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Richard Charles Towne D.D.S. Sr.


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Richard Charles Towne D.D.S. Sr. Obituary
Richard Charles Towne, Sr., D.D.S.

Memphis, TN

Richard Charles "Dick" Towne, Sr., D.D.S., passed away peacefully at his home on March 25, 2017. He was 91 years old. He was born September 29, 1925, to Mary and Dr. Michael Anthony Towne of Glendale, CA.

Near the end of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was sent to school at the University of Texas at Austin and later to the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry at Memphis. It was here, in 1948, that he met the love of his life, Martha James, to whom he was married for 64 years. He served as a Captain in the Army Dental Corps in Augusta, GA during the Korean War, moving back to Memphis when the war ended to establish his dental practice and raise his family.

Richard's passion for restorative dentistry led to a practice spanning 57 years, with thousands of happy, loyal patients who benefitted from his meticulous care. Until his retirement at age 80, he was fortunate to be able to go to work nearly every day doing what he loved most. He was a member of the Tennessee Dental Society and the Memphis Dental Society. He was a founding member of Saint Louis Catholic Church, where he served on the School Board and as a lector.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and his beloved wife, Martha James Towne. He is survived by his children Richard Towne, Jr., Suzanne Goodman (Bill) of Nashville, TN, Dr. Carter Towne (Anne), John Towne (Michele) of Little Rock, AR, Avery Lanius (Norris) of Alpharetta, GA; grandchildren Amanda Kesner, Richard Towne III, Adam Towne, Sara Shelor, Drew Goodman, Matthew Goodman, Elise Towne, Carter Towne, Jr., Madison Towne, Hayden Towne, Michael Towne and Hunter Lanius; five great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank the following for the excellent, compassionate care given during the last several months of life: Shelvia Hayslett, Brenda Pittman, Angela Walls, Deonne Bobo; also a very special thanks to Mary Witt for her years of care and friendship.

Visitation and rosary will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Thursday, March 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church on Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m., followed by interment in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to Church Health, 1196 Peabody Ave., Memphis, TN 38104, or to , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Published in The Commercial Appeal from Mar. 28 to Mar. 29, 2017
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