Obituary: Gerald Tolliver, 1949-2011

by Staff on January 2, 2012 · 1 comment

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MITCHELL — Gerald W. Tolliver, 62, passed away at 10:46 p.m. on Thursday at his residence.

Born March 8, 1949, in Bedford, he was the son of Donald M. and Carol Rae (Tharp) Tolliver. He married Patty Jean (Mann) Thoms Nov. 19, 2010.

Gerald graduated from Mitchell High School in 1967 and Indiana State University. He was a teacher at Mitchell High School retiring in 2010, after 40 years of service. During his tenure he sponsored SADD and also taught driver education.

He was recently elected to Mitchell City Council and had served two terms as Persimmon Festival Chairman. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge No. 228 F&AM.

Surviving are his wife, Patty Tolliver of Mitchell; sons, Jason (Stefanie) Tolliver of Indianapolis, Kevin (Abbie) Tolliver of Brownsburg and Adam (Christy) Tolliver of Charlestown; stepchildren, Michelle Bowers of Campbellsburg, Alex Thoms of Mitchell, Adam Thoms of Orleans, Daniel Thoms of Bloomington, Rebecca Russell, of Seymour, David Thoms, Orleans, John Thoms of Oklahoma, Evan Thoms of Orleans, Solomon Thoms of Mitchell and Logan Thoms of Orleans; a brother, Mark W. (Beth) Tolliver of Mitchell; grandchildren, McKinley, Lucy, Katie and Isabella; and six step-grandchildren.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mitchell Church of Christ with Brother Allen Burris and the Rev. Kevin Giggy officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. today and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the church.

Memorial Gifts: Mitchell Community Schools Scholarship Foundation.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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