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.