Albert H. Townsend
Albert Hugh Townsend, 73, of Uvalde died on Oct. 18, 2017, in Uvalde, of acute myeloid leukemia.
A memorial service will be held on Nov. 4, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the 501 Ranch just outside of Uvalde. All who wish to celebrate his life are invited to attend.
He was born on July 6, 1944, in Houston to Floy (Meredith) and Don K. Townsend.
Townsend was a 1962 graduate of Spring Branch High School. The family says he often commented his time in high school was not unlike the movie American Graffiti; full of fun, childhood pranks, fast cars, and friends whose love for each other endures to this day.
He married Jane C. Countryman in Houston in 1964. The couple shared a home and love for their son, Lee, for 15 years.
In 1966, the family says Townsend met a man who saw his true potential and changed the course of his life. Townsend was encouraged to train as a stockbroker, and within a few years he was employed by A.G. Edwards and Sons, where he thrived because company culture reflected his personal values of putting the needs and aspirations of his clients first. The family says he also appreciated the mentoring aspect of his position as branch manager – he derived great joy in mentoring not only his clients, but also those he hired. He treasured friends he made during 40 years spent working at A.G. Edwards, for they shared the same values and interests.
Townsend inherited his family’s love of the water. As a child, he spent his summers on Galveston Bay and in racing sailboats. He cherished memories of hauling Olympic class Star boats from the tip of Florida to San Francisco Bay and participating in races as far north as the Great Lakes and as far south as the Baja of Mexico. The family says he was three times club champion at The Houston Yacht Club, where, to be sure, he left a piece of his heart. If he ever had a disappointment in his life, it was not being able to find a way to stay competitive at racing and ranching at the same time.
In 1981, he met Julieann Hollingsworth Abel. She quickly joined in his passion for racing sailboats and fishing, and he joined in her passion for hunting and life in South Texas. The couple married onMay 19, 1990, at their ranch on the banks of the Nueces River.
Townsend took exceptional pride in the mentoring of two more sons and they in loving him.
In 1990, he decided to take up golf. His wife’s father, a scratch golfer, contended that it was unreasonable to expect a man to take up golf at Townsend’s age and ever be competent. Fortunately, and to Edward Hollingsworth’s great pleasure, Townsend proved him wrong; he dearly loved golf and made an entirely new circle of friends. He and his wife spent many wonderful days with friends on beautiful courses.
After retirement, the couple left Houston and moved to a newly acquired farm in Uvalde, where they raised show goats. Townsend loved the environment and the people he met. The family says he could hardly wait to get to the Sunrise Restaurant every morning to visit with the “early bunch.” If it happened in Uvalde, they knew it first. And, clearly, there was not a problem in this world for which they did not have a solution.
Townsend loved his sons and the men they had become; he loved their wives and considered them daughters; and he took particular pride in his four grandchildren. He admiring their individual talents, their love and respect for the outdoors, and their love of education. The family says he loved this country and the freedom and opportunities it offers, but most of all, he loved God. He saw the wonders of His creations. The family says that through all trials, he never lost faith in God’s love.
Townsend is survived by his wife, of Uvalde; three sons, Lee Townsend of Houston, Trey Abel and wife, Tonya, of Friendswood, and Heath Abel and wife, Erika, of Temple; four grandchildren, Shelby Abel, William Abel, Elli Abel and Alex Abel; one sister, Donna K. Townsend of Austin; and mother-in-law, Betty Ann Hollingsworth; and brother-in-law, Jody Hollingsworth, both of Del Rio.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center Leukemia Research, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486, (713)-792-0428; the family requests those giving please note Townsend’s name and designate the funds for leukemia research.