The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Lula Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Highway 26, Oglethorpe, Georgia. Burial will follow at the Oglethorpe City Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Mrs. Sarah Maxie Washington Tookes, the daughter of the late Willie and Maxie Washingon, was born April 18, 1927 in Oglethorpe, Macon County, Georgia. She was the fourth of nine siblings and six preceded her in death: John Henry Washington, Fred Washington, Clifford “Some Buddy” Washington, Dorothy Jones, Bernice McDonald and Georgia “Sue” Washington. She was educated in the public school system of Macon County where she attended the historic Flint River Farm School. On January 23, 1943, she was united in holy matrimony to the late Deacon Leroy Tookes and to this union they were blessed with six children. Two preceded her in death: Mary Alice Daniel and Barbara Jean Tookes.
On Tuesday, May 9, 2017 she departed this life. Sarah, also known as “Jill” to many, worked for Moones B. Peterson Book Bindery in New York, New York for many years. She was an active member of the Eastern Star Queen of Sheba Chapter #32 of Brooklyn, New York. After residing in New York for 38 years, Sarah and Leroy returned to their native home of Georgia. They had a home built in Ideal, Georgia.
Sarah was an Assistant Poll Manager of Ideal, Georgia, Secretary of the Retired Teachers Association, she also dedicated time to other non-profit organizations and was a very active participant with the PTA. She joined the Primitive Baptist Association and was an active, dedicated member of Lula Chapel Primitive Baptist Church until her death.
Sarah was loved and respected by many. She was the matriarch of this family. She had values instilled in her that no other could touch. She was the smallest but strongest woman we have ever known. If she had it, you had it. To know her was to love her. No one was a stranger, she welcomed all.
She leaves to cherish her memories: four children, two loving sons, Luther Tookes (Mishonda), Lithonia, Georgia, Samuel Leroy Tookes, Brooklyn, New York, two loving daughter, Linda Tookes, Ideal, Georgia, Kim Marie Tookes, Columbus, Georgia; one brother, Robert Washington (Lola) and one sister, Lula Norris, all of Brooklyn, New York; one sister-in-law, Alice Duncan, Oglethorpe, Georgia; eleven grandchildren, one of which she raised as her own, Tiffany Tookes Spencer (Derek), sixteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.