The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday December 30, 1950
Funeral Wednesday For Ex-Street Commissioner
          Charles Towns, 73, former Shelbyville street commissioner and a lifelong resident of Shelby county died at 3:15 p.m. yesterday.  He was a retired farmer and grain buyer and resided at 225 North Pike street.
          Born in Marion township July 5, 1877, son of  James and Cynthia (Rhoades) Towns.  Married June 5, 1897  Carrie Nading  who died in 1930.
          Surviving are seven children, four sons and three daughters:  Mrs. T. J. Hargadon, El Monte, California,  Mrs. Chandos Bates  and  Mrs. Cecil Shadley, both of Shelbyville,  Charles E.  of Rushville,  Hal M. of Danville, Illinois, and  Virgil S.  and  Jack W. Towns  both of Indianapolis.  Eleven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; four sisters,  Mrs. Nellie Jones  with whom he resided,  Mrs. William Coers  of Shelby township, and  Mrs. Perry Golding  and  Mrs. A. F. Talbert  of Shelbyville; three brothers,  Sylvester, of Union township and  Rev. Jesse Towns, and  James Towns, both of Indianapolis.  One sister and two grandchildren preceded in death.
          He was a member of the old Marion Methodist church and the Masonic lodge of Morristown.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Ewing Mortuary with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed Barb Huff  for Rod Guilderson

The  Shelbyville  News
August 10, 1950
Lifelong Union Township Woman
Dies Unexpectedly
          Mrs. Ida Jane Towns, lifelong resident of Union township, died at her home Monday night at 10:30 o'clock.  Although she had been ill for the past two weeks, death caused by a circulatory ailment was unexpected.
          The daughter of  J. P. Wicker  and  Cynthia (Carmony) Wicker,  she was born in Union township on October 19, 1873.  She was a member of the Little Blue River Baptist Church and the Aid and Mission Society of the church.
          ON  APRIL  12,  1896,  she was married to  Albert Towns  who survives with two of three children born to the union,  Mrs. Ila Brown  and  Mrs. Pauline Linville  of rural route 1.  Also surviving are four grandchildren and two brothers,  Charles Wicker  of Arlington and  Cyrus Wicker  of Lafayette.
          Funeral services, in charge of the Rev. Jesse J. McKeny, will be held at the Little Blue River Church Thursday at 10:30 a.m.  Interment will be in the Bennett cemetery.  Friends may call at the Carmony Funeral Home on W. Broadway after noon Wednesday.
Contributed Anne Ruby

A  Shelby County  Newspaper
March 19, 1936
Morristown Woman Survived byTwo Daughters;
Funeral Saturday
          Mrs. Elvira Towns, 84 years old, widow of  William Towns, died at her home in Morristown at 7:00 o'clock Thursday night after a long illness.
          The deceased was born in Shelby county in 1852, the daughter of  Jesse and Cornelia (Nigh) Rhodes.  She was married to Mr. Towns on Jan. 18, 1870.   His death occurred in 1902.  Four children were born, two of whom survive.
          Mrs. Towns was a member of the Morristown M. E. church.
          Surviving are two daughters,  Mrs. A. M. Christian, of Indianapolis;  Mrs. W. C. Williams, of Morristown; two grandchildren,  William Cotton, of Indianapolis;  Mrs. Gerald Zike, of Morristown, and two brothers,  Alonzo Rhodes  and  Charles Rhodes, of north of Shelbyville.  One great grandchild also survives.
Contributed by Anne Ruby

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday September 29, 1904
Page 1 column 2
          Mrs. Cynthia Towns, age 54 years, died at her residence one-fourth mile south of Mt. Carmel church, in Hanover township, Sunday, at 12:30 p.m.  The funeral services will be held on Tuesday at the church in Marion, Rev. Alonzo Myers officiating.  Her husband  James Towns, died six years ago.  Mrs. Towns was a daughter of  Mrs. Cornelia Rhoads  of west Franklin street, her father, Jesse Rhoads  died about three years ago.  Mrs. Towns leaves surviving her, six daughters, four sons, two sisters, three brothers and her mother.  Interment will be made at the cemetery near Marion.
Contributed Barb Huff  for Rod Guilderson

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday April 18, 1895
Page 1 column 8
          James Towns  died at his home, two miles east of this place, on Sunday morning at 3:30 o'clock.  He was born in Shelby county in 1847 and was a soldier in the late war.  In his death we lose a worthy citizen and one who had many friends all over the country.  His death was a great shock to his family and relatives as he was thought not to be seriously ill until a few hours before death.  The funeral occurred from the M. E. church, at this place, Monday, at two p.m., Rev. M. A. Farr officiating.  Services were conducted at the grave.  Cummins & Edwards had charge of the remains.
Contributed Barb Huff  for Rod Guilderson

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 11, 1895
Page 3 column 3
          James Town died at his home one and a half mile northeast of Marion at 3:30 a.m. Sunday April 7, of lung fever, age 48 years and 4 months.  Funeral services were held in the M. E. Church in Marion at 2 p.m. Monday, Rev. M.A. Farr officiating.  Interment in the Marion Cemetery under auspices of Dumont Post 18, G.A.R., of this city.  Cummins & Edwards had charge.
Contributed Barb Huff  for Rod Guilderson

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