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Philip Arden Townes

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Philip Arden Townes Sr., 69, of Bryans Road Philip Arden Townes Sr., 679, of Bryans Road died Sept. 7, 2002, at his home. He retired in 1989 as chief of the photographic services division of the Visual Information Center, Department of the Army at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He lived in Indian Head and graduated from Lackey High school in 1952. He was a charter member of the Indian Head Volunteer Fire Department, and attended Salisbury State Teachers College. He was called to active duty in 1953 and served during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy. He moved to Potomac Heights after being discharged from the Navy in 1955, and was elected president of the homeowners association. He later moved to Bryans Road and became involved with Scouting activities and the Bryans Road Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad 1962. He was an instructor of first aid for the American Red Cross and served in the capacity of rescue captain, secretary and treasurer and member at large of the board of directors for more than 15 years. Born May 26, 1933, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Stanmore B. Townes and the late Olyne Townes. He is survived by his wife, Anne Townes of Bryans Road; sons, Mark Townes of Sequim, Wash., David P. Townes of Tacoma, Wash., and Philip A. Townes Jr. of Waldorf; daughter, Susan M. Townes Cox of Waldorf; brothers, Franklin S. Townes of Accokeek, James C. Townes of Fort Washington and Addison D. Townes of Bowie; grandchildren, Ashleigh, Kayleigh, Tyler, Jessica and Peyton; daughter-in-law, Melanie Townes; son-in-law, Charles Cox; and sisters-in-law, Rose Marie and Shirley Townes. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Bryans Road Fire Department, Bryans Road. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at Sacred Heart Church. The Rev. William Goode will officiate. Burial will take place at Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf. Pallbearers will be members of the fire department. Memorial contributions may be made to Bryans Road VFD and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 111, Bryans Road, Md. 20616 or Hospice of Charles County, P.O. Box 1703, La Plata, Md. 20646. Arrangements are being handled by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata.

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