TUSCALOOSA Charles "Charlie" Joseph Townsend, age 84, of Tuscaloosa, died July 27, 2013, at Hospice of West Alabama. A memorial mass will be 2:30 p.m. today at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Father Gerald Holloway officiating. A rosary was held 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 33 years, Diane; sister, Mary Townsend; brother, Walter Townsend of Memphis, Tenn.; sons, Tommy (Julie) Townsend, Danny Townsend, Kelly Townsend of Oakland, Calif., and Lance Hall; daughter, Colleen (Michael) Harris of Houston, Texas; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Charlie loved the car business, coming to Tuscaloosa in 1972, to open Townsend Ford, followed by Townsend Honda, Townsend Nissan, Townsend BMW, and Townsend Global Imports. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and St. Francis Catholic Church. Charlie was the president of Ford Dealers Associations for many years, and a part of many charitable organizations, including volunteering at DCH Hospital. He had a true love of people. He loved Alabama football, traveling, family, and friends.
Pallbearers will be Joe Pete Hayes, Dr. Alan Maxwell, Roger Bracknell, Ricky Glover, Jim Phillips, and Brady Robichaud.
Honorary pallbearers are employees of the Townsend Dealerships, Dr. Ross Vaughn, and Dr. William Hill.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Church or St. Francis Catholic Church building fund, or Hospice of West Alabama.