Willie Lee Tolbert
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TOLBERT,
WILLIE LEE 'BLUE'
Mr. Willie Lee Tolbert, affectionately known as 'Blue' passed away June 15, 2020 at the E.T. York Haven Hospice Center. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Tolbert, Sr.; his mother, Annie Mae Wright Tolbert; and brother, Oscar Lee Tolbert. At an early age, Willie was baptized under Reverend D.E. White at Friendship Baptist Church. Mr. Tolbert was a graduate of Gainesville High School, Class of 1972. Following graduation, Willie joined the United States Navy and served his tour on the Battleship USS Iwo Jima. Mr. Tolbert was a long time Machine Operator with the Veterans Administration Hospital until his health failed. Willie was an avid music lover and well-known disc jockey. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Tolbert is survived by his children Willie Forest (Nyla), Latasha Wilcox (Benjamin), both of Gainesville, FL and Crystal McCloud (Tony), Alachua, FL; siblings Richard Tolbert, Jr., Lorenzo Tolbert, Emma Tolbert Harris, Ora Tolbert Davis, Candasy Tolbert, Kenetha Tolbert Johnson (Kent), all of Gainesville, FL, Mary Tolbert Sullivan (John), Augusta, GA, Vivian Tolbert McKay (Cepeda), Tampa, FL, Emily Tolbert Linton (Braxton), Tallahassee, FL, ten grandchildren, and a dear and special friend, Geraldine Perry.
Mr. Tolbert will repose in the Chestnut Memorial Chapel on Friday, June 19, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Chestnut Funeral Home, Inc., 18 N.W. 8th Avenue, Gainesville, FL. Although the Governor has lifted some restrictions, social distancing is still in place; therefore, social distancing measures will be enforced inside and outside of the Chapel.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jun. 18 to Jun. 20, 2020.
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June 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Patricia Green
Acquaintance
June 20, 2020
To the Tolbert family,
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

With Deepest Sympathy
CLASSMATE "1972"
Gloria Irving
Classmate
June 20, 2020
With Deepest sympathy from the Bivins Family our prayers are with you and your family.
Glenda Bivins
Friend
June 20, 2020
Glenda Bivins
Friend
June 20, 2020
To the Tolbert family,
God Bless you all.
Ramoth and Barbara Watson Andrews
Barbara Watson Andrews
Friend
June 20, 2020
RIP Willie. God bless. Tisha McGlon
Tisha McGlon
Friend
June 20, 2020
To My Brother Richard, Classmate Ora and all of the Tolbert Family,
My deepest and sincerest sympathy on Willie Lee's passing. I don't ever recall a time that I did not see him with a smile on his face and that is what I will remember. May cherished memories of him and the peace of God from the God of all comfort strength and sustain you now and in the days. months and years to come.
Love,
Pauline "Polly" Stephens Petty
LHS Class of '66
Pauline Stephens Petty
Friend
June 19, 2020
Take your rest Uncle Blue! You were a jewel to us.
Norman, Carolyn, Kedric & Tuff-Tuff
Courtney/Carolyn Johnson
Family
June 19, 2020
Willie Lee from Second Street , to A.Q. Jones , Lincoln High School and Gainesville High School Class or 72. To the Tolbert Family so many memories to store in your hearts . So many songs will keep him near, Dance steps will carry you to times that will never be forgotten.
Willie Lee ( Blue) will always be with you
Marie Small
Classmate
June 19, 2020
My friend may god keep you in his arm to your children he was good guy always smiling keeping you all in my prayers.
Gail Jones
Friend
June 18, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Oliver & Marilyn Watson Tucker
Friend
June 18, 2020
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Tyrone Davis
June 18, 2020
42 BLUE So many memories from childhood, high school LHS, GHS, United States Navy and many more. A great life my friend, no one has done it better. To be absent in the body is to present like right now with the Lord!

To the Tolbert family from mine our prayer are with you all.
Tyrone E. Davis
Military
June 18, 2020
To The family
A Limb has fallen from the Family Tree
That says Grieve Not for Me
Remember the Best Times, the Laughter, the Good Life
I Lived while I was Strong......
Rest In Peace my Classmate "1972"
Johnnie Mae Godbolt-jones
Classmate
June 18, 2020
R.I.P AND SINCERE SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY
MARY MILLIGAN
Friend
June 18, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Vivian Davis
Classmate
June 18, 2020
From Lincoln to GHS & most recent, always a friend. God Bless, God Speed, RIP
Beverly D. Sallet
Classmate
June 18, 2020
Rest in paradise my classmate starting in first grade
Angela Robinson Albert
Classmate
June 18, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Jennie DeSue
Friend
June 18, 2020
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Michael Sherman
June 18, 2020
IT'S WITH HEARTFELT SYMPATHY THAT I EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO THE TOLBERT FAMILY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU DURING THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME. CHARLES, AGNES AND FRED GOSTON AND FAMILIES
AGNES AKINS
Friend
June 18, 2020
RIP my friend.
Cynthia Smith Brown
Classmate
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