REV. CJ TOWNSEND
Funeral services for Rev. CJ Townsend, age 90, of Fayette, were held Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at 1 p.m., at Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Don Graham, Bro. Bill Sullivan, Bro. Rick Cargile, and Rev. Billy Carl Sullivan officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Rev. Townsend passed away Sunday, Feb. 23.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Townsend and mother, Nancy Belle Adams Townsend; sister, Esther Townsend McFarland Grice.
Rev. Townsend was born in Sykes, La. on Sept. 10, 1929. Rev. Townsend made his profession of faith in the spring of 1940. He became a licensed minister in August of 1946. Rev. Townsend graduated from Acadia Baptist Academy in 1947, attended East Texas Baptist College (now East Texas Baptist University) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952. It was also at ETBC that he met his wife of over sixty-seven years, Dorothy Marie Bellotte Townsend. Rev. Townsend attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in May of 1959. In May of 1980, Rev. Townsend received his Master of Education degree from Mississippi State University.
Rev. Townsend was first a servant of the Lord. He served as a bi-vocational pastor of churches in Ohio, Georgia, Mississippi and several churches in southern and northern Alabama. He also was an educator who taught math in several school systems. After retirement, Rev. Townsend continued to serve in interim positions with different churches and spoke as opportunities arose. His desire was to serve the Lord and point individuals to the Lord so long as possible and minister to people so long as possible.
Rev. Townsend is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Dorothy M. Bellotte of Fayette; daughters, Sharon R. Townsend of Pell City and Cecilia C. Benton (Curtis) of Fayette; sons, Harold E. Townsend (Nancy) of Jackson, and John M. Townsend; seven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Rev. Townsend’s grandsons, Keith Townsend, Scott Townsend, Jeremy Benton, Cody Benton, Chris Segraves, and Brandon Nichols.
A special thanks to Jerry Elliott, Jerry Trimm, Gary Trimm and W. C. Reese.
Norwood-Wyatt Chapel of Fayette directed
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