A centurion who could often be heard stating that "99 and 1/2 won't do", Luther Tolbert Sr. was born
February 4, 1921 to the late Ira and Oliva Tolbert in Jackson's Gap, AL.
He professed Christ at an early age and later united with Great Bethel Church in Alexander City, AL
where he was a faithful an active member, deacon, usher and was involved in numerous auxiliaries until
his health declined. Deacon Tolbert was truly a faithful servant in the house of the Lord who would
bend down on one knee in prayer.
A World War II Veteran, Deacon Tolbert lived a long life leaving a legacy full of love and hard work. He
worked throughout Alexander City including Froshin's, City Hall, Alex City Library, Alex City Junior
College before retiring from 32 years at the Russell Corporation Bleachery Department. He also
enjoyed sitting on the porch basking in the sun, engaging in a good game of dominoes and growing his
An entrepreneur, Luther owned and operated Kountry Kitchen the first black owned restaurant in Alex
City along side his family members.
Luther was preceded in death by four sons: Eddie B. Tolbert, Ira L. Tolbert of Alexander City, AL,
Richard Tolbert of Jackson Gap, AL and Roger Tolbert of Cleveland, OH; One daughter: Dorothy Faye
Greathouse of Jackson's Gap; Three sisters: Leslie Mae Crayton, Willie Henderson of Alexander City;
Sallie Russell of Jackson's Gap; and One brother: Jim Tolbert of Birmingham, AL.
He united in Holy Matrimony to Annie Mae Tolbert who preceded him in death. Of this union, they were
blessed with one daughter: Tracie (Chris) Tolbert Blakely, Dacula, GA; One son, Luther Tolbert, Jr. of
Alexander City, AL. Other children include: Vanessa (Fred) Norris, Jerry Tuck of Alexander City, AL,
Vivian Tuck of Gulfport, MS, Shirley (Cecil) Crayton and Annie Doris Brooks of Jackson Gap, AL. One
daughter in law: Jerrie Ann Tolbert of Alexander City, AL. Four nieces: Bernice Tolbert Jones, Queen
Esther Martin of Birmingham, AL and Belinda (John))Spivey of Montgomery, AL and Willie Ann McIntyre
of Alexander City, AL. Two nephews: Edward Berry and Eddie Lewis (Mary) Tolbert both of Alexander
City, AL and a host of loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, cousins and friends.
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