Herbert Lee Townsend

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Herbert Lee Townsend, 76, of Washburn, passed away at Cox Medical Center South on Jan. 5, 2015. He was born Aug. 3, 1938, in Rogers, Ark., to John and Velma Townsend. Herbert worked as a chicken catcher when he was very young; he then worked for Walmart as a truck driver for 30+ years and was one of the first drivers hired by Sam Walton. He was also a self-employed contractor for McClinton-Anchor. Herbert was the ultimate hero and protector of his family. He enjoyed hunting, gun shows, rodeos, loafin', and most importantly he enjoyed sitting on the front porch visiting and drinking coffee.

He is survived by: daughters, Cathy Townsend, of Washburn, Lanna, of Bentonville, Ark., and son Kenneth Townsend, of Cassville; sisters, Loneta Blevins, of Rogers, Ark.; Pauline Beaman, of Rogers, Ark.; Patsy Guyll, of Avoca, Ark.; Connie Dorey, of Washburn; Billie Main, of Washburn; Linda Jester, of Washburn; and Mary Jane Sinclair, of Washburn; his brothers, Howard Townsend of Avoca, Ark., and Tom Townsend, of Washburn. He is also survived by grandchildren Coy, Amber, Brittaney and Kynan; 11 great-grandchildren and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Townsend; son, Troy Townsend; brother, Johnny Townsend; sister, Jo Walden; and granddaughter, Casey Brace.

A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers, Ark. Funeral services will be held 11 am, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Washburn High School gymnasium in Washburn. Interment will take place at Washburn-Prairie Cemetery in Washburn.

Online condolences can be made to www.rollinsfuneral.com .