Tolbert, Thomas

TOLBERT, Thomas Ross

Thomas Ross Tolbert, 54, of Franklin, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2021, after a five-year battle with melanoma.

Tom was born on October 3, 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia to Julian Hudson Tolbert and Helen Ross Tolbert. He attended Sarah Smith Elementary School and Sutton Middle School. He attended Westminster Schools in the ninth grade, where he excelled academically, finishing as a National Merit Scholar. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1985. After graduating from Westminster in 1986, he attended Davidson College, graduating with honors in 1990 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

After taking a gap year for Domino’s and working at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta, Tom attended the Medical College of Georgia from which he graduated with honors in 1994. Chief medical resident.

In 1999, Tom began working as a family physician at Lexington, Kentucky VA Medical Center. While there, he trained medical students and residents and served in various capacities with computer science programming.

In February 2014, he began working at the Franklin, North Carolina Community Based Outpatient Clinic of the Charles George VA in Asheville, where he remained a physician until his death.

On December 27, 1993, Tom married Laurie Frances Crawford in the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. They were blessed with five children born between 1997 and 2009. Tom was devoted to his family and teamed up with his wife Laurie to homeschool their children.

Tom enjoyed activities with his family such as singing, gardening, cooking, volunteering with course decoration for both the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event and the World Equestrian Games at Kentucky Horse Park, raising livestock, building small construction projects and hiking. He also had a lifelong love of road trips, first with his college friends and later with his family.

Tom grew up at the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta, where he was active in the choir and youth group and participated in a number of mission trips. He and Laurie were members of the Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and for many years Tom led family worship at home. In 2015, he and the family began worshiping at Mountain Grove Baptist Church in Franklin, North Carolina, where he conducted Bible studies and participated in worship.

Tom was preceded in death by his father and is survived by his mother, Helen Ross Tolbert of Atlanta, his wife of 28 years, Laurie Crawford Tolbert, and their children Griffin Ross Tolbert, Thomas Jackson Tolbert, Rachel Hilsman Tolbert, Benjamin Llewellyn Tolbert , and Bonnie Frances Tolbert, all of Franklin, North Carolina. He is also survived by his brother Julian Hudson Tolbert (Jolene) of York, Pennsylvania, his aunt Susan Ross Sawyer of Atlanta, his cousins ​​Cindy Sawyer Mollard (Roland) and Cathy Sawyer Rice (Scott), his mother-in-law Mabel Griffin Kichline, and numerous cousins.

There was a family funeral at Arlington Memorial Park on Friday, January 7, 2022, followed by a memorial service at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta, at 3:00 p.m. Face masks are mandatory and social distancing is encouraged.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Water Mission, YMEN, or Answers in Genesis

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