Stillwater News Press


August 14, 2012

Troy Lee Toles

Troy Lee Toles, 69, died on Aug. 11, 2012 in Chickamauga, Ga., while visiting his daughter’s family. His funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Stillwater, Okla. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Stillwater. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Troy Toles was born to Lloyd “Jim” and Eathel Toles on May 3, 1943 in his family home near Perkins. Troy grew up on the family farm near Fallis, Carney and Wellston working hard helping his parents, twin brother, and sister.  He attended and graduated from Wellston School. He was honored to be allowed to attend Boys State.  He was voted to be the most likely to establish a colony on the moon. After graduation, he spent the summer on the harvest and then began his lifelong career as an auto mechanic. Many friends and customers accused him of being able to diagnose car trouble on the phone and in his sleep.

Troy was well respected for his service to the community.  He retired after 20 years from the National Guard as a Staff Sergeant where they nicknamed him “Mom Toles” because of his charismatic personality and his leadership skills. He served his Country on active duty during the Cuban Refugee Crisis, earning medals. He worked more than 30 years at Bud’s Service Station and 14 years for the Payne County Sheriff Office. The Governor proclaimed Troy Toles Day in April 2004 for his volunteering for the Civil Defense Organization for more than 30 years. He would go to Norma’s Nook to have lunch with Norma and the children of her day care center. He was so well liked by the children, he could talk them into taking a nap for him. Later, he and Norma raised a small herd of cattle before selling out to fight histoplasmosis.

Troy is survived by his wife of the home, Norma; twin brother, Roy (wife, Loretta), of Stillwater; sister, Melba (husband, Calvin Warren), of Wellston; son, John, of Stillwater; and daughter, Karen (husband, Jim Barbee), of Chickamauga, Georgia. He delighted in his grandchildren: James, Katie, Justin, Matthew and Joshua. He was looking forward to going hunting with them as soon as he got well.

Troy never met a stranger, running into someone he knew everywhere he went. He had numerous friends and other relatives.

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