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Leroy Toppin

30 janvier 19335 juin 2021
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Native to the beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Leroy Toppin - 88 years old, born in Roxborough, Tobago to the late Henry and Letitia Toppin on January 30, 1933, fell asleep in Christ on Saturday, June 5, 2021.

Recently taking residence in Ooltewah, TN with his wife Eutil Toppin, their path to the Chattanooga area nearly four years ago follows a winding road from sunny Tobago, West Indies, to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, then Queens, New York, and Ellicott City, Maryland before settling in his final resting place of Ooltewah, Tennessee.

What Leroy lacked in formal education, God generously compensated with incredible optimism, social insights, biblical wisdom, and a keen business sense. His favorite text being Proverbs 3:5-6, there were countless couples, family members, friends, co-workers, and even strangers, who eagerly sought out his shrewd counsel. Leroy was a natural encourager, and had “a way” of making others feel valued while creating a "safe" space to talk. He had a genuine love for people, especially the littlest ones – black, white, old, young, cat or dog; you would not remain a stranger for long. His generous heart and personal testimonies of faith fueled a life of service and philanthropy, always bearing a strong witness to anyone he encountered of how God has led in his life, and of his soon return. As a tradesman, with an undying affinity for construction and real estate, Leroy purchased several homes and rental properties, led a number of construction and renovation projects, and retired as a Facilities Supervisor for New York State over the course of his life.

Leroy enjoyed healthy discussion in Sabbath School, serving on various committees and as a deacon at church - Roxborough SDA Church, Bethel SDA Church, and Carnbee SDA Church, Tobago WI, Corona SDA Church, Queens NY, Lebanon SDA Church, Queens NY and others; but his real passion was singing! He loved to sing in the choir and sang first tenor in many groups and church choirs over the years. His favorite genres were hymns, traditional gospel, and spirituals. He need only hear a voice singing, and he would quickly join them with a sweet tenor harmony. Nothing buoyed his soul like family and worship. His favorite hymn was Under His Wings, which he heard family members sing, even as he drew his final breath. Leroy also held a strong value for education, and encouraged every young (and even not-so-young) person to pursue his or her degree or learn a trade. As he shared his personal challenges with school, his words were often, “study your books”, “stick-to-it”, and “you can do it!”

Married June 24, 1965, he is survived by Eutil Toppin, his wife of nearly 56 years, three sons: Dilano Toppin, Hovis Thomas, Andy Toppin with spouse, Jean Toppin, and daughter, Teshia Price with spouse, James Price. Eight grandchildren survive Leroy: Anna Toppin, Alexandria Schultz, Sabrina, Lauren, and Sean Toppin, Iamme, Isaiah, and Gaielle Price. Leroy comes from a large family of eleven siblings: Ursula Caruth, Ursilla Delancy (Deceased), Carol John, Darolyn Davidson (Deceased), Grenice Gay, Pearl Blackman (Deceased), Franky Toppin (Deceased), Joe Toppin (Deceased), Hendrickson Toppin(Deceased), Eudanie Allen (Deceased), Hamilton James, Nehemiah Toppin (Deceased), and a mighty host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and cherished friends.

Precious husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and confident, you will be dearly missed, so we eagerly await our reunion at Christ’s second coming – what a glorious day of rejoicing that will be!

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021 in the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive E, Collegedale, Tennessee 37315.

Join us live for visitation at: https://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaValleyView/

Join us live for the memorial service at: https://livestream.com/collegedalesdachurch/churchprograms

Please share your thoughts and memories online at: www.ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com

Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.

Services

  • Visitation

    vendredi, 11 juin , 2021

    services précédents

  • Livestream Memorial Service

    samedi, 19 juin , 2021

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Leroy Toppin

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Vanessa Waite

14 juin , 2021

Brother Toppin, I affectionately called dad, was an amazing man of God, a great husband, a wonderful father and grandfather. The many conversations and laughs we've had over the years, have blessed me and my family. In life you're born into a family, however you get the blessing of choosing friends who become family, that is how I feel about the Price-Toppin connection.

I remember when I was about to purchase my home. Dad and I were speaking about what I should look for in a house. He gave me sage advice about the negatives and positives in home buying. He continued by saying, Vanessa, if I were physically able I would help you with any remodeling you needed. I knew he meant it!

