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TOWNSEND, Charles Walker: Died 1980


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Date: 6/14/2021 at 19:29:07

Charles W. Townsend

Charles Walker Townsend, 69, of Greensburg, died at 2:15 a.m. Friday, February 1, 1980, in Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, Scottsdale, Arizona. He had received a head injury, never regaining consciousness, when struck by an auto at a street crossing in Prescott, Arizona, at 9:a5 Thursday morning. He was on his usual morning walk, walking with the light when the accident occurred. He was transferred from the Prescott hospital and well on the way to Scottsdale before the family could be located due to no Prescott identification.

Born July 13, 1910, near Troy, Iowa, he was the son of Olen and Mary Belle (Work) Townsend.

On April 22, 1934, in Cantril, Iowa, he was married to Helen Beatrice Barrow, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Paul Dean Townsend, Keokuk, Iowa, Willis Merle Townsend, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Carl Ray Townsend, Baring, Missouri; three daughters-in-law; ten grandchildren; two sister, Charity Kelso, St. Petersburg, Florida, Florence Townsend, Chicago, Illinois; nieces and nephews.

Mr. Townsend lived in Iowa until 1951, when the family moved southwest of Memphis, where he was engaged in farming. In 1954, they moved to Greensburg, where he operated a general store for 15 years, then resumed farming. He was a member of the Memphis Methodist Church but attended Greensburg Baptist Church.

He was an active member of Greensburg Lodge No. 414 A.F. and A.M.; Greensburg Chapter 258 Order of Eastern Star and Kirksville White Shrine No. 4; Blue Lodge, and Kirksville Council No. 44.

Masonic rites were held February 3 at 7:30 in Hudson-Rimer Chapel. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Carl Martin of Kahoka, pastor of Greensburg Baptist Church, at 2 p.m., February 4, 1980, in the chapel. Burial was in Greensburg Cemetery.
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Those attending the Charles Townsend funeral services from a distance included: Mrs. Carl Craig of Elk Grove, Calif.; Florence Townsend, Chicago, Ill.; Maj. and Mrs. Merle Townsend, Fayetteville, N.C.; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Townsend and Trudi, Illa McRobert of Keokuk;

Greg Townsend, Kirksville; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Kerr, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coffin, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Coleman and Angge, of Farmington.

Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Craig and Joy, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barrow of Keosauqua; Mr. and Mrs. Foster Brewer, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Beggs, and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Stanford, of Milton.

Mrs. Grethela Oaks and Larry, Mrs. Alice White and Mr. and Mrs. Fern Chaplin of Bloomfield; Mrs. Ferol Wellborn and Max and Mrs. Jessie Kirkhart, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jamison of Cantril;

Zora Brewer of Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Kammeyer of Mansfield, Ill., and many friends from Kirksville, Memphis, and surrounding area.

Source: "The Hazel Stanford Obituary Collection", Pg. 184, Keosauqua Public Library, Keosauqua, IA


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