William H. “”Buck”” Townes, Macomb, Oklahoma was born May 16, 1926 in Clarksville, Texas. He went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.William H. “”Buck”” Townes was a retired Agriculture Education Instructor, a World War II and Korean War Veteran. He graduated from Wilburton High School. Buck joined the Navy and served two years during World War II. He then attended Oklahoma A & M (Oklahoma State University) and while attending was called back into the Navy for two more years and fought in the Korean War. Buck served as a Seaman First Class during his military service and earned the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the Philippine Liberation Campaign Ribbon 1 Star. After being honorably discharged from the Navy he returned to Oklahoma A & M and received his Bachelors and Master in Agriculture Education.Buck??s first and only teaching job was at Macomb High School where he was the Agriculture Instructor for 34 years. His career began in 1954. His philosophy as, “”Kids are the most important commodity we have and should be ranked first.”” During his time at Macomb High School he served as Senior Sponsor many times. Mr. Townes was elected by his peers twice as Vice President of Oklahoma Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association (Professional Improvement Groups). Buck was honored as Show Honoree for 2011 Pottawatomie County Junior Livestock Show. He was an honorary 4H Member and received numerous 4H appreciation plaques and certificates. Buck was privileged to be his son??s Ag teacher and to see Frank be honored with the State Farmers Degree. During his 34 years as an Ag Teacher he touched the lives of hundreds of young men and women. His daughter, Treisa, also taught at Macomb for 32 years in the elementary schools from 1974 to 2005 and said it was a good time because some of those years she spent teaching at the same school with her father. Buck was a mentor to numerous graduates that followed in his footsteps becoming successful Ag Instructors.Buck was A 33 Degree Mason, member of the Macomb Masonic Lodge 310 Scottish Rites Temple in McAlester Valley, Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oklahoma Retired Teachers Association, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Macomb 4H Club, and Oklahoma Agriculture Association. He served as Worshipful Master for the Macomb Masonic Lodge numerous times. Buck served as Associate Patron and Worthy Patron of the Murrow Chapter, Shawnee (which later consolidated with the McCloud Chapter) of the Order of the Eastern Star serving alongside his loving, devoted wife and precious daughter. Mr. Townes devoted his life giving unselfishly of himself for the betterment of the youth of Pottawatomie County. He is greatly respected and held in high esteem by his former students, parents, and peers. He was truly a leader in his community.Buck married Betty Lee Moran on January 3, 1946. They were married 60 years until she went to be with the Lord in 2005. He was devoted husband, loving father, and excellent provider. After his retirement in 1988 he stayed active tending to the family farm and helping people in his community. Buck was a man full of Wisdom and if ask he would be more than willing to share any knowledge he had. He gave guidance to many.
Buck is survived by his devoted daughter, Treisa Ann Townes, of the home; one granddaughter, Heather Rhea Townes Capron and husband, Eric, of Prague, OK; one great-grandson, William Capron, of Prague, OK; two sisters, Ina Townes Voss, of Trinity, TX and Nancy Townes Bartholf, of Antioch, CA; one very special daughter that he helped raise, Mary Billingsley and husband John, of McAlester, OK; a special grandson, J.W. Billingsey (whom he shared his birthday); a special granddaughter, Norma Billingsley Dellinger.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty; devoted son, Frank Louis Townes; parents, John Edward and Mary (Whitsell) Townes; brother, Wayne Townes.
Pallbearers are John Cope, Charles Ray Coleman, Sonny Humphrey, Leroy Skinner, Charles Alkire and John Billingsley.Honorary Pallbearers are Terry Middleton, Wesley Brooks, Roy Mac Hammons, Robert Denny, Gary Cantrell, Joe Mayfield, Masonic Lodge Brothers and Former Ag Students.The Townes family would like to give a special “”Thanks”” to DR. Kelli D. Koons and the Heartland Hospice Staff for their excellent care given our Dad.
Also a very special thanks to those that assisted daily with Dad??s care giving. The calls, words of encouragement, and willingness to help at any time was greatly appreciated by his daughter. Treisa will never forget your acts of kindness and compassion during hers and Dads time of need.
Visitation began at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2012 and will continue through time of service. Service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 27, 2012 at Cooper Funeral Home with Reverend Mike Craig officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie View Cemetery in Macomb under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.