Dr. John W. Townsend, Jr.

Passed 02/25/2021

Obituary For Dr. John W. Townsend, Jr.

Dr. John W. Townsend, Jr. , age 77, of Athens, GA passed February 25, 2021.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the graveside of East Lawn Memorial Cemetery, 825 Winterville Road, Athens, GA.
Public viewing, Friday 2-6 PM, at the funeral home.

Survivors include: his children, Sjacquita Johnson, Jared (Nancy) Strickland, Ben Ellis, Sherry Howard, John Westly Townsend, Stephanie Hood and Autumn Ellis; siblings, Corine Young, Mary Lockhart, Rose Townsend, Leroy Townsend, Andrea Perry and John W. Townsend; brother in law, Orville Purchase.

Arrangements by Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home. www.jacksonmcwhorterfuneralhome.com

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THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING SIR, I WILL CARRY THE MEMORIES OF YOU AND ALL OF THE TIME I SPENT BEING EDUCATED BY YOUR EXCELLENCE WITH ME FOR THE REST OF MY LIFETIME LEARNING. R·I·P DR.JOHN TOWNSEND DR. T BROTHEERRR!! BIG•D ❤️
One statement. One statement to a young boy that changed SO much in his life. "Learn something new every day before you go to bed." I was a 5th-grader at Winterfield Elementary School in Columbus, GA. I had the pleasure of introducing Dr. Townsend to my school at an assembly. Those are the words he spoke to me after the program ended. With him being the first black man to accomplish academically what he did at Columbus College and my love of academics, I took those words to heart. All these years later, I still adhere to his direction and wholeheartedly believe I would not be the successful computer systems engineer I have become without Dr. Townsend's direction. He is the earliest academic influence in my life that was not from my home. By proxy he is also responsible for everyone I have been able to help in my life. He cast a stone of motivation in my life that still ripples on. I now have the pleasure of living two houses down from his Son and without question, he is survived by a good man. May he rest in peace. Joshua Bell
- Joshua Dwayne Bell
A GENTLE GIANT AND A TRUE MAN OF GOD. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN THE FAMILY. RIP JOHN THE ELIZABETH CANTY CHILDHOOD FRIENDS,COLUMBUS,GEORGIA
I will miss you so much granddad, the talks the laughs & jokes we shared together will always be with me forever RIP GRANDPA I LOVE YOU FROM RUSSELL
- Russell
Thanks for making our hearts get excited we knew you were coming down for a visit. We love you Uncle John!
Love you Uncle John. Nephew Ronald Sykes
Dr Townsend was my middle school teacher, my father, my friend. I love you and I miss you. Your spirit and mama's spirit are together with God! I look forward to a resurrection.... RIP!
- Sherry Howard
I worked with John producing his book, Extraordinary Courage, and greatly admired his courage and devotion to making this world a better place. Allyn Jenkins
- Allyn Jenkins
A wonderful and loving childhood friend to everyone in the neighborhood. RIP JOHN
- Jhall
Sending our prayers to Jared Strickland and family during this difficult time of the passing of his father. Sending our condolences from the Ryder Management Team.
I met Dr. Townsend about 40 years ago when i was in graduate school at UGA! He was in the PhD program! He was a very intelligent man! I pray that the family will be comforted by God's grace and mercy as John transitions from his earthly home! Connie White
Deacon Townsend you have always been a soldier..you stood firm and your vocals known...I have spent half my life with you and your family. You will truly be missed taking pictures at church function, your jokes and your past memorance of History. Sincerely Angel 😇
Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
- Jackson-McWhorter Funeral Home | Athens, GA

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