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Terry "Chip" Townes, Southern Miss Custodian, Dies PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Terry “Chip” Townes, a custodian with The University of Southern Mississippi’s Custodial Services, died May 18 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 56.

Services will be held Thursday, May 28 at 1 p.m. at Truelight Baptist Church, 849 North Main St. in Hattiesburg, with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Century Funeral Home in Hattiesburg is in charge of arrangements.

Townes began working at Southern Miss in 1985. Co-workers remember him for being dedicated to his work and always having a smile on his face.

“He made coming to work fun,” said his supervisor Mary Griffin. “When we’d get started on a job, he’d say ‘Let’s roll!’ and everyone got in and did their part. He kept our department fired up.

“Everybody loved Terry. If you met him once you never forgot him.”

Custodial Services foreman Joe Barnett, who grew up with Townes in Hattiesburg, said his friend received rave reviews for his job performance across campus. “Once, we moved him over to the (Reed Green) Coliseum from McLemore Hall, and the people at McLemore Hall called wanting him back,” Barnett said. “His work spoke for itself.”

Townes is survived by four sisters, including Betty Taylor, Sue Rogers and Johnnie Ruth Smith, all of Hattiesburg; and Lisa Magee of Collins; and three brothers, Jeffery Hicks of Louisiana, Wayne Townes and James Rogers Jr., both of Hattiesburg.

Terry “Chip” Townes

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