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Monty George Townsend, Jr

May 23, 1950 December 22, 2018
Monty George Townsend, Jr
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Monty George Townsend, Jr. was born to the late Monty and Ellen Townsend on May 23, 1950 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the fourth of six children. Monty accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He was educated in the Cleveland Public School System. At the age of 5 he met his lifelong best friend, Gerald Shields. Monty attended John F. Kennedy High School and wrote the school song The Alma Mater. He graduated from JFK in January of 1969. Monty discovered that he possessed many talents at a young age and enjoyed blessing people with his works. He and Gerald, along with Burnes Hairston and Cornell Wells (deceased) formed a singing group called the Reflections. The group was known for their sharp outfits, meticulous dance moves, and tight harmony. Their friendship lasted a lifetime.
While attending JFK, Monty became good friends with Yvonne R. Johnson. Over time, this friendship blossomed into romance and on April 29, 1972 the two were wed. Two children were born to this union: Mistee and Monty III. Monty was a very loving and doting husband and father. To him, everyone was family. The neighborhood children affectionately referred to him as Mr. Monty and considered him the Neighborhood Dad. It was not unusual for Monty to set up the TV in his backyard and pop a batch of his famous “Killer Corn” popcorn, make a big pitcher of Kool-Aid, and invite all the friends of his children over for a good time.
Monty made a living as a machinist, but he also earned money from his artistic abilities. He created many works of art for newspaper and magazine publications. On October 5, 1978 he was featured on Afternoon Exchange to display his paintings and drawings. Many prestigious individuals sought Monty to paint portraits of them. He was solicited for a potential job as an artist for the late, great Muhammed Ali…but he declined the offer because he felt his family needed him more.
Monty and his family attended Lee Heights Community Church. He was a member of the Lee Heights Gospel Choir as well as the Lee Heights Men’s Choir. He traveled all over the country with the Gospel Choir singing at various churches and events. In the early 1990’s, Monty ventured onto the karaoke scene. He made his first debut at The Mo and Jo Show, and after everyone heard his velvet, bass voice he became a Cleveland legend. Also in the 90’s, Monty tried his hand at acting and found he had a natural talent for that as well. Monty later found that he loved singing country music and briefly pursued that dream, having sung numerous times in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry. He was eventually offered a record deal, but once again declined because of his mother’s failing health. Monty moved in with his mother and cared for her for 12 years before she went home to be with the Lord.
Monty loved sacrificially, selflessly, and unconditionally. He was the epitome of love. He never put his own needs before anyone…right up until the very end. He never complained despite his physical ailments. He felt it was his mission to spread love and cheer everywhere he went, and he always did it with a bright, infectious smile. On December 22, 2018 Monty was rewarded for his years of service in the Lord by being welcomed home to heaven. He was preceded in death by his parents (Monty and Ellen), his brother (Freddie Landers), and his nephew (Akil Herbert). He leaves to mourn his passing the mother of his children (Yvonne); two children (Mistee and Monty III); 4 honorary children (Melanie, Ashlee, Rachel and Robert D’Onofrio) and their mother (Sharon); 4 grandchildren (Ashirae’, Dae’Shon, Tae’lore, and Dennis Brown) 2 great-grandchildren (Amaya and Londyn Brown), 4 sisters (Luisa Herbert, Jean (Phil) Payne, and Cheryl (Frank) Smith, and Sandra Townsend), and a host of other relatives and friends.



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