James “Ray” Townsend, 78, a longtime resident of Charleston, went to be with his Heavenly Father 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 Cooke Manufacturing and then later retired from Jackson Manufacturing. He enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing but most of all loved spending time with his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was 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; daughter, Renea Arnett and husband, Jack; 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; brothers: Blyan Townsend (Joyce) and Ronnie Townsend; several nieces, nephews and numerous other extended family members; and church family and a host of special friends.
A celebration of his life is planned for Wednesday night, June 11, 2014, at 7 at Bethel Baptist Tabernacle, 3165 Buchanan Road, with the Revs. Keith Watson and Jimmy Dunn officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 2 until the 7 p.m. service time.
The interment will take place on Thursday 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 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 guest book at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Townsend family with his arrangements.