LAKELAND - Mr. Shelton Townsend, age 82, died Thursday, June 26, 2014, due to dementia and CHF.
Born in Lakeland on March 9, 1932, Shelton was a lifelong resident. Shelton was a minister, having preached at Green Pond Baptist, Dixie Highway Baptist, Carters Corner Baptist, all in Polk County, and Monte Vista Missionary Baptist in Clermont. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, and the Lakeland Masonic Lodge #91. He served in the Navy during the Korean War
Mr. Townsend was preceded in death by his wife Alberta Townsend; son Kevin Townsend; and brother Leonard Townsend. He is survived by his son Mike Townsend, Auburndale; daughter Cheryl Eastabrooks, Lakeland; brother Tommie Townsend, Tampa; sister Eva Weaver, Tallahassee, FL; 5 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren.
Private services will be at a later date. Interment will be in Lakeland Memorial Gardens.
Lanier Funeral Home.