Townsend, 62, of
He and his family were loyal
Thomas pursued a degree in
Mechanical Arts and Drafting from the
For many years he was a
member of the Evansville Rolling Thunder Wheelchair basketball team and the
very successful Rolling Thunder chili cookoff teams
winning many competitions. He was one of the leaders in the Indiana Pacers
Wheelchair basketball squads and frequently encouraged young people in events
of athletic competition. He was a coach for the Lakeview Optimist T-Ball competition
and an adult leader of the Boy Scout Troop in
Ever a proponent of public accommodations for the disabled, in the early 1990s Thomas spearheaded a fundraising drive to create brick and concrete sidewalk curb cuts on all the sidewalk cross walks surrounding the town square in Princeton and always remained very proud of this accomplishment.
Thomas was preceded in death several years ago by his parents, Alvies and Ruth Townsend of Princeton and formerly of Evansville, sister Merideth Townsend Moore and Eugene Moore of Fort Smith, Ark., also formerly of Evansville.
He is succeeded by his wife, Donna (Smith) Townsend of Princeton, sister Judy (Townsend) Burns and nephew Michael Caley and his children Austin and Grace Caley, all of Dallas, Texas; nephew Christopher Moore of Fort Smith, niece Christina (Caley) Turner with her children Samantha (Killion) Harrell, Andrea and Cassandra Killion and grandson Isaiah Gomez all of Evansville; mother-in-law Joan Smith of Chatham, Ill., brothers-in-law Kent Smith of Johnstown, Ohio, and Dennis Smith of Springfield, Ill. and sister-in-law Elaine Smith Green of Springfield.
A memorial observance will be held from to Saturday, Feb. 25 at Alexander West Chapel.