Johnson City Press Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Published December 13th, 2013 10:44 pm

Lois Ellen Townsend, 93, Elizabethton, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at her residence.
Mrs. Townsend was a Carter County native and was born on September 25, 1920, to the late Ira and Lola Lewis Grindstaff. She was a former employee of Ivy Hall Nursing Home and a homemaker for many years.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Townsend was a member of Keenburg Free Will Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. John Townsend, a daughter: Donna Pentecost; two sons: Ron Townsend and Rev. Johnny Townsend; Two Great Grandsons: Travis Tolley and Andrew Thompson; and a sister: Alma Lyons.
Survivors include Three Daughters: Phyllis Tolley, Nina Thompson and Florence Andes, One Son-In-Law: Paul Thompson, and Two Daughters-In-Law: Charlotte Townsend and Jackie Townsend, all of Elizabethton. Mrs. Townsend was blessed with 15 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren and 9 Great Great Grandchildren, whom were all very special to her. Several nieces & nephews also survive.
The Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Townsend will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 14, 2013, in Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jonathan Townsend officiating.
Graveside Service and Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2013, in Happy Valley Memorial Park with the Rev. Gene Fleenor officiating. Music will be provided by Rev. Jason Thompson.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home prior to the service. Friends may also call at the residence of a daughter & son-in-law: Nina & Paul Thompson, 117 Williams Avenue, Elizabethton.
Active Pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, will be: Jamey Townsend Kenneth Thompson, Dillon Andes, Joshua Pentecost, Brandon Bailey, Chip Bailey, Noah “Fuzz” Ensor, Doyce Sheffield and Dustin Tolley. Honorary Pallbearers will be: Kevin Tolley, Steve Andes, James Williams, Phillip Williams, Tim Townsend, Chad Tolley, Mark Weddle, Jackie Williams, Adam Williams, and Great Great Grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the Staff of Amedisys Hospice Care with a special thanks to Jemaah and Sarah.
Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 2:50 p.m. Sunday to go to the cemetery.
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Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.