2017-09-28 / Obituaries

William Marks Towles 111

A memorial service for William Marks “Will” Towles III, 40, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Friendship Presbyterian Church with Rev. Tara W. Bulger officiating. He died Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Born in Athens, Georgia, on February 3, 1977, Will grew up in Snellville and graduated from Brookwood High School. Prior to college he was a member of the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a graduate of Valdosta State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While there, he was awarded a music scholarship while marching as a member of the Blazin’ Brigade Marching Band. He was also a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.

He worked for Smith and Carson Insurance of Atlanta, Larry Cole Insurance Agency of Watkinsville, and Colbert Pharmacy of Colbert. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Athens.

Survivors include his wife, Molly Burgess Towles of Watkinsville; a son, William Marks “Liam” Towles IV of Watkinsville; his parents, William Marks Towles Jr. and Jane Stancil Towles of Watkinsville; sisters Lydia (Ken) Hood of Flowery Branch, Elizabeth (Matt) Sammons of Social Circle; father- and motherin law Martin and Janet Burgess of Washington; sisters-in-law Mandy (Brent) Marable of Watkinsville and their children Jack Durham and John David Marable, Maria (Joel) Walker of Omaha, Nebraska, and their children Scout and Robin Walker. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bill and Nora Towles, and maternal grandparents Representative Frank and Betty Stancil.

Honorary pallbearers were Dave Huey, Charley Hearn, Duncan Harden, Boaz Josman, Elmer Stancil, Garett Stancil, Martin Stancil, Jason White, and Frank White.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any First American Bank and Trust location to the Liam Towles Education Fund. The family wishes to thank Compassionate Care Hospice and Oconee Area Home Care for their kindness and care throughout Will’s illness.

Lord and Stephens West was in charge of arrangements.

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