Johnny F. Townsend, 68 - Glenville

Johnny F. Townsend age 68 of Glenville, West Virginia went to be with his Lord and Savior at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday May 18, 2016 at the Mon General Hospital in Morgantown following a sudden illness.

Born June 1, 1947 in Sand Fork WV, Johnny was the son of the late Marple and Madge Mowery Townsend.

Johnny was a graduate of Sand Fork High School, class of 1966. Other than spending time with his family, Johnny's passion was serving the Lord. He was a member of the Sand Fork Church of God, where he faithfully served in many roles, including deacon and superintendent for over 20 years. His faith and relationship with the Lord was evident to all who knew him, and has forever left a lasting impression.

On April 30, 2015, he retired as field foreman at Horizon Energy Corporation of Sand Fork after 39 years of service.

Johnny also loved to hunt, fish and play sports, especially with his sons and grandchildren. He enjoyed taking trips with Shirley, especially to the Amish country.

On December 23, 1972 Johnny was united in marriage to Shirley Smarr Townsend, who survives at their Glenville Home.

Also surviving are 2 sons, Jonathan Townsend and wife Tara of Prattville AL, and Justin Townsend and wife Kayla of Fairmont WV. Johnny also leaves behind four grandchildren, Brenley, Madison, Brooke and Aiden, who loved and adored him more than words can say. Johnny is also survived by one brother, Coman Townsend and wife Karin of Tacoma WA, and four sisters, Sue Harris of Jane Lew WV; Nancy Ashcraft and husband David of Buckhannon WV; Barbara Maxwell and husband Jerry of Charleston WV; and Lesa Hines of Fairmont WV.

Along with his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by brothers Ronnie and Herbert Townsend; and sisters Patricia Peggs, Mary Jane Townsend and Roxie Townsend.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc, 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV at 3:00 p.m. Sunday May 22, 2016 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Stout Cemetery in Flatwoods, West Virginia. Friends will be received from 12-3 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Mortuary.

Following graveside services the Church of God of Prophecy will be serving a dinner at the church in honor of Johnny. All are welcome to attend and share in food and fellowship.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Johnny F. Townsend with arrangements.