Townsend, Willie James, Sr.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Willie Townsend
Willie Townsend

Willie James Townsend Sr. “Pig” was born on October 25, 1954, to Eugene Townsend and Ruth Ammons. He died on November 28, 2017, in a local hospital.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Essie Mae Townsend and his grandfather Anthony Townsend, his brothers: Eugene Townsend Jr. Michael Lewis, Leon Gray, sister Jeanette Townsend-Williams.

Willie was a loving family-oriented father and grandfather. 

Willie leaves to cherish his memories his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his siblings. His sons, Toney Williams, Josh Lee Green Jr., Willie James Townsend Jr., all of Chattanooga; daughters, Alice Willis of Charleston, SC. Rosa lee (Reginald) Clack of Chattanooga, Brenda Michell (Kelvin) Pruitt of Sewanee, Ga., Kimberly Ann Green-Lockett of Chattanooga; 10 grandchildren, Ronald T. Smith, Tevarian D (Jenny) Pruitt, Brittany N Clack, Reginald A Clack Jr., Autumn M Green (David Avolos), Alexandria M Anderson (Marquae Gaddy), Marquise E Pruitt, Ny’ela T Lockett, Monique and Madison Green; 10 great-grandchildren, Dorian D, Ashton and Avery Pruitt, Lailah, Christopher and Jernhi Smith, Janari A Anderson, Cayston Green and Braiden and Adrian Avalos; siblings, John Townsend, Rosa Mary Auls, Richard Griffin, Mitchell Lewis and Ronnie Gray: Close cousin: Sylvester Ammons, Edward Ector, and Cleveland Hobdy: Sister’s and brother in law: Sharon, Eric and Jacqueline (Janice) Dragg, and Annie E Bonaparte,  Close childhood friend; John Hughley and family friend James Wesley Hawthorne, Jr. and best friends Sam and Angela Jones, Brother Bryant Blackmon, James Gram and a host of church family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, at noon at New Life Seventh – Day Adventist Church.


The body will lie in state after noon on Thursday and family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Interment will be  National Cemetery. John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

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