Gloria Dean Tolley, age 73, 23 Zack Whitson Lane, Erwin, went home to be with the Lord at 2:32 am Monday, September 12, 2011, at her home. She was born December 5, 1937 in Mitchell County, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Zack and Marcella Canipe Whitson. Mrs. Tolley was a member of Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church and was a retired employee of Morrill Motors after 27 years of service.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Royce Tolley; son, Zackel Tolley; and daughter, Regina Tolley, all of Erwin; one grandson, Royce “Buddy” Franklin and wife JoEllen; two great grandchildren, Reuben and Riley Franklin, all of Erwin.
Funeral service for Mrs.Tolley will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Alex Carver will officiate. Special music will be provided by organist Inez Chandler and soloist, Alan Foster. Pallbearers are Scotty Whitson, Mickey Whitson, Brian Brummett, Royce Franklin, Chris Buchanan and Bill Williams.
The committal service for Mrs.Tolley will be held Thursday, September 15, at 11:00 am in Tinker Cemetery, Mill Creek Community. Those attending the service are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 10:00 am to go in procession to the cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm Wednesday until service time at the funeral home and other times at the family home, 23 Zack Whitson Lane, Erwin.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin is in charge of the arrangements. 423-743-1380