Published 12:00 am Monday, June 14, 2010
Samuel Francis Townsend died in Taccoa, Georgia on June 13, 2010.
He was born November 15, 1921 in Troy.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn Whitehurst Townsend; sons, Samuel Martin (Sue) Townsend and Harry Clay (Pam) Townsend; four granddaughters,; two great-grandsons; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Billy Gibson and brother-in-law, Robert Newman all of Troy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Oliver and Mattie Townsend; brothers, Andrew Criswell Townsend and James Oliver Townsend; sisters, Aylor T. Finlay, Martha T. Newman and Rebecca T. Railey.
He graduated from Pike County High School, attended Northwestern University and graduated from Troy State Teachers College.
He was a Veteran of World War II. He was the first announcer for radio station WTBF in 1947 and later owned and operated radio station WCNU in Crestview, Florida.
A memorial service will be held in Troy at a later date.