February 16, 1928 - September 7, 2014
Jesse Eli Tolliver of Pierpoint went to be with his Lord on Sunday, September 7, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was 86 and the last surviving member of his family. Jesse was born on February 16, 1928 at Pierpoint. He was the son of the late Oakey J. and Viola (Ola) Phillips Tolliver. Jesse started working with Virginian Railroad and finished working for Norfolk and Western. He worked for 44 years and 6 months on the railroad. He was a member of the Pierpoint Freewill Baptist Church where he had the honor of being a Deacon, Choir Leader, Trustee, and Sunday school Superintendent until November 2013. Jesse as a young man also had the honor of pulling out the nails of used lumber which was donated by Ritter Saw Mill to help build Pierpoint Church. Oakey J. Tolliver (his father) worked at Ritter Saw Mill before his death. Jesse loved to give items away from his home grown garden vegetables, wood working items that he would make, and the baked goods that Jesse and his loving wife (Carrie) would make. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by an infant son, Linden Douglas Tolliver; five brothers, Jr., Drew, William, Denny, and Robert Tolliver; two sisters, Ruth Craft and Ruby Halsey; and a son-in-law, Darrell Gillespie. Jesse leaves behind his wife, the love of his life of almost 65 years, Carrie Deloris (Lusk) Tolliver. Jesse spotted her at church one night and told the person he was with that he was going to marry her and he did. He also leaves behind three children, daughter, Sheila Tolliver of Beaver; a son, Randall Tolliver and his wife, Lois of Beckley; and a daughter, Delilah Gillespie of Pierpoint; three grandchildren, Scotty Martin and his wife, Lisa of Beaver, Patricia Lester and her husband, Danny of Mullens, and Terri Lea Blankenship and her husband, P.J. of Mullens; nine great grandchildren, Tyler, Cody, and Jayden Lester, Adriana and Abigail Martin, Patrick, Logan, Emma, and Nina Blankenship; and a great great grandchild due in November; he leaves behind his loving furry friend, Lizzie who adored him so much; Uncle Jesse also leaves behind several nieces and nephews that called or came by to see him almost every day. He also will leave behind two very special friends, Bill and Joan Webster from Belcher's Dry Cleaners. He will be missed by his church family and other nephews and nieces. The celebration of his life will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Pierpoint Freewill Baptist Church with Pastor Charles "Butch" Acord officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley. Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. until time of services Tuesday at the church. Pallbearers will be men of the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his honor to the Bowers Hospice House P.O. Box 1472 Beckley, WV 25802-1472. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tankersleyfh.com The family of Jesse Tolliver is being cared for by Tankersley Funeral Home, Mullens.
Jesse Eli Tolliver of Pierpoint went to be with his Lord on Sunday, September 7, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was 86 and the last surviving member of his family. Jesse was born on February 16, 1928 at Pierpoint. He was the son of... View Obituary & Service Information
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