Carolyn Townsend, 47, evangelist, pastorCarolyn Townsend...

February 04, 1996

Carolyn Townsend, 47, evangelist, pastor

Carolyn Townsend, an evangelist and pastor at several Baltimore churches, died Wednesday of cancer at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was 47.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she moved to Baltimore 21 years ago. She received a license to preach and was ordained at Star of Bethlehem Spiritual Temple on LaFayette Avenue in 1976 and later was an evangelist at Tindales Chapel. She frequently traveled across the country, preaching at churches.

"Her life has always been the church, from the time she was a young child," said her sister, Gwendolyn Thompson of Baltimore. "She never had formal courses in the ministry but we believed she truly was called to serve."

In 1984, Ms. Townsend joined the pastorate of Mount Calvary Holy Church on Bloomingdale Avenue.

"She was an excellent preacher, the kind where gender was never an issue," said Bishop Hansel Henry, her pastor and supervisor. Her ministry extended beyond the church, Mr. Henry said.

"People really believed in her," he said. "She didn't just preach to them. She stuck with them, came to their homes and prayed with them."

Eight years ago, Ms. Townsend moved to Columbus to assume the leadership of 300-member Mount Calvary Holy Church. A year ago, she established Glory Evangelistic Ministries in Columbus and was working to build a new church. Mr. Henry spoke to her two weeks ago about the project.

"Her whole concern was with building the church, not with her illness," he said. "She focused on the positive."

Services will be tomorrow at Greater Life Evangelistic Temple in Columbus.

Survivors include a son, Dwayne O. Townsend of Columbus; five other sisters, Yvonne Williams, Bessie Cousins, Hennis Reid, Edith Carver and Adrianne Reid, all of New York; a brother, Herbert Reid of New York; and two grandchildren.

George Hollingsworth, 84, Queen Anne's Educator

George Vickers Hollingsworth Jr., a retired Queen Anne's County educator, died Thursday of pneumonia at his home in Chestertown. The lifelong resident of the Eastern Shore was 84.

A graduate of Washington College, he began his career in 1936 as principal of Church Hill High School in Church Hill, where he was born. He later taught history at Centreville High School until his retirement in 1967. He also managed his family's farm.

Throughout his life, he pursued his interests in historic preservation, conservation and baseball.

"Whenever you met him, you learned something about politics, history or his favorite subject, baseball," said Lynn McLain, a niece.

Services are planned for 1 p.m. today at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Main Street, Church Hill.

He is survived by a brother, Colin P. Hollingsworth of Towson; a sister, Ann Hollingsworth McLain of Chestertown; and two nieces.

Donald L. Uhl, 85, steel worker

Donald L. Uhl, a retired steel worker, died yesterday of pneumonia in a nursing center in Bucyrus, Ohio. He was 85.

He had worked in construction in Baltimore for 17 years and at Bethlehem Steel for 25 years before retiring in 1972. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He was married for 37 years to Esta Paugh Uhl, who died in 1989.

Services will take place at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at Bel Air Memorial VTC Gardens, 300 Moores Mill Road, Bel Air.

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