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Wayne Douglas Townsend

Wayne Douglas Townsend was the ninth child born to John T. Townsend Sr. and Maggie B. Townsend on December 1, 1950 in Christian County, Kentucky. He was 70 years old at the time of his death, departing on July 1, 2021 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wayne graduated from Burt High School in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1968. He attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee where he received a BA degree in 1972. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated and crossed in 1969.
He enjoyed a successful industrial engineering career at various shoe manufacturing companies such as Stride Rite, Reebok International, and Adidas. His first employment after college was as an Industrial Engineer at Acme Boot in Clarksville, Tennessee and then Stoughton, Massachusetts. During his career, he travelled extensively to China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bali, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan. He also travelled extensively within the United States to Maine, Arizona, Hawaii, New York, Las Vegas, Florida, Oregon, California, Texas, Indiana, and Georgia.
During Wayne’s life, he had a strong religious interest with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which was encourage by his father. He studied the bible and attended meetings in Maine, Tennessee, Indiana and Georgia. Wayne encouraged his son and other family members to always study the bible, and use its teachings within their lives.
Wayne was an incredibly loving and caring soul. He loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, listening to music, bass fishing, fine dining, sports, and attending movies with his son. He also enjoyed the Townsend family reunions and Burt High School class reunions.
Wayne spent his last 4 years in Atlanta, Georgia with his son and family. There, he earned one of his favorite titles: “Grandfather” or “Paw-Paw”.
He leaves precious memories to be shared by his son, Adam Douglas (Tiara Wells) Townsend; granddaughter, Alexandra Grace Townsend, whom he called “Grace”; sisters: Mayolta T. Mallory and Isoria T. (Booker) White and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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With deepest sympathy to the family,

Shedrick Hoosier, Jr. Aug 15 2021 7:49 AM