GREENEVILLE — David “Buck” Townsend, 78, Vestal Court, Greeneville, died Thursday morning, January 5, 2012, at his home.
Mr. Townsend was a former Greene County Sheriff, having served for 8 years.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
He retired as Captain of the Greeneville Police Department, where he served for 26 years, 1959-1985. He also served as a U.S. Marshal.
He was a member of the Greeneville Moose Lodge #692, the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association, Tennessee Law Enforcement, Shriners 5681-Tennessee Higher Degree #691, Greeneville Eastern Star #223, American Legion #0064, VFW Post #1990, AARP Association, Knoxville Scottish Rite Bodies, Greene County Shrine Club and the Jericho Shrine Temple. He was a member of the Greeneville Masonic Lodge #3F&AM, where he held a 32nd degree.
He earned his B.A. degree from ETSU and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife: Doris Dupes Renner Townsend; daughter and son-in-law: Jeanne and Vincent Tweed, of Greeneville; grandson: Andrew Tweed, of Greeneville; stepdaughter: Mary C. Renner, of Greeneville; stepson and step daughter-in-law: Mike and Marlene Renner, of Fall Branch; step granddaughters: Skyla Renner, of Fall Branch, Tara Honeycutt and husband, Chad, of Victoria, Texas; step grandson: Dr. James Renner and wife, Dr. Kellie Renner, of Richmond, Virginia; two step great grandsons: Reilly and Dallas Honeycutt, of Victoria, Texas. Buck thought of his step children as his own children. God children: Rick and Charlene Chandley; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Mildred and Rhea Snapp, of Limestone; sister-in-law: Joyce Jones, of Greeneville; brother-in-law: Jackie Fannon, of Greeneville.
He was the son of the late Lillie Townsend Taylor and was preceded in death by his first wife, Patsy Fannon Townsend.
The funeral service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Kiser-Rose Hill Chapel with Rev. Nick Bailey, Rev. Tim Evans and Rev. Clarence Gammil officiating.
Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at GreeneLawn Memory Gardens. Pallbearers: Charles Kinser, Howard Thompson, Bill Bradley, Rhea Snapp, Ronnie Snapp, Glen Moore, Chris Clayman, Ralph Roderick. Honorary pallbearers: Joe Sams, Billy Greenway, Rick Chandley, Larry Blalock, Dr. John Hamilton, Dr. Tom Beckner, Allison Lynch, Dr. Mandeep Bukshi, Dr. Nathan Horner, John Freshour, Bobby Wells, Hugh Wells, Franklin Painter, John Huffine, special friends at Caris Healthcare, Janet Varney, Kathy Clark, Tiffany Holt, Beverly Odom, Darlene Downey, Karen Harrison, Greeneville Police Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Department
The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home.
The Greene County Honor guard and the Tennessee National Guard will conduct a military graveside service. Family and friends are requested to meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery for the committal service.
Online condolences may be sent to the Townsend family at www.kiserrosehillfuneralhome.com.
Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home, 125 Idletime Drive, Greeneville, TN 37743; (423) 638-3121