Downs Ladell Sr., age 87, of Port Arthur, Texas, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Denton, Texas. He was born May 8, 1930, in Lecompte, Louisiana, to Jack Ladell and Etta Mae (Hayward) Ladell. Downs was married to Annie Pearl (Hill) Ladell until her death in 1971. He worked as a merchant marine for over 30 years and retired from Sabine Towing & Company in 1996.
Downs is survived by his children, Leonetta Clark and her husband, David, of Houston, Texas, Downs Ladell Jr. of Little Elm, Texas, and Crystal Rawls and her husband, Michael, of Beaumont, Texas; his grandchildren, Graland Hill, Cody Goudeaux (Olanna), Courtney Davenport, Terry Parrish, Nadjla Payne, Eric Payne Jr., Laramie Payne, Amiah Bruno, Cameron Broxton, Anaria Broxton, Aniria Broxton, Downs B. Ladell; his great-granchildren, Cody Goudeaux Jr., Asia Stewart, Dreiah Martin, Marley Parrish, Kobe Parrish and David A. Harris, Jr. and; his sisters, Lorena Cannon of Hamburg, Louisiana, and Maud Vincent of Alexandria, Louisiana; very special and devoted daughter-in-law, Eva Ladell; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Ladell Sr. was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Annie Pearl Ladell, his daughters, Melody Kay Davenport and Lacquana Juanice Payne, and his sisters, Sarah Watson and Sadie Thornton.
The memorial service for Mr. Ladell Sr. will be at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., with the Reverend Chauncey Hardy officiating. A remembrance gathering will be held afterward from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.