Mary Lou Carpenter Townsend, 100, of Granite Falls, passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at UNC Healthcare, Lenoir.

Mrs. Townsend was born April 13, 1922, in Avery County, NC.    She was the daughter of the late Mr. Carpenter and Brady Carpenter.  She was a member of Rhodhiss First Baptist Church. She enjoyed shopping, sewing, and staying home to be with her family.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Townsend Sr.; daughter, Joyce Hice, granddaughter, Dana Pearson, grandsons, Tim Hice and Chandler Aldridge; great-grandson, Adam Hice; siblings, Charlie David Sullivan, Fannie Eller, Bertha Peacot, J.R. Carpenter and Fred Carpenter.

Survivors include her daughters, Libby Pope (Floyd) and Teresa Townsend Aldridge; son Virgil Townsend Jr. (Linda); grandchildren, Teena Wilds, Tammy Weaver, Tonya Bradshaw, Amanda Townsend, Jacob Townsend, Mary Katherine Aldridge, Kevin Hice; thirteen great-grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2022, 2:00 PM at Rhodhiss First Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Miller officiating.

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Mackie Funeral Service & Cremations is serving the family.