SHELBY- Mr. June Toms, 90, of 412 Carolina Avenue, Shelby, departed this life on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
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He was born on Dec. 25, 1922, in Cleveland County to the late Haze and Ophelia Pompey Toms. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Lee, JD (Jake), Flay, and Joe; and sisters, Tish and Jeanette.
June served in the United States Army from 1942-45 in World War II, and was honorably discharged as a Corporal. June enjoyed worshipping at Mount Calvary Baptist Church for most of his adult life. He was a faithful employee of Esther Mill for 42 years before retiring in 1987. After retirement, June continued to be very active in his community by volunteering his time and expertise in lawn care to Mount Calvary, and all the elderly neighbors, keeping the lawns flawless. He often chauffeured his neighbors to their appointments, picked up meds and groceries, prepared their meals, and fed every stray cat, dog, and bird that was lucky enough to find his yard. June could be spotted most any morning before dawn walking his three mile route around Shelby.
As we reminisce of June as a father, he set the standard through his deeds and actions, for all others to follow. He lived his life as a true example of a real man of God, and a father figure to many neighborhood children. With his quiet nature, he often unknowingly counseled and mentored dozens of children, and inspired them to be their very best.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, wife Earnestine J. Toms, whom he married on Sept. 10, 1955.
From this everlasting union, five children were born: Dr. Forrest D. Toms (Phyllis) of Hickory; Mr. Chuck Toms (Helena) of Lexington, Mrs. Janice Toms Joye (LTC Boyd-ret. US Army) of Charlotte, Mr. Dennis Toms (Sharon), and Mr. John Toms (Deborah) of Shelby. June is also survived by his grandchildren: Julius (Tiesha) Camp of Aurora, Colo., Nicole Ingram of Columbia, S.C., Forrest "T" Toms II of Greensboro, Alex Petty of Greensboro, Noelle Hill of Charlotte, Joshua Toms of Greensboro, Dennis "Chip" Toms Jr. of Lumberton, Zakiya Toms of Washington DC, and Trey Toms of Lumberton. Mr. Toms also has six beloved great-grandchildren.
"June Bug", as he was so affectionately known to all, leaves to cherish his fond memories, a host of his wonderful and loving nieces and nephews: Willis Toms (Carol) of Charlotte, Ervin Toms (Ellen) of Calabash, LaMarthine Toms Gibson of Kings Mountain, Leon Toms of Shelby, Gary Toms of Hagerstown, Md., Patricia Maddox Willis, and Bill Maddox of Shelby. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Mary Ponder of Philadelphia, Pa. June's special friends for life are Andrew Smith, George Thompson, and Tyrone Davis.
Visitation: The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Monday prior to the service.
Funeral Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Mount Calvary Baptist Church
Officiated By: Pastor M. Lamont Littlejohn
Burial: Webb Memorial Lawns
Funeral Home: Enloe Mortuary is serving the family
Online Condolences: www.enloes.net
231 North. Lafayette Street Shelby, NC 28150
Published in Shelby Star on May 4, 2013