Janice Yvonne Hobbs Towns was born October 8th, 1956, to the late Amanda Kelly Hobbs Jones and Rev. Willie Hobbs in Montgomery, AL. She confessed to Christ at an early age and was a lifelong member of New Shiloh Baptist Church, Potter Station. She was a proud member of the Selma High graduating classes of 1974 and 1975. She earned her Associates from Selma University. She married Laurence Towns on December 18th, 1982 and enjoyed 25 years of marriage until his death in 2008.To this union, they were blessed with two children, Matese and John. She was also a founding member of the Selma Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc, as well as a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
Janice’s story is also a story of survival. On July 26th, 1972, she was involved in a deadly car accident. She was burned 80% of her body with 3rd degree burns. Due to the severity of the injuries, she had to have both her legs amputated and a few years of hospital care and therapy. Although she survived unbelievable odds, her never let being physically handicap handicap her from life. She lived a full life, and she imparted wisdom and grace upon all that had the pleasure of meeting and knowing her.
She departed this life on July 19, 2020. She is preceded in death by her husband, Laurence E. Towns, her mother, Amanda Jones, her brother, Cleophus Hobbs, her uncles, Frank and Jeremiah Kelly, and her aunts, Lucy Kelly, Florence Hatcher, and Darnella Furr.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her father, Rev. Willie Hobbs, Sr, Selma, AL; two brothers, Nolen (Brenda) Hobbs, Stone Mountain, GA, Willie (Elois) Hobbs, Selma, AL; one sister, Frances Coles, Selma, AL; one daughter, Matese (Jeremiah) Towns Prestridge, one son, John Michael Towns, both of Selma, AL; one step-son, Laurence Towns, Jr, Birmingham, AL; one god-daughter, Dr. Angela (Johnnie) Moore-Jones, Dixon’s Mills, AL; one granddaughter, Kinslee Towns; one grandson, Adam Prestridge; three god-granddaughters, Taylor, Kayla, and Kimora Moore-Jones; one god-grandson, Johnnie Jones, Jr; Selma, AL; two uncles, James Kelly, Selma, AL and William Howard, Montgomery, AL; three aunts, Mary Sewell, Montgomery, AL, Minister Annie Cunningham, Selma, AL, and Violet Kennon, Norfolk, VA ; mother-in-law, Rosa Towns, Selma, AL; one sister-in-law, Helene (Lonnie) Felton, Selma, AL; five nephews, C’Kiimba (Angela) Hobbs, Tuscaloosa, AL, Dr. Hasan (Ayanna) Hobbs, North Potonac, MD, Togo Uganda (Charlesetta) Hobbs Coles, Tampa, FL, James (Shonda) Hobbs, Atlanta, GA, and Jeremy (Justine) Towns, London, England; four nieces, Aisha (Charles) Nichols, Queen Creek, AZ, Stephanie Coles, Selma, AL, Traci Hobbs, Montgomery, AL, and Ara Towns, Atlanta, GA; three special cousins, Renee (Mark) Martin, Jacksonville, FL, Rev. Darryl (Vestola) Kelly, Selma, AL, and Clentonia Gannor, Mobile, AL; two step-sisters, Beatrice Jones and Irra Robinson, both of Selma, AL; one step-brother, Fredrick Jones, Selma, AL; several special friends, Linda Smith, Juanita Haslem, Elnora and Chester Moore, Anna Jones, and Fred and Ruthie Simmons; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relative, and friends.
Viewing will be at Lewis Brothers Funeral Home from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31st. A Graveside service will take place also on Friday, July 31st, at 1 p.m. at Serenity Memorial Gardens with Rev. Darryl Kelly officiating. For safety, please wear a mask.
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