I am so sad to learn of Billy's passing. I remember him from our elementary school days in Bristol, Pa. And thinking way back, I remember following him closely up the ladder for the sliding board in the far corner that was our playground area when we were little kids. Isn't is something how a small thought comes back in your memory from when you were children. Your hubby was a good guy. Take care Tina. God bless you & yours. Rest in Peace, Billy. Love, Jo-Anne & family

Amy Pikus

Dear Tina and Family- I was so sad to hear today that Bill passed on. He was always so kind and welcoming to us and our kids. It was truly a pleasure to know him the last decade. I honestly looked forward to seeing him every time we made it down to Poteskeet Loop--it just won't be the same without him. My thoughts, prayers and condolences to you all.

Thad

Downing Family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Downing. Always ready with a joke and a big smile, it was apparent how much he loved his family, and also his country and community that he spent so many years serving. This is a great loss. My fond memories of Mr. Downing and his cheerful influence on us will remain.

Jim Trommer

With a heavy heart I wish to give my condolences to the loss of my brother Bill. He was a great family man and he may not have known this but I always looked up to him I loved him. I only wish that l was half the brother he was . He always remembered me and my family. He is forever in my heart and memory and will be sorely missed.

Paul and Terry

Our condolences to Tina and the family. He was such a sweet and special man.We will miss you Bill.

Brian & Rosie Wise

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. 🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️

Dave and Susan Dutt

What a privilege to attend Bill’s service today! Who could hold back tears as the choir sang “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” and the Navy Honor Guard presented the colors? Among the many things Jesus said, John 10:10 comes to mind regarding Bill: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” In God’s wisdom, the promised abundant life will include trials and pain. God is making His followers more and more like Jesus as they journey to heaven. May Bill’s abundant life of faith, hope, and joy and his Christ-likeness be an abiding legacy for those he loved.

charlotte romano

probably the best boss i had with the postal service what a sweet man and i loved working for him condolences to his family and may he rest in peace

Paul and Diane Strehan

What a blessing and privilege to have known Bill and been able to worship with him. He can now have all his questions answered. His funeral was a glorious tribute. Prayers of comfort for the Downing family and friends.

Donna Hollowell

Bill and Janel and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking about you and sending prayers.

Dale Weik

What a shock. I spoke with Bill a few days ago after not seeing him since 1964. Cousin Bill will be missed.

Nicole Northrup

I was saddened to hear that Bill had died. He was a very decent and kind man. My special love to his daughter, Elizabeth and her family.

Lily Campos Nieberding

I was sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Bill; he was such a nice man and I always enjoyed my interactions with him at the Post Office. My condolences to his family. May he RIP.

Jane Allen

It was always a pleasure to see such a gentleman, wherever it happened to be. His quick smile and kind words always brightened the day for me and for so many others.