Melvin Evander Townsend, 77, of Wesson, passed away Nov. 3, 2019, at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Brookhaven.

Services were 2 p.m. Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home in Gloster, with the Rev. Butch Simmons officiating. Burial was in Roseland Cemetery in Gloster.

Mr. Townsend was born Jan. 18, 1942, the son of Austin Evander Townsend and Mary Bell Townsend.

Melvin was in the cattle business most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Sandra Smith Townsend.

He is survived by two sons, Karl Townsend and David Townsend; four brothers, Felton Townsend, James Town-send, Willie Townsend and Marlin Townsend; one sister, Audrey Covington; four grandchildren, Kennedy, Hunter, Alyson and Dakota; one great-granddaughter, Adalynn; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Felton Townsend, Marlin Town-send, Willie Townsend, James Townsend, Glenn Gautreaux and Ellis Stuart. Honorary pallbearers were Brian Hurst, Seth Brabham, Roy Smith and Cameron Jackson.

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