I am going to miss hearing him call Teshia's name (Na-ta-lie). This always put a smile on my face. I also, remember how he encouraged me and cheered me on as I reared my now adult son. I will always remember our Sabbath Vespers, the singing and without a doubt more pearls of wisdom, for all to hear.

Dad, you are missed! To mom and the family, thank you for sharing dad, please know, our prayers are with you always.

Love,
Vanessa and Devante', and the Waite family!


Vernice Caruth-Blake

13 juin , 2021

Precious memories
How they linger.
How they ever flood my soul.

I vividly remember these lines of the first song which Uncle Leroy taught his self-established youth choir (of which I was a member) at the Roxborough SDA church.

He was certainly a lover of music and singing. This love for singing remained throughout his life as he can be remembered singing in quartets, choirs and other groups.

I was always encouraged by the interest he showed in my educational growth and development. His calls will never end without inquiring "what are you doing now?" This meant he wanted an update on my progress in my studies.

He was a lover of family. In the recent past, he would often WhatsApp video call his sister (my mom) to check in on her and hear her repeat the admonition "Live your life now to please God, so that you can live again." Days before his death he promised that he would call during the weekend.

Gillian also attests to his love for family. She recalls that his home in Queens, New York, was always a welcoming place for vacations. She says a special thank you to Auntie Eutil for allowing Uncle Leroy to be forever accessible to his extended family.

Uncle Leroy accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour and throughout his life maintained a saving relationship with Him.
This gives us the assurance that his death is only a sleep, and while we miss him, we look forward to that glorious day when we all will meet again.

Andre Marks

12 juin , 2021

“In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore...”

Even though I have never heard Mr. Toppin sing the above lyrics, I know, as a lover of hymns, he probably sung them many times, and envisioned the scene the song, “Sweet By and By,” depicts. It is our destiny to be there, “to meet him on that beautiful shore,” because Jesus Christ, our Kinsman Redeemer, has made it possible, for it to be so. “If we live right, heaven will belong to us,” too.

Remember, “to truly live, we must die.”

Love,

Andre

Earl Williams

11 juin , 2021

My condolences to the Toppin Family. I shall always remember his words of encouragement. Auntie Eutil and the rest of the family, my thoughts and prayers are with you 🙏.

Nan John

11 juin , 2021

My condolences to you aunty eutil may god give you the strength to bear this loss may god give you the strength you are in our prayers from nan jeremy hassel an hadiah

Laura Quashie

11 juin , 2021

Uncle Roy as I called him, though not related by blood, was a kind gentleman. He loved me very much. He always uses to tell me that. I appreciated his candidness. I loved him just as much. We will say to each other, family isn't always BLOOD. May he SIP and rise in GLORY.

Lyndale Lewis

11 juin , 2021

My brother April and I give our condolences to you and the family in this time of Bereavement. God bless stay strong and much love.

Dr. Michael Richards and Family

11 juin , 2021

For the Toppin Family,

Our greatest sympathies for you and your family. Our condolences for the passing of your father. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences.

Dr. Richards-Moshesh Family

Karen Nixon

11 juin , 2021

To Aunty Eutil, Delano, Natalie, Hovis & Andy. Our heart felt sympathy to you and the rest of the family. Our hearts are breaking right along with you at the loss of of Uncle Leroy. He was a very special human being, and adored by so many for his love, kindness & compassion for all he met. Uncle always had great advice and encouragement to give to all who needed it, and always left a lasting impression on your mind. I enjoyed our talks when ever called him and Aunty and will miss him alot. I pray that God will comfort & continue to bless you all. Know that our love and thoughts are with you today and always. We Love You All.
Karen, Ashley & Abiola.
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From The Family

11 juin , 2021

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Leroy Toppin
A HEART OF GOLD

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Leroy Toppin
A HEART OF GOLD

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Leroy Toppin
A HEART OF GOLD

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Leroy Toppin
A HEART OF GOLD

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Leroy Toppin
A HEART OF GOLD

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A LIFETIME OF LOVE

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A LIFETIME OF LOVE

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A LIFETIME OF LOVE

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A LIFETIME OF LOVE

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A LIFETIME OF LOVE