James Lavern Tolbert

May 28, 1931November 25, 2018

James L. "Papa Jim" Tolbert, a 60, a resident of Chief Vann Drive, passed away peacefully at his home on November 25, 2018. Papa Jim was born on May 28, 1931 in Rome, GA to the late James Allen and Odessa Tolbert. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Bailey Tolbert. He is survived by his sons, Mike and wife Susan Tolbert, Mark and wife Lisa Tolbert; and two grandchildren, Morgan and Lauren. Papa Jim graduated from Rome High School in 1949. He joined the Marine Corp and married his high school sweetheart Betty Bailey. Papa Jim had three primary jobs in his lifetime, the marines, his family and Southern Bell/Bell South/AT&T. He retired from Bell South as a toll test board technician after 40 years. Papa Jim was a loving and devoted husband that cared for his wife for many years. He also loved his sons dearly as he changed his work schedule so that he could get off work at 4pm to watch his boys practice football at West Rome High School. He was a dedicated fan of the West Rome Chieftains for many years. Papa Jim was also known for his fabulous pancakes, his love of walking, cycling, rowing and watching the Berry College Eagle webcam. A graveside service will be held at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. with The Rev. Linda Pineo officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made online to the Berry College Eagle cam ( or Berry College Advancement Office (Berry College Eagles) PO Box 490069 Mount Berry, GA 30149 or a charity of your choice. Please visit our website at to share fond memories. Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, November 29, 2018

James Lavern Tolbert

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Catherine Cobb-Ledbetter

November 29, 2018

Mike and Booger Mark,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Many fond memories cruising around Chief Vann and all the West Rome spots.
Papa Jim was always welcoming. So sorry for your loss.

Scott Greene

November 29, 2018

Mike, Mark,
I remember one Sunday afternoon in 1968, Big Lester, Mama, Janet and I rode down Chief Vann Drive looking at houses. We were moving to Rome! There were a group of boys playing football , in what I later learned was Love' s yard. Little did I know that the two Tolbert boys would become my lifelong friends!
I fondly remember Betty and Papa Jim trying to share their " wisdom" with this group of " heathers". Fortunately some of it " stuck"!
I'm sorry I can't be with you today, but as I have said in the past" sometimes Life itself dictates what we can do"! Please know that You will be in my thoughts.
With Love, Scott

Jenni Holmes

November 28, 2018

Mark and Mike,
So sorry to hear of Papa Jim's passing. We are thinking of you during this sad time. Sincerely
Jenni and Eric Holmes

Tommy Welch

November 28, 2018

Mike and Booger,
My prayers are with you. Your Dad was a stud.
I miss you both

Stan Green

November 27, 2018

Mike and Mark my prayers are with you!