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Clyde Townsend

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Clyde Townsend

Reverend Clyde H. Townsend died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Amarillo, Texas. He was 81.

Services were held Sunday, Jan. 31, at First Church of the Nazarene in Amarillo, Texas.

Rev. Townsend was born in Paonia March 4, 1934, to Rev. Charles and Veda (Binford) Townsend. He grew up in Paonia and attended Paonia schools as well as Haviland Academy in Haviland, Kan.

After high school, he worked in Durango and Albuquerque, N.M., as a journeyman machinist.

He married Elsie Baker in 1952 in La Junta.

He attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs and was ordained an elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1974. He was a pastor for 12 years in Arkansas, Texas and New Mexico. In 1979, he received his clinical pastoral care certification.

In his later years, he returned to the machine shop, retiring from Jack B. Kelley Inc. in Amarillo, Texas. He continued to work after retirement.

Mr. Townsend is survived by a brother, Emory Townsend of Paonia; a daughter, Susan (Sam) McPherson of Amarillo, Texas; his sons, Richard Townsend of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Donald (Brenda) Townsend of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and extended family.

He was preceded in death by five sisters; one brother; and his wife of 53 years, Elsie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center, P.O. Box 990, Cactus, TX 79013.

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