Gene William (Doc) Townsend

Gene William (Doc) Townsend, 82, left his home for his eternal one on Aug. 25, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He is reunited with his youngest son, Steven Floyd Townsend; his parents, Clarence T. and Golden Swain Townsend; his sister, Carolyn; and son-in-law, Jerry Fleak.

He left his home in Belleville, W.Va., that he shared with his loving wife of 61 years, Betty Jo Sellers Townsend.

Gene was born on May 21, 1932, at Belleville. He graduated from Parkersburg High School, was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, retired from DuPont in 1985, was a substitute mail carrier for 11 years and was a lifetime Farmer.

He attended Belleville Baptist Church and was a member of the Masons since 1968. He was a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau, Modern Woodmen, the American Legion and was a FFA Alumni. He had also served on the board of the Wood County Fair and the Belleville Homecoming. He enjoyed farming, raising both cattle and sheep. He was most devoted to his job as husband and father.

Together, he and Betty Jo raised six children, Randy (Babbie) Townsend, Sandra (Randy) Brown, Candy (the late Jerry) Fleak, Daniel (Leslie) Townsend and Pamela (Harry, “Bud”) Van Matre, all of Belleville, and Steven Floyd Townsend; and 13 grandchildren, Steven Michael Townsend, Krista (Brian) Bell, Cassie Brown, Jill (Nathan) Joy, Lakita Fleak, Kendra Fleak and Kaitlyn Fleak, all of Belleville, Andrew Townsend of Little Rock, Ark., Alex Townsend, Allie Townsend and Carrie (Jon) Lattimer of Eden, S.C., Joshua (Brandi) VanMatre of Ruther Glen, Va., and Nicole VanMatre of Summersville, W.Va. He also has 11 great-grandchildren who brought lots of joy to his heart. Also surviving is his brother, Charles (Pauline) Townsend; two sisters, Clara (the late Virgil) McVey and Anna Lou (Roy) Buck, all of Belleville; and many nieces, nephews and cousins who he loved as well.

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Kimes Funeral Home, 521 Fifth St., Parkersburg. Pastor Randy Dornon will officiate and burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. The visitation will be from 1-8 p.m, Thursday at the funeral home.

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