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The Kennedy Mortuary
Friday June 12th, 2020
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Friday June 12th, 2020

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Johnny Burnett Townsend

Johnny Burnett Townsend




Johnny Burnett Townsend, 85, of 196 Fleming Mill Rd. and husband of Brenda Hartline Townsend, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at his home.


Born in Laurens, he was a son of the late Thomas Ulus and Lina Gentry Townsend.  A SCNG veteran, he was retired from Torrington where he was employed in the machine shop. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and also attended Second Baptist and Wayside Baptist Churches. A member of the Rossie Walker Masonic Lodge, he was the founder of the Fleming Mill Bluegrass and Gospel Band. A gentle man with a big heart, Johnny was devoted in his love of God, music, and fishing.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by:  his son Mark and wife Maggie of Laurens; and a grandson, Warren Townsend of Laurens.


In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by:  his first wife, Rachel Brown Townsend; brothers, R.B. Townsend, J.R. Townsend, Forrest Townsend, and Eugene “Gene” Townsend; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Brown.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, June 12, 2020, in The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. John Bolin, Mr. Steven Wakeland, and Rev. J.D. Shiflet, with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.


The family will be at the home and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary on Friday, June 12, 2020, one hour prior to the service.


Memorials may be made to the Laurens Baptist Crisis Center, P.O. Box 725, Laurens, SC 29360.


Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.



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Prayers for family and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

BettyAnn Spires Jun 14 2020 12:00 AM

Johnny was a sweet man and everyone loved him. My mother and I visited with him not too long ago, and he was so happy to see her. They were very close. She is upset that because of the COVID virus, she is afraid to travel to his funeral. God rest his sweet soul. Maudie Gilliam is my mother. My name is Angie Christopherson

angelagc4@live.com Jun 12 2020 12:00 AM

Brenda and Family, I was sorry to see that Johnny had passed away. We worked together many years in the shop at Torrington. He was truly one of the good ones.

Ron Cooper Jun 12 2020 12:00 AM

Brenda, Barney and I are so shocked to read of Johnnys death. He was always such a nice caring person and spoke to us no matter where we were. Our hearts break for you. Know that we are praying for you and lifting you and the family up in prayer during the difficult days ahead. May God be with you all!!!

Lynn & Barney Harris Jun 12 2020 12:00 AM

So very sorry for your loss. Johnny was a good man and will be missed. Praying for all of you. Mike and Charlene Porter

Mike and Charlene Porter Jun 12 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Mr. Johnny passing. I loved to hear him play his music. Please know we're praying for y'all.

dsroach3783@yahoo.com Jun 12 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Johnny Townsend

Larry and Carol Fowler Jun 12 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Johnny Townsend

Dottie & Robert Lida Jun 12 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Johnny Townsend

Marlene Weathers Jun 11 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Johnny Townsend

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