William Townsend, 61, Dexter, was called home by the Lord on Oct. 31, 2003. He was born on Feb. 3, 1942, to the late James and Myrtle Townsend of Fisk. He was united in marriage to Barbara Holyfield on July 1, 1967.
Mr. Townsend had been a long time resident of Dexter and a member of the Dudley Community Church.
Devoted husband and loving father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife, Barbara, two daughters and four grandchildren: Carla and Garett Pixley, with their children, Nolan and Amanda; Melissa and Brad Hahn, with their children Julia and Eric, all of Dexter.
Other survivors include three sisters, Emma Lou Hobbs of Dudley, Shirley Bender of Puxico and Joann Horn of Farmington; and five brothers, Larry Townsend of Pacific, Carl Townsend of Malden, Jerry Townsend of Dudley, Bob Townsend of St. Louis and Louie Townsend of Piedmont. Many other close friends and family also survive.
He was receded in death by his parents and by one brother, Jack Townsend of Poplar Bluff.
Services will be conducted by Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield, arrangements are still pending.