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1934 Betty 2020

Betty Viola Townsend

May 5, 1934 — March 21, 2020

****ATTENTION: The Townsend family has decided to have a public funeral service for Mrs. Betty Townsend but due to the growing concern over COVID-19, The family would like for all to know they understand if you feel like you need to stay home. They did not want to make it private but decided to leave it up to one's own decision rather to attend. They want to thank you all for your love and prayers shown to them during this time

Hortense-Mrs. Betty Viola Sloan Townsend,85, passed away Saturday morning (Mar. 21,2020) in The Bayview Nursing Home in Nahunta after an extended illness.

Born in Hortense, Georgia she was the daughter of Woodrow Potter Sloan and Nina Viola Jones Sloan. She was also preceded by her husband Edward Montgomery Townsend.

A member of The Hortense Church of God of Prophecy for over 50 years, she loved helping people and loved singing. One of her other favorite pass times was shopping with friends.

Survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Esther Townsend, of Hortense her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Daniel Selph, of Jacksonville, FL., Sister and brother-in-law, June and Kenneth Lee, of Hortense, 3-Grandchildren, Wade Townsend (Becky), Tommy Townsend (Susan), Brian Selph (Ziniada), 7-Great-Grandchildren, Ashley Queen (Jacob), Haley and Kinsley Townsend, Brennon Townsend, Bryce Townsend, Colby Selph and Leila Selph, 2-Great, Greatgrandchildren, Gracelyn Queen and Killian Queen, also several Nieces, Nephews and other relatives.

Visitation will be held 1 hour prior the service Tuesday morning at the church.

Funeral service for Mrs. Betty Townsend will be at 11 A.M. Tuesday morning (Mar. 24, 2020) at The Hortense Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. Lamar Lee, Rev. Matthew McEachern and Rev. Rob Hutto officiating.

Pallbearers will be Wade Townsend, Tommy Townsend, Brian Selph, Colby Selph, Jimmy Robinson, Landon Lee, Dale Robinson, Joe Lane.

Honorary Pallbearers are Staff of Bayview Nursing Home.

Interment will be in the Hortense Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, of Nahunta.

Sympathy may be expressed by signing our online registry at

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Betty Viola Townsend, please visit our flower store.


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