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Paul S. Townsend, 94, retired professional appraiser and tax specialist, died on Dec. 1, 2017, retiring in 1986 from Ashland Inc. after 37 years of service where he had been a director of taxes and later the director of corporate appraisals.
He served as chairman of the Kentucky Petroleum Council, the Kentucky Oil & Gas Assoc. and the WV Petroleum Assoc.
He wrote several articles which were published in industry trade magazines. During his business career he taught accounting and business management at the community business college.
He was a member of the VFW and a decorated WWII veteran having served in the 84th Railsplitter Division. He was on the front-line, involved in battles in the Rhineland, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was an active member of Faith Fellowship Church in Lexington serving three years on its administrative board.
Post retirement hobbies included writing and publishing three fictional novels and three songs including a hymn dedicated to his late wife which has been sung in local churches.
He was the husband of the late Janet Johnson Townsend for 56 years.
Survivors include his daughter, Darla Lavonne Townsend of Louisville, KY; a brother, Leon J. Townsend of High Springs, FL; and three nephews.
In addition to his beloved wife, he was preceded in death by parents, Leon F. and Wilma Shambaugh Townsend; and two sisters, Thelma Samples and Lula Mae Townsend.
Funeral will be Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at 11:30 a.m., Milward-Southland with interment following at the Lexington Cemetery.
Visitation Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations are suggested to Bluegrass Care Navigators, 2312 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY 40504 or Hosparus Health of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr., Louisville, KY 40205. milwardfuneral.com.
Published on December 4, 2017
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