Born Sunday, February 2, 1936
Died Sunday, January 9, 2022
Leo Townsell was born on February 2, 1936, to Dan and Willie Neal Townsell, who had 10 children. The last two children born were twins, Leo and Alonzo Sr., in the town of Red Bird, OK.
Leo attended Miller Washington School, grades 1–12. After graduating high school, he attended Langston University, which is known as a Historical Black College University. At Langston University, he was an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Upon graduating from college, Leo joined the U. S. Army. After leaving enlisted service, he went to work for the Army Corp of Engineers. Later he was employed by IBM as a computer programmer analyst for 21 years, from which he retired at the age of 55 years old. Leo and his wife, Alberta, moved back to their hometown of Red Bird, OK, where he eventually became the Mayor, serving from 2007 to 2018.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Willie Neal Townsell; his siblings, one who died in infancy, Jessie, Samuel, Arlene, Wilma, Vesta B, and Alonzo Sr. (Leo’s twin).
Our father’s memory continues to live on in the hearts of those who remain: his loving wife of 57 years, Alberta Townsell; his two living siblings, Christella, who is over 100 years old, and Gertrude, who is in her 90s; his children, Kevin, Rebecca, Roberta, Christine, Marcus, and Detrich; grandchildren, Terrell, Davon, Terrence, and Imani; great-grandchildren, Jerome, I’anna, Brentley, and Kingsley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A Home Going Celebration will be conducted, Friday, January 14, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. in the Precious Memories Chapel of House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee. Interment will be in Barber cemetery, Red Bird, OK. Public visitation, Thursday, Jan. 13th in Precious Memories Chapel, during the hours of 1:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M.
Military Honors provided by American Legion Post #20 Ft Gibson, OK
MASKS wearing is encouraged at all services
The family has been cared for by House of Winn Funeral Home-Muskogee.