Judge Billy W. Townsend

Judge Billy W. Townsend

Former Judge Billy W. Townsend, 78, passed away suddenly at his home Wednesday, July 14, 2021. He was born Jan. 28, 1943 in Decatur County, son of the late Wayne and Virginia Townsend.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 16, 2021 from 4-8 p.m. at McDonald Funeral in Hohenwald, Tenn. Services will be held Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of McDonald Funeral Home.

Judge Townsend held the seat of Lewis County juvenile and general sessions judge for 32 years. He also served the community on the board of directors of Buffalo Valley and senior citizen center.

He was an Eagle Scout and assistant Boy Scout Scout Master for several years. He was also a member and past president of the Lewis County Jaycees and Hohenwald Lions Club and Fred E. Lomax American Legion Post 127. Judge Townsend graduated from the University of Tennessee Law School in Knoxville. He practiced as a lawyer for over 50 years, first with Edwin Townsend, Sr. in Parsons and later opening his practice with Edwin Humphreys Townsend and Doyle. He served his community as a veteran of the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Phyllis Townsend; two daughters, Becky (Rob) Rawdon and Skipper Townsend, both of Hohenwald; three step-daughters Lisa (Ronnie) McGehee, Cindy Glover of Star City, Arkansas and Sherri Brooks of Hohenwald; one brother, Larry (Wanda) Townsend of Parsons; one sister, Sherry (Tom) Leitch of Parsons; his mother-in-law, Mildred Stevens of Parsons; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Tennessee, 38 Old Hickory Cove, Suite B175, Jackson, TN 38305.

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