Doris Marie Tolbert

Born on November 25, 1922

Departed on September 5, 2010 and resided in Goodlettsville, TN

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Age 87, September 5, 2010. A very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away late Sunday evening at Alive hospice in Nashville, TN. She was born in Lincoln County, TN on November 25, 1922. She was known and loved by many in Goodlettsville where she and her late husband, Claude, previously owned ond operated the Goodlettsville Dairy Queen fom 1966 to 1979. "Granny", "Momma", "Gran-Gran" or simply "Marie" as she was called, was a long time and dedicated member of the Rivergate Church of Christ and had many friends in the Church as well as the whole surrounding area of Goodletttsville. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Gale Paul, (Mark) and her son William Randle Tolbert, all residents of Goodlettsville. She had one grand daughter, Cynthia Marie who resides in Cookville with her husband Jeff and their two daughters Hannah Marie and Abigail Nicole. Her brother, Henry Harwell Clark of Fayetteville, TN preceeded her in death by one week at age 85. Her other grandchildren by marriage are Matthew Paul of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Jeffrey Paul of Murfreesboro, TN, Margaret Paul of Franklin, TN and Michael Paul of Chattanooga, TN.

"Ms. Marie" very much enjoyed attending the Goodlettsville Chamber of Commerce meetings with Lula Mai Hunt who was a close friend and preceeded her in death on July 13, 2010. It was very difficult to go anywhere with her without someone recognizing her and spending many minutes just talking and visiting. She started her career at Swift Meat Packing Company in Nashville as a bookeeper. She met and married her late husband while she was employed there and Claude previously worked for many years for Tom's Toasted Peanuts and had a regular route he serviced each week. She was fortunate to have been able to travel with her husband and family for many years after their retirement and see different parts of the world. She will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her.

Her best friend of 60 plus years, Allene Keith of White House, TN was with her when she passed as was her son, Randy. Visitation will be at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home in Goodlettsville from 4-8 PM Wednesday September 8th. Funeral services will be at 1 PM Thursday September 9, 2010 with interment at Forest Lawn following the service. Visitation Thursday from 11 am until service time. For those desiring, donations may be made to the Rivergate Church of Christ.

6 Comments to Doris Marie Tolbert

  1. Bruce and Nancy Paul
    September 10, 2009 12:00 am

    Dear Brenda, Randy and family, So very sorry to hear the news about your mom and Granny. She was a very classy lady and we were proud to have known her. Take solace in the fact that she no longer suffers and is in a better place -and still watching over you. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Much love from Indy, Bruce & Nancy

  2. Teresa (Davis) Wheeler
    August 10, 2009 12:00 am

    Randy and Brenda
    I was sorry to hear of your mother passing. She was a dear person who always had a smile and kindness for others. I know you will miss her – but she is not in pain anymore and you will see her again and that is God’s promise to us.
    Take care of yourself and i will see you soon. love Teresa

  3. Mary and Nelson Miller
    August 10, 2009 12:00 am

    Brenda, Mark and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is so difficult. We hope you can find peace in knowing that she is no longer suffering and that you’ll see her again someday.
    Mary and Nelson

  4. Lisa Paul
    August 10, 2009 12:00 am

    Brenda, Mark and Family

    Sending condolences and hopes for peace and comfort as you deal with the loss of your mom. We wish we could be there with you. Brian, Lisa and Summer

  5. John and Susan Castner
    August 10, 2009 12:00 am


    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We saw Granny on only a few occasions, but knew her as a lovely and delightful lady. She now rests with our Lord and we pray for your good memories to sustain you. Our love to you and Mark.

  6. Ronnie & Loraine Tartt
    June 10, 2009 12:00 am

    Brenda and Randy,
    We are so sorry about your Mama, she was a wonderful lady and she will be missed. We loved her dearly.
    Ronnie & Loraine

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