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Dennis Clinton Towns (07-09-2015)
Photo of Dennis Clinton TownsDennis Clinton Towns
was born on December 5,
1918, at his family’s log
home in the Litroe community,
just south of the
Arkansas state line. He
was the second child and
second son of Mary Estelle
Vines and Oliver
Dennis “Ollie” Towns. He
was given his fathers middle
name as his fi rst name
and his middle name was
the middle name of his
maternal grandfather,
Larkin Clinton Vines.
He was preceded in
birth by Oliver Elton Towns and was followed in birth
by a sister, Mary Eloise Towns, and a brother, Leonard
Vines Towns.
Dennis graduated from Marion High School on June 2,
1938, and left home in search of new opportunities. The
fi rst was in Alexandria with his paternal aunt Lula Towns-
Watson. He later moved to Shreveport in 1941, where he
worked with Alvin and Elvin Barham. They introduced
him to their sister, Estelle Viola Barham, in May of 1942.
Dennis and Estelle, born October 12, 1919, at Bradley,
Ark., were married on October 10, 1942, in the parsonage
of the 1st Baptist Church of Shreveport by the pastor of
the church, the Rev. Dr. M.E. Dodd. When Estelle died in
at the age of 86 years, 3 months on 11 January 2006, they
had been married 63 years, 2 months and 28 days. Dennis
and Estelle had three children – Oliver Dennis Towns Sr.,
Susan Diane Towns and Patricia Carolyn Towns.
Dennis was drafted as part of the buildup for World
War II and inducted on November 21, 1942. He reported
for service on November 30, 1942. Although newly married
and he and his wife were expecting their fi rst child,
he willingly went to serve his country. While he was
serving in Burma and India, his son was born. With the
war against the Nazi’s and Japanese won, Dennis was
discharged, as a corporal, from service, April 18, 1946, as
part of the WWII Demobilization.
The couple moved back to Litroe in 1946, where Dennis
was employed as a union iron worker. While living
in Litroe, his two daughters were born.
In 1950, he enrolled at Arkansas A&M University at
Monticello, where he studied forestry and agriculture.
In 1952, he transferred to Louisiana Tech University
where the family lived in the veteran’s student housing
complex known as “Vetville.” He graduated from Tech in
1955 with a major in agriculture and a minor in forestry.
Dennis and family returned to Shreveport in 1960
where he worked as a supervisor with the Louisiana Department of Health, retiring in 1990.
In May of 2012, his health dictated he move to the
Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Bossier
City, where he remained until his death.
Dennis was a longtime member of the masonic fraternity,
a Master Mason, a 33rd Degree York Rite Mason
and a Shriner.
He is survived by: His three children - Col. (USAF Ret.)
Oliver Dennis Towns Sr. and wife Louise Pilgreen-Towns
of Shreveport, Susan Towns-Pardue and husband R. Elton
Pardue of Farmerville and Patricia Towns-Araktingi
and husband Dr. Ivan Araktingi of San Francisco; three
grandchildren – Carol Towns-Williams and husband, Lt
Col. (USAF Ret.) Craig L. Williams, Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.)
Oliver Dennis Towns Jr. and wife Jennifer Block-Towns
and Ivan Araktingi Jr. and wife Beth; a brother Leonard
Vines Towns; a sister Mary Eloise Towns-Barham; fi ve
great grandchildren – Jessica Lee Williams, Austin Craig
Williams, Olivia Louise Towns, Dennis Courtney Towns,
Luke Araktingi; as well as nieces and nephers and many
nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2015,
at the First Baptist Church Marion, from 4-7 p.m.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
July 11, 2015, at the Union Cemetery in Sadie .