Former Governor's Aide Dies

Ernie Murphy Downing Sr. died Wednesday (Oct. 9) at the age of 82. Originally from Obion County, he graduated in 1968 from Memphis State University School of Law, where he was a member of the Sigma Delta Kappa National Legal Aid and Defender Association. In 1978, Downing was appointed as a Colonel Aide de Camp to the Tennessee governor's staff. Funeral services will be Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Johnson-Williams Funeral Home in Newbern. The Commercial Appeal has more on Downing's life.