Townsend, Robert Allen


Jan. 1, 1930-June 12, 2001
Bob was the oldest of four children and was born and spent the first six years of his life in East Feliciana Parish near Pride, Louisiana. His parents were Allen Perkins and Evie Elizabeth Townsend. His two sisters were Sue and Ann and his brother is Michael. Bob’s family moved to Baton Rouge around 1936 and became active in the Istrouma Methodist Church. He finished Baton Rouge High School in 1947, attended L.S.U. for a couple of years and then transferred to Centenary College, where he received his B.A. Degree.
In June of 1950 Bob married Meda Charleville of Baton Rouge, a member of the Istrouma Methodist Church. They had four children: Robert Reid, Cherale, Amy and Keith. He had seven grandchildren. Meda was a registered nurse.
Bob was active in the Istrouma Church when he felt the call to the pastoral ministry. Upon completion of his undergraduate study he entered the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Bob had a physical condition that prevented him from completing seminary. He returned to Louisiana and became a student pastor and served as such from 1955-1964. During that time he served the following churches: Weaver-Provencal, Boyce, St. Helena, Magnolia, New Roads, Port Allen, Livingston and James Chapel. He served the Loranger-Cooper charge from June, 1980 till December, 1982, as a full-time Local Pastor.
Bob had to leave the active ministry due to health reasons and for the remainder of his active life he worked for Allied Chemical in Baton Rouge. He moved back to his childhood home and became an active member in the community and the church. He continued to be in ministry for the Lord as he served the needs of those in his community. He and his wife had been married for 51 years.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 2002

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