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Mr. Glenn Tolbert went to be with his Lord and Savior after an extended illness at a local hospital on Saturday, June 9th, 2018.
Glenn was first and foremost an amazing Christian man who was a wonderful husband, father and son. His spirit and soul will never be forgotten by anyone fortunate enough to have known him.
Mr. Tolbert is preceded in death by his parents; Earsie and Nellie Tolbert, three brothers; Gordon (Faye), Robert, and Cecil Tolbert, two sisters; Pauline Kirby (Donald) and Bonnie Faye Tolbert, his late wife; Donna Giles Tolbert, and two grandchildren; Glenn Allen and Charlie Tolbert.
Glenn is survived by his loving wife; Linda Herron Tolbert, one son; Allen Tolbert (Breanna), three step-children; Sanford Herron Jr. (Leigh), Melissa Welch (Mike), and Virgil Herron. Mr. Tolbert was the proud grandfather of twelve grandchildren; Vassar Tolbert, Glenn Allen Tolbert, Charlie Tolbert, Michelle Herron-Linder (Nick), Rebecca Herron, Emily King(Alex), Preston Rhoades, Kayla Sawyer (Thomas), Morgan Jones (Peyton), Christian Hulberg, Cody Hulberg, and Michael Welch, and four great-grandchildren; Landon Linder, Avery Sawyer, Easton Hulberg, and Aaliyah Linder.
Glenn Tolbert was born in Oneonta, Alabama on July 14th, 1948. At age 8 he was given his first guitar and started learning to play. As Glenn honed his skills, he was influenced by the music coming from the Grand Ole Opry over the airwaves of Nashvile’s WSM Radio, as well as by the music of Doc Watson and early pioneers such as Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Glenn worked as a regular guest on the Country Boy Eddie Show for many years. This program was a staple of life for legions of folks every morning. His performances were quite memorable to fans of the show as he showered the airwaves with his lightning fast guitar picking and high lonesome singing. He performed at almost every bluegrass festival at Horse Pens 40 in Steele, Alabama throughout the 70's and early 80's. One of the highlights of his Horse Pens 40 experiences came in 1977 when the crowd called him back for multiple encores as the great Lester Flatt waited backstage to perform. In the early 80's he formed his own band “Glenn Tolbert and Company”. The band made many appearances at The Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin' starting in 1992. It was at Foggy Hollow where he had the thrill of a lifetime as he got the opportunity to perform with his hero and dear friend, the legendary Tony Rice, on May 30th, 1993. Over the years, Glenn made thousands of personal appearances at festivals, clubs, weddings and private parties. Perhaps his greatest musical accomplishment can be seen in the countless students he taught over the years. From beginners to advanced students looking to refine their craft, Glenn showed the patience and knowledge to help anyone with the desire to learn. His kind heart and eagerness to help others fostered the development of many of the area's great musicians.
Funeral services for Mr. Tolbert will be Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at Walker Chapel Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 11:30. Interment will be in Walker Chapel Cemetery immediately following the funeral service. Walker Chapel Funeral Home Directing.