J.O. “Toro” Townley
1959 – 2019
J.O. “Toro” Townley’s passion for “Caring in the Workplace” established a standard for business owners and leaders to follow. Continuing his parent’s legacy, Toro’s consistent, humble service expanded Townley Manufacturing to employ over 300 workers at facilities in six states. He insisted that the business would always remain a “faith operation.”
Toro always encouraged his employees with the words “to serve God is to serve man.” He lived out those words by supporting the work of Corporate Chaplains of America through his partnership, generous giving, and consistent example.
Toro served God by humbly leading Townley Manufacturing and its employees to seek God’s guidance in every business decision and each business relationship. He spoke regularly to his employees about his prayers for his family at home and his family at work. He implored them to join him in asking God’s direction and blessing for the family business. He provided employees with an opportunity for worship and prayer at Townley’s weekly Tuesday morning chapel service at the main facility in Candler, Florida.
Toro served his neighbors at work quietly and humbly. He was thoughtful and generous in meeting his employees’ personal needs and the community’s needs without any desire for attention or recognition. Toro strived to recognize each employee’s gifts and talents and placed them in the best position to fulfill God’s will in their life.
Toro’s stature made him an imposing man, but his personal relationship with Jesus allowed him to love others with a tender heart. He consistently lived out Mark 12:30-31, displaying a genuine love for God and man. His devotion to Jesus and the Gospel will not be forgotten.
– Chaplain Glynn Webber