Robert John "Bobby John" Towns, 85, recently of Cypress, passed away surrounded by his family on June 15, 2013.
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Bobby John was born on Oct. 14, 1927, in Tyler, where he lived most of his life. He graduated from Tyler High School and Tyler Commercial College. He was a Christian and a lifelong Baptist.
He served in the Navy during World War II. He also served in the Army, where he enlisted March 5, 1952, after receiving a perfect score on the armed forces qualification exam. He also served during the Korean War. He was married to Maynell Latham, his wife of 61 years, on May 31, 1952.
Bobby John is survived by his wife Maynell; his son, David Towns and David's wife Mamie. He also is survived by his daughter, Sherry Towns; by grandchildren, Kristin and Rob Huppe, Lauren Haddock, Rebecca and Jeremy Otey, Molly Haddock, Aaron Haddock, Diana Towns, Randy Towns and Ryan Haddock. He is survived by his great-grandchildren, Elijah Schrack, Zachary Huppe, Luke Huppe, Toriana Harris and Evyn Otey, and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Tipton and Leola Irwin Towns; his brothers, Billy Joe Towns and Charles Irwin Towns; and his granddaughter, Jennifer Maynell Towns. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.
Bobby John worked as a health inspector for 15 years until his retirement. He loved traveling, enjoyed watching sports and was an accomplished Domino player. He was an avid reader and an excellent cook. He enjoyed grocery shopping. He was a math whiz, known at the local store for giving his filled-in check to the cashier before his cart load of groceries was scanned. He made many grocery trips for home-bound friends while he was able.
A special thank you to Altus Hospice, The Woodlands, and Open Arms Senior Care for their loving care and support.
Visitation will be at Burks Walker Tippit on Monday, June 17, 2013, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Burks Walker Tippit on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 2:30 pm. Dr. Mark Braaten of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church will be officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County, 211 Winchester, Tyler, 75701, 903-509-8323; The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701, 903-266-3400 or 800-777-9860; Altus Hospice, 1525 Lake Front Circle, Suite 1, The Woodlands, 77380, 1-855-583-5455.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 17, 2013