Rev. Elmer Junior Toles

Staff Writer
The Daily Ardmoreite
The Rev. Elmer Junior Toles

A private graveside service will be held at Dunbar Cemetery in the Dunbar Community of Love County, Okla., for Rev. Elmer Junior Toles. Arrangements have been entrusted to Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Marietta.

Elmer was born Aug. 10, 1935 to Elmo and Clotilde (Baker) Toles. He slept away peaceably at the Love County Nursing Center in Marietta, on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Elmer was a lifelong resident of the Dunbar/Burneyville Community in Love County. Some of his life's accomplishments were being married to the love of his life, his wife the late Ella (Willis) Toles, who preceded him in death on April 24, 2017. He was also a great father to Barbara, Anita, Kenneth, Cynthia and Johnny Toles who passed away April 3, 1989. It's commonly known among his kids that he worked hard at whatever he did. Elmer never met a stranger and left you with a smile. He was a good husband and dad. Some of his family terms of endearment include as the Preacher Man, Dad, Rev, Papa, Grandpa, Daddy, Junior and most notably Rev. Toles as he ministered for over 40 years at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Milo.

Some of his accomplishments include graduating from Douglas High School in Marietta, where he enjoyed school and his classmates. He worked hard at Gainesville Iron Foundry for many years, he was a part of the building of Waco Turner High School in Burneyville and various other activities.

Some of the highlights that he often talked about included riding motorcycles, riding in a big plane, Bevo Bash, going to Memphis, walking down Beale Street, and eating at BB King's restaurant. In his earlier years, he loved to work on cars and often helped members of the community fix their cars, he loved to sing and play the guitar, he loved the sound BB King made on Lucille his guitar. He missed some of his lifelong friends and would ask about them; Sugar, Frank Sr and others. He also had some good friends at the nursing center who looked and cared for him such as Joanne, Burt, Bill, the whole staff past and present, residents, care givers and Roy who generally drove him home at night.

He is survived by: Kenneth and Stacy Toles of Ardmore; Barbara & Michael Mansfield of OKC; Anita and Anthony Johnson of Marietta and Cynthia Toles Johnson of Midwest City; 10 grandchildren, LaToya, Bryan, Amber, Krista, Breanna, Quanesha, Alexus, Kenya, Macy, and Raymont; great-grand kids, various nieces, nephews and others. He is also survived by his sister Vergie -Toles Stoughtenborough of Ardmore, Gene and Willie Ruth of Lawton, Frank and Silke Toles of North Carolina and his favorite brother-in-law Michael Willis of Marietta.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret, Patsy and Joanne; and three brothers, Julius, VT Smith and Billy Wayne Toles.

Serving as pallbearers and honorary bearers are relatives and men of the community.

Time of viewing for family and friends will be Sunday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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