Shirley Irene Coder Tolbert (Sign Guestbook)

Shirley Irene Coder Tolbert, 85, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018. She was born February 19, 1933 in Detroit, MI to C. Floyd and Irene Dillon Coder. She grew up in Livonia, MI. she married James H. Tolbert on September 19, 1953. They lived in Ann Arbor, MI for 12 years before moving to North Brunswick, NJ where they lived for 35 years. They retired to Knoxville, TN in 2003.

Before retiring, she enjoyed singing in the church choir and often sang solos. She also enjoyed gardening, refinishing furniture, and cooking for anyone who liked to eat. She was a member of the Bethany Sunday Class at Central Baptist Church, Fountain City.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, James H. Tolbert (Jim); her two sons, Jim and Randy Tolbert; daughter, Lyn Keeler and husband Bill Keeler III; grandchildren, Nathan (Amanda), Sarah, Joshua & Hannah Tolbert, and Ryan & Kyle Keeler; great grandsons, Henry and Ben Tolbert.

Family will Receive friends Monday, October 29th from 5:00-6:30 pm at Central Baptist Church Fountain City. Funeral Service will follow at 6:30 pm with Reverend Mike Smith and Reverend Ron Mouser officiating. Interment will be Tuesday, October 30th at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Building Fund at Central Baptist Church Fountain City (5364 N. Broadway, Knoxville TN 37918).

14 guestbook entries for “Shirley Irene Coder Tolbert”:

  1. Kenneth & Odessa Roberts & Betty says:

    Dear Jim, Jay, Randy, & Lyn & Bill keeling, & grandchildren,
    Needless to say, we are all soooo very sorry about Shirley’s passing! We all loved her and enjoyed knowing her. Please know that our deepest sympathy is with all of you! Also, remember that she just got to heaven before before us, and we can all look forward to seeing her again in God’s timing! May God bless each of you with all your precious memories of your times together with her!

  2. Melissa Ingram says:

    So sorry for your loss, keeping you and your family in prayer.

  3. Michele Thomas says:

    Hello Jim and family, I am so sorry to hear about Shirley. I know she was fragile at Bill’s memorial service and I appreciated her kindness then and when you both visited us when my youngest son was at Children’s Hospital. You’re in our prayers and we send our sympathy and condolences.


    Michele Thomas, Stuart and William

  4. David and Elaine Womack says:

    Our sympathy goes out to all of Shirley’s family. We are praying for you to know God’s presence, comfort and strength now and in the coming days.

  5. Stevin Amonett says:

    Prayers for you and your family. Let us know if we can help in anyway we can.

  6. Sandy and Scott Warren says:

    To Lyn, thinking of you and your family during this time of sorrow

  7. Jeff Cockerham says:

    Praying for God’s peace and presence during the difficult days. Love you all.

  8. Ginger Smallwood says:

    Oh how this breaks my heart. This dear sweet lady touched my heart and soul year’s ago and I love her dearly. Many memories , laughs, and smiles will forever be in my heart of this Godly woman. “Pickles and peanut butter ” my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Jim and Randy. I love you guy’s!

  9. Ann Bailey says:

    Jim Tolbert & Family,

    I am so sorry about Shirley’s death.

    May God be with you and your family.

    Ann Bailey
    Washington, DC

  10. Melissa Kinser says:

    Our sympathies to our friend, Jim, and his father and siblings. A tough time for all. You are in our prayers.

  11. Joe Levitt says:

    Jim & Family:
    Sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing. She was so fine. I had to miss funeral due to obligatory commitment.

  12. Class of 51 says:

    Sending our sympathies to you and your family.
    We will always remember our reunions and our times together.
    Clarenceville Class of 51

  13. Flo and Bill Clarke says:

    We’re thinking of you.

  14. James Saunders says:

    Dear Jim You & Your Children have my Heartfelt Sorrow for the Death of Your Beloved Precious Wife Shirley.Isaiah 25:8.

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