|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1919|
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 2000|
Herman George Townley was born on George Washington's birthday in 1922. Living through the Great Depression he understood hardship. His father was overcome by the events of the deepening depression and the loss of their Coca-Cola bottling plant and the family's livelihood fell to the "boys". His mother would make sandwiches and the "boys" (Clyde, George & Robert) would take them around in a wagon and sell them as a source of income. George also had a paper route that supplemented the family income.
He graduated from Glencoe High School, Glencoe AL in 1937 and wrote the class poem.(see photos) He loved returning for class reunions and visiting with classmates.
While living in Gadsden he worked at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Plant and continued be a support to his parents along with his brothers.
In 1941 he married Margaret, built her a small "garage apartment" on property he owned adjacent to his mother, left his mother in charge of his new bride and went off to serve in WWII.
Upon returning from the war, he decided to move to Texas, hiring on with E. I. du Pont de Nemours where he remained over 40 years until his retirement in the late 1980's.
He was the chaplain at the Orange County Jail for around 15 years and after retiring from DuPont, George felt compelled to take the exam to become a sheriff's deputy for Orange County. George served in that capacity until too ill with Alzheimers to continue.
Married for 13 years before having children, he settled in to becoming the "Daddy". He believed his daughters to be capable of anything. He also loved motorcycles, and until his children were born, he and Margaret had Harley's for transportation. A firm believer that speed was the essence for everything, he taught his daughters to ride at a young age, and consequently taught them to drive far before their peers. Camping trips with mini-bikes, motorcycles and cars were some of his daughters best-loved memories.
He was a die-hard domino player and could be found many days at his "office" at the Domino Club in downtown Orange.
His favorite sport to play was golf, and he enjoyed playing with many co-workers and friends, the best of those being "Big Jim" and "Little" Jim Woods, who shared not only the joy of golf, but his unyielding love for all football.
by Alan Jackson,
Just an old worn-out Jeep
Rusty old floorboard, hot on my feet
A young girl, two hands on the wheel
I can't replace the way it made me feel
And he'd say, turn it left and steer it right
Straighten up girl now you're doing just fine
Just a little valley by the river where we'd ride
But I was high on a mountain
When Daddy let me drive
Volen William Townley
Leafy Virginia Mauney
Clyde William Townley
(m. Marjorie Carter)
(m. Maxine Smith)
Robert E Townley
&bnsp(m. Gene Johnson)
Ramona Gloria Townley Hofferbert 1928-2005
(m. Ernest Cumley)
Margaret Louise Maddix
Georgina Louise Townley Swinburn
Lisa Anne Townley Gilbeaux
Glencoe High School, Class of 1937
*this list is complied from the Junior Class list from the year before*
C R Booker
Ruby Jo Booker
Evlie Lee Copeland
C B Cosby
J T Hodges
F W Yaikow
Ethel Sidney Wigley
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Autumn Oaks Memorial Park
Created by: Gina Townley Swinburn
Record added: Dec 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82734330