Alvin Monroe Towns, Jr.

December 30, 1946June 11, 2014
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Alvin Monroe Towns, Jr., 67, died 11 June 2014. He was born 30 Dec 1946 in Jacksonville, FL to Norma L. Smith and Alvin Monroe Towns, Sr. He lived all of his life in Jacksonville except for the times he was in college. Al graduated from DuPont High School, Jacksonville in 1964 and attended Mercer University before transferring to St. Johns River Jr. College in Palatka. While attending St. Johns, he met his future wife, Nancy Parish. He graduated from St. Johns and transferred to Florida State University. He and Nancy married while they were seniors at FSU on 8 June 1969. They received their B.S. degrees together in 1970 and after graduating he taught children with Physical Handicaps in Duval Co. He and Nancy returned to FSU and received their M.S. degrees together in 1973. He supervised Special Education teachers in South Georgia while completing the coursework for his Doctorate at FSU. They made Jacksonville their permanent home in 1975 and he was appointed a State Farm Insurance Agent in August 1976. He was a State Farm Agent from that time until 28 Feb 2010. On 1 Mar 2010 he opened an Independent Agency. He remained at the San Marco Blvd. location that his father occupied as an insurance agent since 1958. He is survived by his wife, daughter, Kristen T. Osorio, and her husband, Stephen Osorio, son, Steven J. Towns, and his wife, Libby Towns, granddaughters, Adela A. Osorio and Charlotte A. Towns, and grandson, Kellan W. Osorio. He is also survived by sisters, Jane T. Robinson and Kathy T. Risher, and her husband, Rob Risher, brother, Victor J. Towns, sister-in-law, Frances P. Nichols, and her husband, Jim Nichols, and sister-in-law, Margie P. Smith. Other family members include nieces and nephews, Daniel E. Robinson, Jennifer Robinson, Maria Risher, Justin Risher, Denise B. Montague, Charles Montague, Allison B. Hall, Chris Hall, Tara Cantrell, and Diane Coffin. He is also survived by his aunt, Anne L. Towns, cousin, Richard Martin and his wife, Linda Martin, great aunt, Naomi W. Watson, and several great nieces and nephews. In addition to his work with children with Special Needs, Al was a Boy Scout Master for over 10 years. He also served many years as District Commissioner for the Riverbend District and was on the Safety Committee for the North Florida Council. While he was a Scout Master, 11 boys attained the rank of Eagle. He also became a member of the Order of the Arrow. He was a member of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church and served over 12 years as a Sanctuary Choir Member, was in the Handbell Choir, and served several times a Deacon. He was a member of Barnett Lodge F&AM #187 and was a Past Master and Treasurer of the Lodge. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite, and the Morocco Shrine. As a member of the Shrine he was in the Morocco Patrol and served as the Captain in 2009. He was a member of the Royal Order of the Jesters. He was awarded Lifetime membership in the Southside Businessmen’s Club and was a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the University Club. He was a long-time member of the National Seminole Boosters and the Jacksonville Seminole Boosters. His other interests were Jaguars’ football and traveling. A service honoring the life of Al Towns will be held Friday, 13 June 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will follow the service at Oaklawn Cemetery. He requested donations to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or to Hendricks Words of comfort can be left at Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 4115 Hendricks Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32207. (904) 346-3808.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 13, 2014

Alvin Monroe Towns, Jr.

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James Hodges

June 19, 2014

James and Ann hodges are sincerely sorry for the lost of a dear friend of the Shriners. You will bee missed greatly.

Flash Gordon Schwartz

June 18, 2014

To the family: We will keep you all in prayer. We were deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Al was truly a great man and I enjoyed being around him. Please remember this is just a passing from one life to the next and we will all see him again int he future. He is happy, healthy and safe in God's loving arms. Flash

Paytra Stein

June 16, 2014

Max and I are thinking about your family and sending prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss!

June 14, 2014

So sorry to hear the news of Al's passing. He was our agent and family's agent for over 30 years. A truly sincere person, and he will be missed.
Bill and Mary Haddad

Mark Crawford

June 13, 2014

Al, I will remember you as a man of integrity and compassion. My family first came to know your father back in the 1950's and were always impressed by the way he embraced his clients, after you took the reins in the 1970's, I had the opportunity to get to know you. I always felt welcome when I called you, you helped me through many tragic times in my life always with grace and patience. The earth has lost another angel. God bless you and your family always.

June 13, 2014

So sorry for your loss. Al was our Agent taking over for his dad with State Farm up to and including now. He will be missed by many. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Donald & Patricia Davis

Mauricio Osorio

June 13, 2014

Thanks Al for your service to the community and to our families. We will never forget the help you afforded us when my father passed away those many years ago. GodSpeed my brother

Mike Bruce

June 12, 2014

Brother Al, you will be missed by the whole Lodge. It was a pleasure to have known you. My condolences to your family and to all who you have inspired. Rest Easy

Billy Moses

June 11, 2014

Enjoy the streets of Gold W. Al. It was a pleasure meeting you and getting to know you at William B. Barnett Lodge #187 F AM. Thanks for you service to the brotherhood. I will say until we meet again. Prayers for the family, provide comfort and peace of Lord. Amen SMIB