David James Townsend
David James Townsend, 80, of 326 Schneider Dr., Fort Walton Beach, passed away Friday, July 3, 2009 at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.
David was born Dec. 8, 1928, in Baltimore, Md., a son of the late James Alfred and Mary Alice Litzan Townsend.
David served in the United States Air Force as a tech sergeant. He sold produce locally and was affectionately known as the "Tomato Man." He was a member of the Oakland Assembly of God. His family remembers him as an honest and hard-working man. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
He is preceded in death by one brother: John Townsend, and one stepson: Bobby Kennedy Sr.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 38 years, Alta Scroggins Townsend  of Fort Walton Beach, one stepson: Richard Kennedy and his wife, Sandra of Navarre, one stepdaughter: Kathryn Johnson of Pace, Fla. , nine grandchildren: Barbara Hawthorne and her husband Dean of Milton, Linda Duncan and her husband Mike of North Carolina, Bobby Kennedy Jr. of Crestview, Matthew Kennedy of Milton, Sarah Kennedy of Pensacola, Carol Daw and her husband Jimmy of Pace, Christa Harder and her husband Ben of Dayton, Ohio, Christopher Kennedy of Navarre, Jason Kennedy of Navarre, 17 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Mr. Townsend is also survived by his half brothers, Jim Townsend, George Townsend, and Bill Townsend all of Camden, N.J.
A funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2009 in the chapel of Emerald Coast Funeral Home. 113 Racetrack Rd. NE, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547. The Rev. Joe Maxwell will be officiating. Burial will follow in Beal Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Monday, July 6, 2009 at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at: www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Northwest Florida Daily News on 7/5/2009