Michael Drake Downey, 18


Michael Drake Downey, 18, of Highland, died on Friday, June 25, 2021, at his home.

Visitation will be on Saturday, July 3, from noon to 3 p.m., at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland. Funeral services will start at 3 p.m., on Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Leonard Pye officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Meridith Funeral Home in Highland is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mr. Downey was born on May 9, 2003, to Aron Downey and Jennifer Harvey, in Maryville. He had attended Highland High School. Mr. Downey ran a meme page called “meme.boy.michael” with around 50,000 followers.  He loved listening to music; his favorites being Mac Miller and Juice WRLD. Mr. Downey had many interests, from collecting clothes and name brand shoes to exploring abandoned buildings.

The Fourth of July was Michael’s favorite holiday.  He loved his chameleon, eating soy sauce and rice, spending time with his friends and going to the Graffiti wall and the Arch in St. Louis.  He loved spending time outside, hiking and camping. Mr. Downey enjoyed being a mama’s boy, fishing with his dad and talking about his family all the time. His friends were like his family, all very close.  An outgoing, caring, very down to earth person, who never said good-bye, but “Be Safe,” he wanted to see the world. He was a beautiful soul, that will be dearly missed.  

Mr. Downey is survived by his mother, Jennifer (Corey Weldon) Harvey; father, Aron Downey; grandparents, Ed and Sylvia Harvey, Donna Harvey, and Cynthia and Roger Parker; great-grandmother, Wilma “Nanie” Downey; aunts and uncles, James (Jenny) Harvey, Josh (Deb) Harvey, Jake (Joyce) Harvey, Angela (Bobby) Flowers, Dino Cruz, Evan (Jennifer Frerker) Downey, Ian Lackey and Ana Skosky; great-aunts and great-uncles, Deb Downey, Lynn (Steve) Chambliss, Steve Downey and Terry (Nina) Downey; cousins, Violet, Hazel and Cedar Harvey, Evyana, Amelia and Eli Hood, and Brooklyn and Britnay Lackey; second cousins, Eric (Mindy) O’Donnell and Josh Chambliss; third cousin, Logan O’Donnell; and friends, Ryley Broniec, Gabe Wiedle, Bryce Dennison, Hunter Hall, Kennedy James Freimann, Peyton Lackey, Vinny Emmer, Isaac Cruthis and Austin Shaw.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Michael Downey; great-grandfather, Gene Downey; uncle, Brian Downey; and special “second” mom, Jodie Broniec.     

Memorials may be made to the family. Condolences may be left online at www.meridithfuneralhome.com.