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James A. Toler

James A. Toler
Chesapeake - James A. Toler, 93, of Bartlett Drive, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Born in Little Washington, NC he was the son of the late J. Thomas Toler and M. Lillian Toler. Jim was also predeceased by a son, James Toler; a daughter, Brenda T. Clouse; siblings, Thomas Toler, Elizabeth Etheridge, Nancy Quidley, Lillian Curtis, Mary Horton and Dot Pate.
Jim was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and drove a Sherman Tank ashore on D-day. He often talked about his experiences in driving a tank across Europe, once having his tank gun shot off by the enemy. He shared many fascinating experiences as a veteran. He was a dedicated soldier and patriot. Jim began a long police career in the South Norfolk Police Department and was a Chesapeake Police Officer for over 35 years, retiring as a Lieutenant in 1985. In a profession where folks can become jaded, pessimistic and sometimes even surly, Jim remained a Virginia Gentleman. It is doubtful that any of his fellow officers can recall Jim raising his voice - or his fist! He had the kind of demeanor that defused most situations, and the respect he showed others was easy to return. If you mention Jim Toler's name in a group of Chesapeake cops, the ones old enough to remember him will involuntarily smile - he had that effect on people. Jim Toler was one of a kind, and he will be missed by all Chesapeake police officers who had to the good fortune to know him.
He was a lifetime member and officer in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 9 and was a member and officer of the Police Association of Virginia. He also attended Great Bridge Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Faith Sunday school class.
Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Elizabeth Sawyer Toler, who was a constant companion and devoted caretaker. Jim is also survived by a son, Cleve "Kige" Sutton and wife Cindy; a son-in-law, William Clouse; grandchildren, Kristin S. Smith and husband Travis, Kevin J. Sutton; great-grandchildren, Sutton Smith and Weston Smith; a sister, Janie Bayly, as well as beloved nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted at 12 Noon, Saturday, March 16, at the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Rev. Ray Owens will officiate. The interment will follow with police honors in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.
The viewing will begin on Friday with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.omanfh.com.

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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 15, 2013
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