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May 12, 1936 February 3, 2019
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Jerry Benjamin Townsend, 82, entered into eternal rest on February 3, 2019 at the Holiday Nursing Home in Center, Tx, following complications associated from a stroke. Born in Sugarland, Tx on May 12, 1936 to Brewster Townsend and wife Emma Ainsworth Townsend. He was raised by his Uncle Jake Townsend and wife Beatrice upon his father and mother's death when he was a child. Jerry was also preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Townsend, and daughter, Lynn Denise Townsend.
Jerry acquired the nickname Racehorse when he was five years old. Uncle Jake used to ride down the lane on Homestead Road in Transylvania, La on his horse. Jerry would run along beside he and the horse. He told Jerry that if he could outrun the horse, that he would let him ride and he'd walk. One day, he finally let Jerry outrun them. After that day, his Uncle Jake called him Racehorse.
Racehorse completed four years of college; majoring in Psychology, International Law and Business Administration. He then went into the field of Blueprint Reading, Instructor throughout many craft training programs, involved in training tie-down work in all areas of refinery work and tank farms, along with being a multi-craft supervisor in all phases of construction work. His extensive experience in Industrial Maintenance for environmental chemical control cleaning of all missile component parts for Thor, Atlas, Titan and guided missiles in Lompoc, Ca., was one of his many employment duties.
Racehorse served in the United States Navy from September 12, 1954 to September 12, 1958. He served as Athletic and Field Director in Guam, Long Beach, Ca and San Clemente, Ca. He also was a Seaman and Master-At-Arms in China Lakes, Ca.. During his tour in the Navy, he was involved in all around sports, receiving the All Service Award for outstanding athletic abilities in 1958. Eleven jackets were issued throughout all branches of the military, with Jerry Racehorse Townsend receiving one of the eleven jackets.
His many hobbies consisted of building furniture, creating over seven hundred wooden fishing lures, fishing, hunting, gardening, writing novels and most of all the sport of playing, teaching and umpiring baseball. He was on the team of the L.A. Angels and the tough Mexico Monterrey AAA baseball team, until injuries took him out of the game. He then umpired many young men in the sport of baseball.
Jerry Racehorse Townsend penned the trilogy "Winds of the Delta", along with numerous other books yet to be published. "Winds" took he and his wife, Patsy, all over the States to autographed appearances in libraries, schools, etc...He loved walking through his vegetable garden while acting out each and every character in his stories.
Left to treasure his precious memories are his lovely wife, Patsy Hinson Townsend of 37 years, his sister Terri Star and her daughter, Sherri Murphy of Danta Point, Ca.. He is also survived by five sons; Mark Townsend and wife Helen of Las Vegas, Nv, Scott Townsend and wife Paula of Victorville, Ca, Shawn Townsend of West Covina, Ca., Ron Ling and wife Jami of Grand Prarie, Tx, and James (Jamie) Ling III and wife Jodi from Stafford, Va.. Grandchildren are Mark Thomton and wife Laurel of Onanay, Mo., Ashton Ling and Kristie of Alexandria, La, Sierra L. Cook and Matthew of Waldrof, Md, Marissa Ling of Lubbock, Tx, Mary Townsend and spouse of Pamona, Ca and Scotty Townsend and wife of Pamona, Ca.. Racehorse had 9 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, family members and friends whom he loved very much.
The family would like to thank Jerry's best friend, George Valley, of Lakewood, Ca for his years of special friendship and for driving him to his many VA appointments. A very special thank you and appreciation for Patsy's sister, Vivica Moncrief. She left her home in Ca over two years ago and moved to Hemphill, Tx to help take care of Jerry and Patsy. The love and bond between Vivica and Jerry, "Handsome" as she always called him, could never be broken. Many mornings of coffee and conversations were spent in his lure room/shop when creating over seven hundred wooden fishing lures and/or building furniture, between the two as Patsy slept. A very sincere appreciation to Jamie, Jodi, Ashton and Sierra for the many visits to the hospitals/nursing homes. Also, the family appreciates all the prayers and phone calls that were sent in regards to Jerry Racehorse Townsend.
The cremation was handled by McNutt Funeral Home in Lufkin, Tx. A Memorial Celebration will be held at Homestead Plantation at Alpine Marina in Hemphill, Tx on May 18 th, 2019 to celebrate his life. A Military Honor Guard will attend the celebration.......


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