The funeral service will be conducted 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Antioch Baptist Church, Highway 26 West, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Burial will follow at Davis Chapel A.M.E. Church Cemetery, Highway 26, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Visitation will be Friday, December 8, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Ida Mae, affectionately known as “Muh,” was born November 6, 1918 to the late Zebe and Ora B. Harris. She was preceded in death by one brother, Mr. William Harris and six of her children: John Thomas Tookes, Ora Mae T. Kaigler, Otis Tookes, Mary T. Respert, Mae T. Jefferson, and Larry Tookes. Muh attended the Macon County Public School System. At a young age, she accepted and declared Jesus Christ as Lord of her life. She joined Antioch Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Paul Jones. She worshipped there over 60 years. Her unwavering faith in the Lord and her dedication to the church resulted in her being named a church mother.
Muh was united in holy matrimony in 1935 to the late Daniel Webster Tookes. Out of that union, 14 children were born. In addition, she raised three of her grandchildren: James Tookes, Helen Dunlap, and John Thomas Tookes Jr., until they reached adulthood. She leaves to cherish her memory three sons: William Tookes, Milton Tookes, Modis Tookes; five daughters: Idalene Sykes, Bernice (Chris) Sabb, Ardean Adams, Betty (Bennie) Jones, Parthenia (Nathaniel) Johnson; three daughter in laws: Ophelia Tookes, Lois Tookes, Vantessal H. Tookes, and one niece, Osie Harris; 50 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren, and 25 great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and loved ones.
Ida Mae Tookes was the matriarch of the Tookes family. She was a spit-fire that loved to have her nails polished, and was well dressed every day. In 2014, Muh was crowned Ms. Traditions in a beauty pageant! If anyone wanted to know what was going on, call Muh. If you needed a good home remedy, call Muh. If you needed someone to be told, call Muh. If you needed to tell a secret, call Muh! Ida Mae was neither feeble nor fragile; she was a woman full of tenacity and spunk. Muh knew who you were by voice. She kept her cell phone in a pouch around her neck so that she didn’t miss a call. This woman defied all odds with how she moved about on her own two feet. She left this earth with all of her faculties in place. God blessed Muh with far more years than she could have ever imagined. He granted her favor, grace, and mercy. Her latter days outweighed her former. Leaving a legacy of faith, Muh understood that God is faithful and just. Her expectation is for her family to stand trusting the Lord no matter what comes.