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Roger Gail Townsend

Mr. Roger Gail Townsend, 87, of Jayess, passed away April 29, 2019, in Perry, Florida. Roger was born March 30, 1932, in Jayess to Hilda Rutland Renke.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 3, 2019, at Jayess Baptist Church in Jayess. Graveside services followed in the Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. Bro. James Sanders and Bro. James Taylor officiated the services, with Wilson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Roger honorably served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany. Mr. Townsend was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Jayess Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years. Roger retired from St. Regis, which later became Georgia-Pacific in Monticello, and previously worked for Kellwood in McComb. He was also a business man, owning and operating several types of businesses with his family. In 1959, Mr. Townsend received his certificate in Cabinet Making from Southwest Mississippi Junior College. In his spare time, Roger enjoyed collecting and refurbishing antiques of all kinds. He was a master wood worker, building and restoring a variety of treasures.
Roger was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Mrs. Dorothy Rayborn Townsend, and his mother.
Mr. Townsend is survived by his daughters, Nancy Townsend Taylor (James) and Sophia Townsend Bratkovich (Vincent); eight grandchildren, William Thomas, James Taylor, III, Emily Mitchell, Beth Clark, Lindsey Thomas, Clara Taylor, Tori Taylor and Annie Bratkovich, as well as 6 great grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Jerry Rayborn (Elaine) and his sister-in-law, Linda Easley (Douglas), and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be given to his home church, Jayess Baptist.
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