Dorris “Bill” Gail Towns
Dorris “Bill” Gail Towns, 88, of Cole Camp, died Feb. 23, 2014, at Harry S. Truman Veteran’s Hospital, Columbia. He was born on Dec. 9, 1925, in Eldon, Mo., a son of William E. and Edna D. (Vernon) Towns.
Bill lived on the Vernon family farm south of Eldon and attended Vernon School until the 8th grade. In 1943, he graduated from Eldon High School. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Navy, where he served his country on the USS LSM 498 during World War II and in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
In 1946, he attended barber school and worked as a barber in the Kansas City area. In 1950, he joined the police academy and became a Kansas City policeman, where he rose through the ranks to Sergeant, retiring in 1978 after 28 years of service. During his service as a policeman, he worked the big flood of 1951, the tornado that tore through Ruskin Heights in 1957, and the riots in 1968, as well as meeting many famous entertainers and politicians.
On October 1, 1951, in Roswell, N.M., he was united in marriage to Dorothy Nadine Parsons. This union was blessed with the gift of a son, Joseph Alan. After his retirement, the couple moved to a farm south of Cole Camp, where they lived until 1996 when they then moved to town.
He was a member of the East Gate 630 Masonic Lodge in Kansas City and of the First Baptist Church of rural Cole Camp. He spent many hours working in his wood shop, where he made toy trucks and cars that he would give to children. He enjoyed his fishing trips and playing cards and loved to visit with people at the local hang-outs and always made time to do so.
He is survived by: his wife, Nadine Towns of the home; his son, Joseph Alan Towns, a Structural Engineer, of Lee’s Summit; two grandchildren, J. Allan Towns, a Career Naval Officer, and his wife Lori of Chesapeake, Va., and C. Matthew Towns, an Attorney, and his wife Jeanne of Springfield; three great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Garrett, and Naomi.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Edna Towns, and one great-grandchild, Ande Towns.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 28, at First Baptist Church, rural Cole Camp, with Rev. Chris Nichols officiating. Committal services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday at the Eldon Cemetery, Eldon, with military honors.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time on Friday at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to First Baptist Church in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.
(Arrangements: Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp, Mo.)