James “Ray” Townsend, 78, a longtime resident of Charleston, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday morning, June 9, 2014, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Sweetwater, on Sept. 27, 1935, a son of the late James Marshall and Edith Townsend.
He was a member of Council Baptist Church. He worked for many years in the local furniture manufacturing firms where he served as supervisor for Cookes Manufacturing and then later retiring from Jackson Manufacturing. Ray enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing but most of all loved spending time with his family and friends.
In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by a twin brother, Roy Townsend; another brother, Bobby Townsend; and a sister, Shirley Williams.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Pearl Lingerfelt Townsend; one daughter, Renea Arnett and husband, Jack; two sons: Johnny Townsend and wife, Cindy, and Dewayne Townsend and wife, Gina; his one and only grandson, James Townsend and wife, Suzanne; sister, Thelma Liner; two brothers: Blyan Townsend (Joyce) and Ronnie Townsend; and several nieces, nephews, numerous other extended family members, church family and a host of special friends.
A celebration of his life is planned for tonight, June 11, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Tabernacle, 3165 Buchanan Road in Cleveland, with the Rev. Keith Watson and the Rev. Jimmy Dunn officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church this afternoon from 2 p.m. until the 7 p.m. service time.
Interment will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Sunset Memorial Gardens with his family and friends serving as pallbearers. Larry Stevenson, Glenn McAlister and Phil Liner will serve as honorary pallbearers. The funeral procession will leave Bethel Baptist Tabernacle on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Ray and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Townsend family with his arrangements.