Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Mark Lee Townsend

Mark Lee Townsend, 58, of Albemarle passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 in his home.  His funeral will be 2 PM Monday in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory.  The family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6 until 8 PM at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care.

Born May 2, 1959 he was the son of the late C.V. Townsend and Hazel Gilmer Drye Townsend.  He was a 1977 graduate of Albemarle High School and a 1983 graduate of Stanly Community College.   He also studied numerous textile classes at UNCC and was employed by Gentry Mills in Albemarle.  Mark loved cattle farming and taking care of his many other farm animals and greatly loved his family.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Sells Townsend, of the home, his daughter Summer Herlocker and husband Wes of Locust, NC and granddaughter Sunny Lee Herlocker.  He is also survived by two brothers, Bob Townsend and wife Penny of Norwood and Butch Townsend and wife Carol of Albemarle. A brother, Gary Townsend, preceded him in death.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.



  • Frankie Gale Harris Posted January 19, 2018 3:34 pm

    Donna Summer Wes and Sunny My heart hurts for your loss of Mark.He was a wonderful person and one of my close friends for 20 years. I pray that God will comfort each of you in the days ahead.

  • Rick & Donna Burris Posted January 19, 2018 5:05 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

  • Janet Hatley Posted January 19, 2018 5:07 pm

    Grew up on 5th Street with Mark. Bless you all.

  • Susan Yates Posted January 19, 2018 5:21 pm

    My prayers n thoughts are with you all thru this time of sorrow and loss. 😇😍

  • Nekita Posted January 19, 2018 5:21 pm

    Prayers goes out to Summer and Wes and Donna and baby sunny I pray for u guys to have peace and know he will always be with you! ❤️

  • Georgia M Inskeep Posted January 19, 2018 6:41 pm

    Prayers for your family.

  • Craig and Regina Herlocker Posted January 19, 2018 7:40 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Chyva Chan Posted January 19, 2018 7:48 pm

    My heartache for Mrs Herlocker and her families during this hard time. Even though I don’t know her dad personally but I have know. Mrs Herlocker for a very long time. I am so sorry for her loss and sending my prayers to her and her families. 😢 RIP Mr. Townsend

  • Sue Ramsey Posted January 19, 2018 7:52 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Peace & prayers to all.

  • Veralyn & Dick Smith Posted January 19, 2018 8:23 pm

    Donna, I haven’t seen you all in years since you lived on Montgomery Ave. So sorry for your loss! Prayers for you & your family!

  • Karen Byrd Posted January 19, 2018 9:19 pm

    Donna, Richard and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and Summer and the entire family.

  • Janice Burris Posted January 19, 2018 9:35 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers being lifted for you Donna and your family!

  • terry and beverly price Posted January 19, 2018 10:15 pm

    Mark was a old friend of ours bless his soul

  • Jo Ann and Tommy Townsend Posted January 20, 2018 12:41 pm

    We are still in shock and so saddened by this sudden event. Our deepest sympathy is extended to you and the family. We lift you up in prayers for strength and comfort at this difficult time. PLEASE let us know if there is anything we can do. We love you all. Jo and Tommy

  • David and Sarah Fisher Posted January 20, 2018 2:36 pm

    Our deepest condolences and prayers to the family.

  • Susan Yates Posted January 20, 2018 3:14 pm

    My prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow and loss. God will be you too

  • Carolyn Posted January 20, 2018 3:54 pm

    Donna, Summer, Wes, and Sunny, please know that my heart hurts for you all. The shock, the loss breaks your heart, nothing can describe it. Feels like just going through motions, doing what must be done. My prayer is the the Good Lord continue to provide you with strength and comfort in all the days to come. Prayers and much love to you.
    Carolyn Hill Honeycutt

  • Freda Simpkins Posted January 20, 2018 11:55 pm

    Donna you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your lost.

  • Virginia wallace Posted January 21, 2018 10:45 am

    🙏Prayers going up

  • Joe Frank Harris Jr. Posted January 21, 2018 1:11 pm

    My Heart goes out to to ur family#Donna, Summer.Mark I will sure miss you#go be with God!

  • Dr. Tim Lowder Posted January 21, 2018 3:42 pm

    I pray that God keeps Mark’s family in His Loving Arms during this difficult time.

  • Pam Morton Posted January 21, 2018 4:00 pm

    Prayers for Donna and Summer and family 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Richard & Christi Greer Posted January 21, 2018 4:15 pm

    Summer, Wes, Sunny & family – we are so very sorry. We have & will continue to keep all of you (& family) in our thoughts & prayers. We are here if you need anything & sending lots of love & hugs! Even though we want our loved ones here with us forever; what an amazing guardian angel you all have watching over you from heaven above. 💕

  • Ana Posted January 22, 2018 11:40 am

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Words alone can not ease the pain when grieving the loss of a love one. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”. May God give you and your family comfort in your loving memories and in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they resurrected as per John 5:28-29. May these words give you a new hope, with deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.

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