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Dec. 12, 2020 - Bench Dedications for Bob Russell & Ron Byrd

Written by Mark Seder

bob russellBob Russell "Father of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum"  Relaxing on the Bench Dedicated to Him
at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

On December 12, 2020 a bench was dedicated to the "Father of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum", Bob Russell.  Bob was instrumental in obtaining the right-of- way and funds for the Townsend River Walk Trail more than 15 years ago. He created the initial signage and helped to clear the initial trail.  Bob was also a Townsend Commissioner and Mayor of Townsend.   We wish Bob all the best and thank him for making the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum a reality.

Bob Russell FamilyBob Russell and Family

A second bench was dedicated to the memory of Ron Byrd, who passed away 2019.  Bob was another of the pioneers that help to get the River Walk on track to become what it is today.  

Ron Byrd Memorial BenchRon Byrd Memorial Bench with Theresa Schehr, Charlotte Miller and Ron's wife Florence. All members of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club.

Ron Byrd FamilyRon Byrd Family