Sara Frances Aldridge Holloway Townsley was born in Bremen, Ga., on Oct. 22, 1920. She spent her childhood near Atlanta, and graduated from Russell High School in East Point. Sara planned to become a nurse, but before starting her training, she decided instead to marry Grover Lee Holloway, a flight school owner who soon thereafter became a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps (World War II). Sara and Cpt. Holloway lived for a time in Washington, where he was stationed at the Pentagon. Lee flew for the then young Delta Airlines, until he was killed in a tragic air crash in Chicago in 1948. Her sons Watson and Donald moved with her to College Park after the death of her husband.
Some years later, Sara married George Townsley, at the time a master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps based in North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and later Southern California. Her daughter Vickie was born during these years. The family lived in Orange, Calif., for many years. George, an electronics engineer, and Sara then moved back to Georgia, College Park and later, St. Simons Island, where Sara lived until recently.
She leaves two sons; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren who are devoted to her and cherish her memory.