Robert Lee Toney lll

July 5, 1938January 5, 2021

Robert “Bobby” Lee Toney, lll, 82, of Forest passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of Peggy Toney. Bobby and Peggy were high school sweethearts and married for 62 wonderful years. Their life-long commitment and love for one another is perhaps their greatest legacy for the family.

Born in Lynchburg on July 5, 1938, Robert was a son of the late Robert Toney, Jr. and Mattie Toney. He was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School (’57) and served in the Virginia National Guard. He was a talented athlete and enjoyed sports of all kinds. He was an avid hunter, golfer, bargain shopper and family man. Perhaps his best hunting buddy and partner was long-time friend, Barry Ferguson. The two of them spent many years hunting deer, quail, and turkey throughout the area. Robert was a former Club Champion at Cedar Hills and Ivy Hill Golf Courses. He was a long-time member at Colonial Hills Golf Course where he developed many life-time friendships. For many years, he could be seen playing with Glenn White, Reggie Hawkins and Kendall “Fuzz” White. Robert worked for C&P Telephone and Verizon for approximately 35 years and loved keeping in touch with his phone company family even after retirement. Perhaps his greatest joy were his seven grandchildren. To make sure that they would always stay close, he even went to the extent of installing a pool at their family home during his retirement. Robert enjoyed filling lots of ice cream cones and grilling food on the deck for his grandchildren. He never missed a cheerleading competition, soccer game, track meet, basketball game, lacrosse game, dance recital or special celebration with his grandchildren. Each of them made him so proud to be called “Grandaddy.” Robert looked forward to trying out the “latest and greatest” gadget and going to all the Krogers in town to get the best deal on his favorite ice cream.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Leigh Ruhland and her husband Rod, John Toney and his wife Traci, and Donnie Toney and his wife Kendra, all of Forest; a brother, Wayne Toney, and his wife Brenda of Madison Heights; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bennie and Herbert Sprouse of Lynchburg; his grandchildren, Emily Ruhland, Peyton Toney, Robbie Toney, Elizabeth Ruhland, Erin Toney, Kathryn Toney, and John Toney; a nephew and three nieces.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Virginia Memorial Park with Rev. Janet Hawkins officiating. Robert will be available for viewing from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution on behalf of Robert should do so to the American Heart Association.

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Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.


  • Open Visitation

    Friday, January 8, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, January 9, 2021


Robert Lee Toney lll

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michael Smith

January 13, 2021

I have fond memories of working for Toney Construction as a child. I remember your father well and his love of hunting.
prayers for the family
Mike Smith


January 13, 2021

Peggy and Family,

I am sorry about Bobby. I first remember him from the time at Ruffner playground and also at E. C. Glass. He was a very talented athlete in many sports including tennis, basketball, and golf. He was also an experienced hunter for quail and deer. I enjoyed being his neighbor for so many years and talking with him about sports as well as sharing information about our families. He was such a nice person!

I hope that you and your family are doing well after such a sad time. My condolences are extended to you and your family as you remember the many blessings you had in sharing your life with Bobby.

With love and best wishes,
Albert Nichols

Brian Schram

January 12, 2021

Donnie, Kendra, and family,
I'm so sorry to hear of Robert's passing. I always enjoyed playing golf with Robert. I'm praying for your peace and healing in this difficult time.
-Brian Schram

Michael Driskill

January 8, 2021

My condolences to the family. Wayne, we know how special brothers are!

Nancy Fulcher

January 8, 2021

Peggy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Lots of good memories from many years working with Toney. Sympathy and prayers are with you.

Steve" Tank " Moyer

January 7, 2021

One of the best men I've ever been around. Played a lot of golf with and against him. He was a really good player and competitor. A class act in every way. Only problem with him he could never keep up with a golf club headcover😁😁😁 I and so many other people will surely miss him.

Carol Bryant

January 7, 2021

Peggy, I'm so sorry!!! I hurt with you. In sympathy and with love and prayers!!

Kelly Brooks

January 7, 2021

Peggy and family I am so sorry for your loss. You and Bobby always were the couple I wanted my husband and I to be like, always so in love and so kind to each other. Prayers for all of you.

Kelly E. Brooks

Garry Ragland

January 7, 2021

I am so stunned! Robert and Donnie are like family to me. Robert and my Dad were life long friends. Just no words! I'm so sad!

Mike Garrison

January 7, 2021

My condolences to the family in their loss.