ATTENTION: The Townsend family has decided to have a public funeral service for Mrs. Betty Townsend but due to the growing concern over COVID-19, The family would like for all to know they understand if you feel like you need to stay home. They did not want to make it private but decided to leave it up to one’s own decision rather to attend. They want to thank you all for your love and prayers shown to them during this time.

HORTENSE — Mrs. Betty Viola Sloan Townsend, 85, passed away Saturday morning, March 21, 2020, in The Bayview Nursing Home in Nahunta after an extended illness. Born in Hortense, Mrs. Townsend was the daughter of Woodrow Potter Sloan and Nina Viola Jones Sloan. She was also preceded by her husband Edward Montgomery Townsend. A member of The Hortense Church of God of Prophecy for over 50 years, Mrs. Townsend loved helping people and loved singing. One of her other favorite past times was shopping with friends. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Esther Townsend of Hortense; her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Daniel Selph of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister and brother-in-law, June and Kenneth Lee of Hortense; three grandchildren, Wade Townsend (Becky), Tommy Townsend (Susan), Brian Selph (Ziniada); seven greatgrandchildren, Ashley Queen (Jacob), Haley and Kinsley Townsend, Brennon Townsend, Bryce Townsend, Colby Selph, and Leila Selph; two great-greatgrandchildren, Gracelyn Queen and Killian Queen; also several nieces, nephews and other relatives. A funeral service was held Tuesday morning, (March 24, 2020, at The Hortense Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. Lamar Lee, Rev. Matthew McEachern and Rev. Rob Hutto officiating. Pallbearers were Wade Townsend, Tommy Townsend, Brian Selph, Colby Selph, Jimmy Robinson, Landon Lee, Dale Robinson, and Joe Lane. Honorary pallbearers were staff of Bayview Nursing Home. Interment will be in the Hortense Cemetery. Arrangements were with Frye Funeral Home, of Nahunta. Sympathy may be expressed by signing our online registry at