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Originally published: 2013-08-20 08:59:16
Last modified: 2013-08-20 09:00:00

Lawrence 'King' Tolley

Lawrence “King” Tolley, 86, of Island Ford Road, Forest City, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County.

Tolley was born March 14, 1927, in McDowell County, W.Va., to the late Lawrence Allen Tolley and Martha Alice Tolley. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served on the Minesweeper USS Prime during World War II. He also served 25 years in Civil Service before retiring and was active in the Avery County Chapter of Disabled American Veterans for many years. He enjoyed trains, baseball and traveling but most of all he loved spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Philomena Ann Tolley; son, Raymond Lamontagne; daughter, Patsy Flannagan; two brothers, Scott and Benjamin Tolley; three sisters, Vivian Cummings, Georgia Seim and Mat Davis.

Survivors include three daughters, Frankie Weddington of Fayetteville, Ga., Carol Andrea Tolley of Columbia, S.C. and Melanie Angela Miller of Cliffside; brother, Patrick Tolley of Cranberry; 18 grandchildren, Miriam Simmons, Bryan Lamontagne, Patrick Lamontagne, Virginia Wilburn, Connie Flannagan, Katrina Smith, Gina Whaley, Lisa Beck, Angela Varisco, Kathleen Rutherford, Amanda King, Jennifer Jernigan, Lindsay Bradberry, Savannah Jernigan, Cory Hinkle, Crystal Hinkle, Nicholas Miller and Ashley Reid. He is also survived by 29 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Glen Wilson officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. A graveside service with military honors will be held 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the Cranberry Cemetery in Cranberry.

Harrelson Funeral and Cremation Services assisted the family.

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