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Raymond Earnest Tolliver, age 92, of Shady Valley, Tennessee went home to his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 7, 2014. He was born in Shady Valley on August 12, 1921 to the late Martin and Dora Tolliver. In addition to his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by three brothers: Calvin, Glen, and Earl; three sisters: Hazel, Ruth and Sylvia; a son-in-law: Joe Copley; and a granddaughter: Kaleigh Tolliver.
Raymond was a general contractor and built hundreds of homes during his lifetime. He never really retired and continued to build things as long as he was able. He was a dedicated member of Shady Valley Baptist Church and served in various positions over the years including men’s Sunday school teacher, deacon and song leader. He loved to praise his Lord in song and continued to do so on Sundays until just a few weeks prior to his passing.
Raymond is survived by his “sweetheart” of 72 years, Lorella Greer Tolliver; children: Kenneth Tolliver and wife Nancy of Doe Valley, TN; Linda Arrowood and husband Robert of Bakersville, NC; Sharon Copley of Waverly, TN and Stephen Tolliver and wife Kim of Shady Valley, TN; grandchildren: Ken Tolliver, Julie Tolliver, Laura Arrowood Black, Allison Copley, Jaden Tolliver and Kyla Tolliver; great-grandchild: Sara Black; one sister: Stella Tolliver Payne; several nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
Funeral services were conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014 from Shady Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Graybeal and Rev. Richard Stout officiating. The family received friends at the church from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. prior to the service. Graveside service was conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Shady Valley Memorial Gardens (Gentry Cemetery). Active pallbearers were Robert Arrowood, Gary McQueen, Keith Miller, Charles Wright, Benjamin Tolliver and Bobby Miller. Honorary pallbearers were Delmer Morley, Earl Payne, and the men of Shady Valley Baptist Church.
At other times, the family will receive friends at the home, 109 Roby Greer Lane, Shady Valley, TN.
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Professional services for the Raymond Tolliver family are in the care of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home.