Robert "Bobby" Forrest Towns

March 17, 1938February 10, 2015

Robert Forrest Towns, 76, of Athens, GA passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Born in Elberton, GA on March 17, 1938, Bobby was the son of the late Forrest Grady Towns and Martha Elizabeth Eberhardt, and was preceded in death by daughter Leslie Hamilton Towns. He graduated from Athens High School as valedictorian. He graduated from the University of Georgia with BBA and MBA degrees, where he was Distinguished Military Graduate, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Scabbard and Blade, Georgia Football Lettermen’s Club, “G” Club, Gridiron Secret Society, and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. At UGA, he lettered in football and track. He played football in the NFL. Towns was a retired from AFLAC, and retired from the United States Army with the rank of Colonel. He served on numerous community charitable boards in Columbus and Athens. Towns officiated SEC Football for 30 years, and was inducted into the Athens Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a member of National Society Sons of the American Revolution, serving as Historian General. He was also a member of the General Society Sons of the Revolution, Colonial Wars, and War of 1812, Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge, Magna Charta Barons, Order of Founders of North America, and Military Order of Stars and Bars. He was a member of Athens First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Robin Redfearn Towns of Athens; children Forrest Craig Towns (Havilyn), Gainesville; Ashley Towns Carter (Christopher), Athens, and Kirby Matthew Towns (Kathryn), Evans; brother Preston Eugene Towns (Julie), Loganville; and grandchildren Sarah Moe, Forrest Towns, Julianna Towns, Marimartin Towns, Matthew Carter, Leslie Carter, Lauren Carter, Lovett Towns, and Bonnell Towns.

A memorial service will be held 5 PM Friday, February 13th in the chapel at Bernstein Funeral Home with Rev. COL Clifford C. Lowery officiating. The visitation will be held from 3-5 PM prior to the service at Bernstein Funeral Home, with private interment at Oconee Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Mary’s Hospice House, P.O. Box 6588, Athens, GA 30604.

Online condolences may be offered at

Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 13, 2015

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, February 13, 2015


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Larry Flowers

April 15, 2015

Robin, I just heard that Bobby passed. You and yours will be in mine and Barbara's prayers. He was a great man and I loved him.

Fritz & Helen von Richthofen

March 1, 2015

Dear Robin and family,
What a shock to hear that Bobby passed away! We did not know that he had been sick. We want to send our love and sympathy at this difficult time. There are many hearts that ache for you at this time of loss, and though no one can take away your sorrow, may the support and concern of others help give you the strength you need.

February 22, 2015

Dear Robin,
Roy and I are so very sorry to hear about Bobby. You are in our prayer especially during these difficult times

Evelyn Reece

February 18, 2015

Dear Robin,
We are so sorry to hear about your husband, Bobby. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Jon Hunt

February 17, 2015

Worked with Bobby in the Army Reserve units in Athens. So sorry for your loss.

Sherry Montgomery

February 17, 2015

Ms. Robin, I'm sorry about Mr. Bobby. My prayers are with you and your family. Regards, Sherry

Katie Towns

February 16, 2015

Uncle Bobby, you were a great man.You will be missed!

February 14, 2015

Robin, We found out this morning at the Kettle Creek ceremony about Bobby, our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Mike and Sniggy Eskew, Washington

Jane and T McFerrin

February 14, 2015

We are sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you and comfort you.

Weymanda Casper

February 14, 2015

The family of Weyman Sellers sends our deepest sympathy in the passing of Bobby.May God comfort you in this difficult time.


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