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9222 Flatlands Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Phone: 718-257-2890
Fax: 718-257-4895
Henry Towns

Henry Melvin Towns Sr.

Wednesday, August 10th, 1932 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
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Henry Melvin Towns Sr. was born on August 10th 1932 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the youngest of three children born to Henry H and Christola Towns. Henry lost his mother around the age of two, so his father moved him and his two sisters Althea and Phyllis who both preceded him in death to Brooklyn, New York. Henry's father passed away when he was nine years old. His Aunt Carrie Gillis who preceded him in death raised Henry and his sisters.

Henry was educated in the public schools of New York City and graduated from Boys High School. Henry also served with honest and faithful service with the National Guard of the United States of America. Henry was a hard worker. He started working at nine years old at the neighborhood pharmacy. He continued working at the pharmacy even when he began working for the MTA. First as a track man, next as a conductor and last as a motorman. Henry retired from the MTA but went on to work for the New York City school system.

On August 18, 1960 Henry was united in holy matrimony to Eunice Richardson. From this union they were blessed with three children. Laura Kay who preceded him in death, Diane Lenore and Henry Melvin Jr. a.k.a. Skip. Henry was a good neighbor, a wonderful husband, father and friend. In his words: "If you want something, you have to work for it and respect what you have."

On May 2, 2020 Henry was called home. Henry leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Eunice: daughter Diane L. Towns; son Henry M. Towns Jr. four granddaughters Brittany Williams. Nicole Williams. Maya Waters and Oona Waters; two great grandsons Darnell Evans Jr. and Joell Evans, two son-in-laws; Hugh Williams and David Waters and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many other relatives and friends.

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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 1st, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Monday, June 1st, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Guarino Funeral Home
    9222 Flatlands Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11236
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  • Service

    Monday, June 1st, 2020 |
    Monday, June 1st, 2020
    Guarino Funeral Home
    9222 Flatlands Avenue
    BROOKLYN, NY 11236
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    With profound sorrow, Henry Towns Sr. passed away on May 2nd 2020. He lived at 1540 E 102nd street for 55 years. He was known, respected and loved by many. He will be greatly missed. Henry will be laid to rest on June 1st at Guarino Funeral Home. Due to the Pandemid funeral restrictions, there will be a private service. Condolences and well wishes can be sent to the Guarino Funeral Home website Found under obituaries and tributes. The family thanks you for your continued thoughts and prayers
  • Interment

    Rosehill Cemetery
    E Linden Avenue
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Our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers for the Towns family. Not many people can say they knew someone who lived life with dignity, responsibility, and with devotion to family, friends and community. It is sad to accept that a good soul like Henry Towns has left us. He will be greatly missed and cherished in our hearts.
Our loving prayers go out to Eunice and family. May God hold all of you at this painful time. May He give you comfort and strength, and may His love and peace help you heal.
With Our Sincerest Sympathy,
Clarence and Jeanine Frazier


Posted at 08:55pm
My sincerest condolences to you all. a great man like Mr. Towns leaves behind a great void. He was smart. kind and understanding, even to those children that were not his own. I remember him playing handball with us, he was pretty good (smile). Always helpful and a great neighbor. A great man creates a great family and that's what you all are. Love you all.

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