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EC Downing,Jr

June 17, 1957 July 19, 2019
EC Downing,Jr
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E.C. Downing Jr. (Pone Jim) was born in Reddick, Florida on June 17, 1957. He was the thirteenth child born to Clara Bell Downing and the first son to his father, E.C. Downing Sr. As a baby boy, his father gave him the nickname Pone Jim. He leaves behind a devoted and beautiful wife of 35 years, Rose (Smart) Downing and their only child together, “Daddy’s Girl” Sophia Marie Downing.
He was a stepfather to Earl Eugene Turner, who was “like a son” to him, since Earl was 10 years old.
E.C is survived by his brothers, Clifford W. Evans and Johnny L. Downing (Sandy) and sisters, Geraldine Andrews (Evans) Mary Salter (Michael) Patricia Diane Ivery, Rose M. Rivers (Sinclair) and Clara S. Downing Bain ( David)
He was preceded in death by his mother Clara Bell Downing and his father E.C. Downing Sr. Sister: Alma, Brothers: Foncia, Calvin Evans, Wesley Evans, Raymond Evans ( Shirley) Phillip Evans (Viva) Levi Gordon (Mabel) and Thomas Gordon (Minnie)
Mr. Downing also leaves behind a host of Nieces, Nephews and cousins here in Florida and in NC. Mr. Downing loved his family. They meant the world to him. He would call the various states to check on the wellbeing of his young nieces and nephews
During his teenage years EC earned his High School through the United States Job Corp. He was a soldier in The United States Army and was stationed in Korea. He received an honorable discharge.
During the early years of his adulthood, Mr. Downing struggled with addiction but in the early 1990s, he decided quit using drugs and turn his life around in order to be the man God meant for him to be in this life.
He decided to surrender to change, through his Higher Power, Jesus Christ. He relocated from Reddick, Florida to North Carolina, where he also embraced The 12 Step Program
EC loved most in this world were his daughter Sophia, his wife Rose, his entire family, his career, his job where he was a licensed therapist, (Strategic Interventions, Warrenton, NC,)education classes (both live and online) and spending time with friends. His smile would melt your heart. He gave that smile to family, friends and even strangers. E.C and his wife were both members of New Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Alvin Thompson, Sr.

EC was very proud of his education which included the following degrees:
Master’s level as well as Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist.
2007- Wake Technical - Raleigh, NC - Associates of Science degree
2011-NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY--- DURHAM, NC -Bachelors in Social Work
2013- Grand Canyon University- Masters Degree in Addiction Counseling
2015- EC was near the end of his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership
Emphasis in Behavioral Health-Present
He was Certified and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist with North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board; Memberships: National Association of Social Workers (NASW) & North Carolina Central University Social Work Society
He also loved his home, his two dogs that always greeted guest at the door.
EC was a living testimony for what a man could achieve through the years when standing strong in recovery. EC loved helping people. Everyone that knew him, would agree that helping those in need, including the downtrodden was what he did best.
He was a fighter in life from birth to the day of his homegoing. His life was a living example for many young men who he helped make the transitioning journey he himself made as a young man.
On July 19, 2019 Mr. E.C. Downing Jr. forever surrendered his fight and was called home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Downing, Jr., EC, 62,Ocala, Florida. Passed away July 19, 2019.


Life Celebration for Mr. Downing will be held on July 27, 2019, 11am at Benevolent Church of God, 15490 N US HWY 441, Reddick, Florida 32686. Reverend Sinclair Rivers, Jr. will be conducting the words of comfort. Visitation will be at Sellers Funeral Home on Friday from 12pm to 5pm. A wake service will be held at Sellers Funeral Home on Friday at 6pm. Family and friends are asked to meet at Mr. Johnny Downing, Sr.’s residence (15271 N. US HWY 441, Reddick, Florida) 10:15am on Saturday to form the funeral cortege. No viewing following the eulogy.



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Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

26

Jul

12:00 PM 7/26/2019 12:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 7/26/2019 5:00:00 PM
Sellers Funeral Home, Inc.

440 SW Broadway Street
Ocala, FL 34475

Sellers Funeral Home, Inc.
440 SW Broadway Street Ocala 34475 FL
United States

Wake Service

Friday

26

Jul

6:00 PM 7/26/2019 6:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/26/2019 7:00:00 PM
Sellers Funeral Home, Inc.

440 SW Broadway Street
Ocala, FL 34475

Sellers Funeral Home, Inc.
440 SW Broadway Street Ocala 34475 FL
United States

Service

Saturday

27

Jul

11:00 AM 7/27/2019 11:00:00 AM
Benevolent Church of God

15490 N. US 441
Reddick, FL 32686

Benevolent Church of God
15490 N. US 441 Reddick 32686 FL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

United Missionary Baptist Cemetery Final Resting Place

Reddick, FL 32686

Reddick 32686 FL
United States
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