Robert Downer Southard, 87, of Corpus Christi passed away on March 21, 2011.

He was born in Greensboro, Ala., on June 4, 1923 to Benton Montgomery Southard Sr. and Minnie Downer Southard.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. After the war, he returned to Southard Lumber Co. in Ponce De Leon, Fla. He moved to Texas in 1956 and started R.D. Southard Cotton Gin, which he owned for 17 years. After that he owned his own remodeling contractor business until his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Benton Montgomery Southard.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Lou Southard of Corpus Christi; three sons, George Robert "Bobby" (Virginia) Southard of Robstown, Dallas Franklin (Judy) Southard of Corpus Christi, and Jack Montgomery (Maria) Southard of Corpus Christi; granddaughters, Patty Jo (Andrew) James of Houston, and Cynthia Vargas of College Station; great-grand sons, Taylor George James of Houston, and Dylan Robert James of Houston.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday March 23, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Sawyer-George Funeral Home, with Brother Bill Simmons officiating.

Interment followed in Robstown Memorial Park.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home