A wake service will be held on 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday, May 19, 2017 at Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church, Railroad Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday May 20, 2017 at Jehovah Baptist Church, 201 Chatham Street, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Burial will follow with military honors at the Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Tommie James Tookes was born on May 27, 1929 in Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was the son and youngest child of the late Lonnie Tookes and Pearl Haugabrooks Tookes. He was preceded in death by six siblings, Rosa Lee English, Aaron English, Alexander Tookes, Eddie Lee Tookes, Ouida Jordan, and C. J. Tookes.
He was educated in the public school system of Macon County and graduated from the historic Macon County Training High School in Montezuma, Georgia. Later on, he proudly served in the United States Air Force from November 14, 1947 through November 21, 1951.
On December 25, 1951, he married his childhood sweetheart,the late Cora Dean English, who preceded him in death. To this union, six children were born: five sons and one daughter - Tommie J. Tookes, Jr., Alfred J. Tookes, Charles B. Tookes, Wilbert L. Tookes, Edward J. Tookes, and Beverly J. Tookes. He was preceded in death by sons, Tommie Jr., Wilbert and Edward.
He was an ordained deacon who visited many denominational churches for 63 years; a member and Deacon of Pilgrim Rest Primitive Baptist Church of Oglethorpe, Georgia; Deacon of Fort Valley Chapel Primitive Baptist Church of Fort Valley, Georgia; and a board member of the Youth Ministry for the Antioch Primitive Baptist Association. Also, he worked diligently with the Oglethorpe Benevolent Society, Inc. since it was founded in 1957 in many capacities; he held the position of President. He worked at Robins Air Force Base for over 30 years and he has served as the first African American head of Logistics. He retired from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as Chief of the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (D.R.M.O.)in Albany, Georgia after 35 years of Department of Defense (DoD) civil service. In addition, he has served as a state and federal tax consultant and owner of OK Barber Shop being a master barber with over 60 years of experience in Montezuma, Georgia.
In 1993, he married Minnie Carter, who preceded him in death, and enjoyed an additional 22 years of marriage. Early Monday morning, May 8, 2017, the Lord said “Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the everlasting joy of the Lord”.
He leaves to cherish his memories his beloved sons and daughters-in-law, Alfred J. (Annie Ruth) Tookes, Augusta, Georgia; Charles B. (Paula) Tookes, Duluth, Georgia; David (Sandra) Carter III, Marietta, Georgia; Minister Patricia Tookes, Norfolk, Virginia; beloved daughters and sons-in-law Beverly J. (Gary Sr.) Coe, Huber Heights, Ohio, Sylvia Moffett, Albany, Georgia; Davine Watson, Warner Robins, Georgia; Dianne Carter, Fairburn, Georgia; Dolores (Wayne) Lewis, Marietta, Georgia; five granddaughters, Shalanda (Darian) Wilder, San Diego, California; Medina (David) Brent, Norfolk, Virginia, Erica Tookes, Norfolk, Virginia; Jessica Tookes, Duluth, Georgia; Jade Holly Tookes, Duluth, Georgia; five grandsons, Edward J. Tookes II, Norfolk, Virginia; Christian (Ashley) Tookes, Lawrenceville, Georgia; Ashton (Regina) Tookes, Gainesville, Florida; Gary Coe Jr., Tokyo, Japan; Daniel Coe, Huber Heights, Ohio; ten great grandchildren; one brother, Albert (Julie) Tookes, Montezuma, Georgia, brothers-in-law: Nathaniel (Elizabeth) English; Alfred (Aldyne) English both of Andersonville, Georgia; Elder Van (Doris English) Snead, Orange Park, Florida; Walter (Artie English) Schofield, Jacksonville, Florida; sisters-in-law: Jean Tookes, Atlanta, Georgia; Bonnie Sullivan, Fort Valley, Georgia; Ruby Ludaway, Jacksonville, Florida; and Margaret English, Oglethorpe, Georgia; a lifelong friend, Lynmore James, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.