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Billy Gordon Tolbert Obituary

Billy Gordon Tolbert, age 82, of Langdale, Alabama passed away on July 22nd, 2022 at his home.

A lifelong resident of Valley, Alabama, he was born at home in Fairfax on September 27th, 1939.

He was preceded in death by his parents, A.C. Tolbert and Opal Bass Tolbert; and his sister, Betty Sue Hoppe.

Billy presently was serving as a Deacon of the First Baptist Church of Shawmut in Valley, Alabama. He was greatly loved and appreciated by his neighbors, friends, and family. He was happiest when working in his garden. He loved growing vegetables and giving them away. He referred to his garden as God’s garden.

He served in the Army National Guard for twenty-three years. He was very patriotic and loved his country and the American flag. Prior to his retirement, he worked in the Fairfax and Riverview mills.

Billy is survived by his brother, Bobby Tolbert (Linda); nieces, Beth Cork (Nathan) and Julianne Pigg (Kevin); nephews, Matt Tolbert (Lisa), Eddie Hoppe, and Robert Hoppe; great nieces, Racheal Morse, Samantha Pigg, Sidney Hoppe, Tiffany Tolbert, Tinsley Tolbert, and Sarah Cork; great-nephews, Brenden Hoppe, Christopher Hoppe, and Alex Cork.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 25th, 2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT) at the First Baptist Church of Shawmut. Interment will follow in Fairfax Cemetery. The Reverend Chuck Anderson will officiate. Billy’s family will receive friends Monday afternoon from 1:00 PM (EDT) until the service hour at the church.

Please visit Billy’s Memorial Tribute page at to leave a kind word for his family, share a memory of Billy, or light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.

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