A native of St. Joseph, La. and resident of Baton Rouge, he died of cardiac problems at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 at Baton Rouge General. He was 69, a Psychologist and retired Professor. Visiting at Greater King David Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 from 9 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. conducted by Rev. Dr. John E. Montgomery, II. Interment in Southern Memorial Gardens. Survivors include his wife, Frances Muse Toldson; daughters, Nicholy Johnson and Kilah Toldson; sons, James (Linda) Haynes, Dr. Ivory Achebe (Marshella) Toldson, and Ivan Toldson; sisters, Lucille (Glen) Esters, Alma (Izear) Banks, Elvira (Stanley) Gilbert, and Izella (Gilbert) Neuman; brothers, Leedell (Marie) Toldson and Vernell (Jacqueline) Toldson; and four grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lucille (Woods) Toldson; three brothers, James, Henry, Jr. and Robert; and a daughter, Angela Adjoa. Dr. Toldson graduated from McCall Senior High School at the age of sixteen as valedictorian of his class. After high school, he attended Coahoma Junior College and transferred to Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Arts Education in 1966. He received a Master's of Science in Educational Psychology from Butler University (1968), a Doctorate in Education in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University (1971), and Post-Doctoral Training from The Ohio State University
(1982). Dr. Toldson began his professional career as a middle school teacher
in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1966. In 1971, he became an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and in 1975, he accepted an associate professor position at his alma mater of Southern University. Dr. Toldson remained at Southern University for 36 years, serving as Chair (1975-1988) and full professor (1988-2000) of the Behavioral Studies Department, and Dean (2000-2005) of the College of Education. In 1982, Dr. Toldson became a licensed psychologist and started the Center for Psychological Health Care (CPHC) as a home-based psychology practice. In 1993, CPHC expanded to a nearly 7,000-square-foot facility offering a full range of outpatient and residential services. Arrangements by Richardson Funeral Home, Clinton. 225-683-5222.