GLEN ROSE - R.T. Townley died May 18, 2009 in the Cherokee Rose Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Glen Rose. Funeral services were held Friday, May 22, at the Vine Life Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Glen Rose with Rev. W.E. Murphy, Rev. Phil Murphy, Rev. B.E. Moore, Rev. Charles Chargols and Rev. Bill French officiating. Burial was in the Morgan Cemetery.

R.T. Townley was born May 28, 1920, in Blum. He was a son of the late Daniel B. and Riller G. Cox Townley. He attended school in the Eulogy community of Bosque county.  He worked on the family farm before enlisting in the U.S. Army. His tour of duty with the Army included time spent in South Africa and Italy. On Aug. 14, 1942, he married Opal Wilma Routh in Glen Rose. He finished his tour of duty in the Army and the couple moved to Meridian where he worked on a ranch for several years, later moving to Clifton to farm and ranch. Mr. Townley worked for Rangeaire Corporation in Cleburne for over 20 years before retiring. He had resided in Walnut Springs since 1972 where he was a member of the Pentecostal Church. He loved his family, fishing and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal, in 2008; mother, Riller, in 1983; father, Daniel B., in 1972.

Survivors include his daughters Carolyn Douglas and husband, Charles, of Glen Rose, Shirley Mason of Glen Rose, Mildred Aikman and husband, Lonnie, of Glen Rose, Janett Aikman and husband, Oannie, of Glen Rose, Barbara Borquin and husband, Mike, of Longview; sons, Kenneth Townley and wife, Connie, of Walnut Springs, Daniel Townley and wife, Carla, of Rio Vista, Robert Townley and wife, Cindy, of Glen Rose, Randell Townley and wife, Carrie, of Reno; 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Oven Townley of Glen Rose; sister, Gertrude Jones of Granbury and numerous other relatives and many friends. 

Friends are invited to sign the guest book at

Published June 10, 2009

Glen Rose Reporter