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Originally published: 2013-02-11 16:30:54
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Gilbert Lane Townsend

Gilbert "Gib" Lane Townsend, 83, of Horseshoe Bend Road, Hudson, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at the residence.

He was born July 19, 1929, in Watauga County to the late Lafayette and Elsie Welch Townsend. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sister, Jeanne Young; brothers, Thomas Townsend, Kenneth Townsend and Harold Townsend.

Mr. Townsend was a self-employed brick mason and was a member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Valle Crucis.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Carolyn Presnell Townsend of the home; one son, Timothy Townsend of Hudson; one daughter, Mrs. Ellen Perry and husband, Tom, of Hudson; and one sister, Carolyn Andrews of Ft. Pierce, Fla.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

A private burial will be held at Western Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645 or Harris Chapel Baptist Church Back Pack Ministry, 1444 Cajahs Mountain Road, Hudson, NC 28638.

Online condolences may be left at http://www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.