Born Mary Ann Murphy on January 27, 1950, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mary Ann is the daughter of Leamon Murphy, Sr. and the late Lucille Hobbs Murphy of Sheffield, Alabama. Mary Ann graduated from Sheffield High School in 1969. Mary Ann worked in Home Health for the Colbert County Health Department for 20 years before retiring in 2009. Mary Ann was a member of Bible Way Christian Missionary Baptist Church of Florence, Alabama, under the leadership of the Reverend Parvin Neloms, Sr. Mary Ann had a kind and generous personality; she had a heart of gold and would give you a place to live if you were homeless or food to eat if you were hungry. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband William “Billy” James Downton, Sr.; grandson, LeTedrick Carnail Sullivan; and granddaughter, Tyliyah Renea Sullivan. Those left to cherish Mary Ann memories are her four daughters Kimberly (Gregory) Hollis of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Sonyia (Michael Hudson) Pritchard, Tonyia (Kelvin) Whiteside, all of Sheffield, Alabama, Shalonda (Thyrow) Horrison of Tuscumbia, Alabama; six grandchildren, Christopher Davis, LeDevin Davis, DeMarco Sullivan, Kendra Pritchard, Kevon Pritchard, and Tamyia Davis, all of Sheffield, Alabama; two great -grandchildren, Brooklynn Davis of Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Kayden Johnson of Tuscumbia, Alabama; one sister, Carrie Jean Murphy and one brother Leamon Murphy, Jr., all of Sheffield, Alabama; four brother -in -law’s, Timothy Wright, Burt Wright, all of Canton, Mississippi; Bobby Downton, Keith Wright, and Larry Wright, all of Lima, Ohio; one sister -in -law, Leslie “JoAnn” Bevis of Atlanta, Georgia; five aunts, Gloria (Herbert) Brown of Pritchard, Alabama, Marie Nelson of Russellville, Alabama, Bridget (Daniel) Flores of Aubrey, Texas, Charity Murphy and Edna Catherine Murphy, all of Pollocksvilles, North Carolina; two uncles, William Hobbs of Norcross, Georgia and Vincent Franks of Pollocksvilles, North Carolina; a special niece Jamitra (Michael) Hammond of Madison, Alabama; three special friends, Elaine Thompson and Rita Evans, all of Sheffield, Alabama, Carol Armstead of Tuscumbia, Alabama; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
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