Hester Linwood Townsend, 88, of Drakes Branch, Virginia passed away peacefully in his home on March 20, 2020. Hester is survived by his children; Joy Barbour (John), Mike Townsend (Dawn), Kenny Townsend (Judy), Belinda Hammock (Rick Hudson), and Addison Harville, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two sisters; Hilda Edwards (Ned) and Ruby Frederick, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Hester was a truck driver for over 60 years, as an owner-operator and a driver for several companies including JT Newman, Burlington, Abilene, and R&V Trucking. He was also a tobacco and cattle farmer. He was a life-long member of Friendship Baptist Church of Drakes Branch, Virginia.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Friendship Baptist Church, 239 Friendship Church Road, Drakes Branch, Virginia. Browning-Duffer Funeral Home of Keysville is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Heart Association.

Condolence Messages

  1. Frieda Whirley

    21 March 2020 3 years ago

    So sorry for your loss. Will miss his smile on Sundays. Prayers for all. God is always here for us. Love you all.

  2. Kaye Lucado

    21 March 2020 3 years ago

    So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you. Kaye and David Lucado

  3. Patricia C Nichols

    22 March 2020 3 years ago

    Please know that All of you are in my Prayers. He was A Wonderful Father and Friend. He loved you all so much and Addison too.

  4. Beth Burnett

    22 March 2020 3 years ago

    Dear Mike, Dawn, and Mic.
    Please accept my sincere condolences. I hope your sweet memories will sustain you during this difficult time. My prayers will continue to be with you.

  5. Bert & Kathleen Mitchell

    22 March 2020 3 years ago

    Thinking of each of you at this time. We’ve known Hester all of our lives. Such a friendly man. Please accept our love & sympathy on your loss.

  6. Tony W. Vaughan

    25 March 2020 3 years ago

    It was an honor to know you sir…..Sending Prayers to the Family

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