It can be recalled that the immediate Past Moderator and former Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church of Liberia died on September 3, 2020 at the John F. Kennedy Hospital following a brief illness. The late Presbyterian prelate, who died at age, 59, was not only a preacher, but a teacher, gospel musician and an exemplary leader. Rev. Townsend became a public servant at his youthful age before becoming the Religious Advisor to the immediate past former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Accordingly, several prominent current and former government officials and prominent individuals including former President Ellen Johnson Sireleaf, Rev. William R. Tolbert Jr., National Peace Ambassador of the Republic of Liberia, the political leader of the All Liberian Party Benoni Urey and Bishop Kortu Brown, President of the Liberia Council of Churches( LCC).
Others included representatives of the Catholic Church of Liberia, the Inter- Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL), the Ministry of Justice, heads of different churches and the Presbyterian Church of Liberia as well as representatives of families and friends in the diaspora. The immediate past moderator also leaves to mourn his wife, Madam Weadi Y. Townsend, five children, nine grandchildren and a host of family members both in the diaspora and Liberia, some of whom, paid tribute to the fallen pastor. In her tribute, "I have started missing my husband, my best friend, my supporter whom i shared lots of fun and struggle with for 36 years. Because of my husband, i was on top of the world because i knew whenever i caused trouble, he was there to support me. Who is going to stand firm for me again? Who's going to lecture with me like you did? My roommate, I have started missing you and will forever miss you my husband,” Madam Weadi Y. Townsend.
"My best friend, my advisor, my motivator, daddy, you have hurt us deeply. We are going to miss you for life. Thank you for being that sweet dad to us your children. Sleep on dad," said Sammie Townsend, one of the daughters of the late Rev. Townsend. Unlike other funeral programs, the home-going ceremony of the late Presbyterian cleric was occasioned by a gospel music. The officiating clergy, Reverend G. Boima Freeman, who paid tribute to the deceased, pointed out that because of late clergyman love for gospel music, only songs of praise and tribute were necessary at the home going ceremony. Meanwhile, the deceased was laid to rest following the home going ceremony.