TOWNSEND, REV. NEVI
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Ocala - The Rev. Nevi Townsend passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012. Rev. Townsend was born in Plant City, FL on Oct. 27, 1930 to the Rev. Denton Townsend and Edith Townsend. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Doris Townsend of Ocala, FL.; his sons, Ken Townsend of Jupiter, FL. and the Rev. Terry Townsend (Sandy) of Wellington, FL., and the Rev. Gary Townsend (Susan) of Ocala; six grandchildren and three great- grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Hattaway of Venice, FL and an aunt, Lillie Ruth Evans of Ocala. Born Oct. 27, 1930, the sixth generation Floridian served as pastor for more than 35 years in Kentucky and Florida, including First Baptist Church of Lantana, FL and Parkview Baptist Church of Ft. Pierce, FL. He served as Director of Missions for the Indian River Baptist Assn. from 1993 to 1998 and served two years as a volunteer coordinator of the Florida Baptist partnership with eastern Dakotas. Since 2000, he served as a church planting consultant with the Florida Baptist Convention encouraging churches, associations and potential church planters to start new congregations. A graduate of Jacksonville University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, Townsend has served in various capacities in Florida Baptist State Convention life, serving on the State Board of Missions from 1978-1980 and the Committee on Time, Place and Preacher from 1977-1978 and 1982-1983. He served on international missions trips leading evangelism crusades in Africa and Korea. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Ocala. Services are set for Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Ocala. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala. Burial will take place at the Townsend Family Cemetery near Bell, FL at 4 p.m. on June 14, 2012. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Church Planting Fund of the Florida Baptist Convention, 1230 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32207.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from June 13 to June 14, 2012