TOWNSEND, Mrs. Cathy Gean-age 67, of Flint, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 in Detroit, MI. Funeral services will be held 12:00pm Saturday, June 15, 2019 with an 11:00am family hour at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 4075 E. Atherton Rd., Burton, MI 48519. Pastor Keith Bigelow officiating. Calling hours are 1:00pm-6:00pm Friday, June 14, 2019 at Sheldon T. Banks Funeral Chapel, 3021 S. Dort Hwy., Flint, MI 48507. The final resting place for Mrs. Townsend will be Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI.
Mrs. Cathy Gean Townsend was born January 4, 1952 in Ensley, Alabama, the daughter of Rev. Henry Robinson and Minister Bertha Lee Robinson.
Mrs. Townsend graduated from Beecher High School “Class of 1970”. She retired from Buick and Buick City, a division of General Motors after 31 years of service.
She loved the Lord and confessed Christ at Morning Star Church at the age of 12. She loved music and all things musical. She was a member of the North and Southside Community Choir, and the Director of The Voices of Morning Star Church Choir. She also was a member of the Flint City Wide Choir and a member of the Musicians and Directors Association of Flint. She was a director of several gospel choirs throughout her years, but she always remained a dedicated and faithful member to her home church, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church. Cathy loved singing, shopping and traveling. Family was important to her and she loved taking care of her family.
Mrs. Cathy Townsend leaves to cherish her memory: 4 children, Latasha Jolly of Raleigh, NC, Johnnie Edward (Cherry) Townsend Jr. of Raleigh, NC, Whoquaza Shamoke (Katina) Townsend of Durham, NC and Keyata Lashuan Townsend (Conquitas Taylor) of Flushing MI; 1 stepson, Dante (Caretta) Hawthorne of Las Vegas, NV; goddaughter, Alisa Webb Odom; 10 grandchildren, Daijohn Townsend of MI, Marquavis Fant of TX, Jmari Morris of MI, Johnnie Townsend III of NC, Malea Jolly of NC, McKinley Jolly Jr. of NC, Jordan Flaggs of NC, Christian Townsend of NC, Xavion Toins of MI, Xa’Cari Taylor of MI; 1 great-grandchild; 2 sisters, Brenda Romatowski of MI and Tajauana Robinson of NC; 2 sisters-in-law, Norma Tucker and Lou Jean Townsend both of MI; 3 special sisters, Ann Dean of NC, Carol Love and Bertha Hamlett both of MI; 3 special brothers, Wayne Brown, Charles McGahee and Robert Hines all of MI; uncles, Edward Moore of MS, Bernard Jackson of MI, and Charles Gosha of AR; aunts, Evangalist Mildred Cain of AL, Minnie Wicks and Bell Townsend of MI, Margret Evans and Mary Moore both of GA; a host of friends including mentees, DeQuindre Williams, Eric Shaw, Brandon Finklea and Anthony Tyler.
Mrs. Cathy Townsend was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Townsend; adopted daughter, Tambra Tyler; grandson, Xavierre Toins; father, Henry Robinson; mother, Bertha Robinson; sister, Nina Bradley; grandfather, Peter James Jackson; grandmother, Sadie Jackson; father-in-law, Columbus Townsend; and mother-in-law, Annie Townsend.
The family would like to express special thanks to Pastor Keith Bigelow and Morning Star Church family.