Ethel Marie Townsend Norwood, age 85, of Newland, passed away Friday, April 17, 2020 at The Waters Of Roan Highlands.

The daughter of the late Joe Sidney Townsend and Geneva Teaster Townsend. She was born March 23, 1935 in Avery County, North Carolina. She was a nurses aid and a member of Banner Elk Seventh day Adventist Church.

She is survived by three sons, Danny Norwood and wife Lisa, Ronnie Norwood and wife Deborah and Stevie Norwood and wife Lisa all of Newland; three daughters, Kathy Horney and husband Jimmy of Banner Elk; Phyllis Arnette and husband Eddie of Banner Elk and Janice Norwood of Newland; two sisters, Barbara Ann Ward and husband Cecil of Banner Elk and Mary Townsend and husband Junior of Piney Creek; two brothers, Floyd Townsend and wife Edna Earle of Banner Elk and Jimmy Townsend and wife Ruby of Laurel Springs; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Junior Norwood, three sisters, Celia Norwood, Lucy Sword and Mildred Ramsey and four brothers, Dayton, Buster, Vernon and Kenneth Townsend.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Marie Townsend Norwood will be conducted Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 2:00 o'clock at Banner Elk Seventh Day Adventist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, beginning Monday at 12:00 o'clock. Burial will follow in the Townsend Cemetery. Elder Ken Hodges will officiate.

A family gathering will begin, at the church, beginning Monday at 12:00 o'clock. The number of family and guest will be limited to a maximum of 50 individuals at any one time.

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