Donald Pickens Toole

July 16, 1941March 11, 2018

Donald P. Toole

Sylvania- Donald Pickens Toole, age 76, passed away on March 11, 2018 in Sylvania, GA surrounded by his wife of 53 years and their four daughters. The Jenkins County native was born July 16, 1941 to Pickens and Mildred Toole. He was a 1959 graduate of Jenkins County High School and played college football at Colorado State University. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Health and Physical Education from Auburn University and graduate degrees in Education and School Administration from Georgia Southern University. He married his high school sweetheart, Gloris “Goldie” Hawes, in 1964. He was very active in his church and community. While a member of Sylvania First United Methodist Church, he taught Men’s Sunday School, cooked for the Men’s Prayer breakfast, and held various offices. He was a teacher, coach, and administrator in Screven County Schools for 38 years, but continued as a volunteer coach. He also coached in Richmond and Burke Counties. After his retirement, he volunteered as the Soup Kitchen Director at Sylvania First United Methodist Church and with United Way. Some of his many accomplishments include: Screven County Athletic Hall of Fame, Screven County Chamber of Commerce Agnes Tebeau Volunteer of the Year, Sylvania First United Methodist Church Humanitarian Award, Screven County Rotary International Citizen of the Year, Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellow, Sylvania Lion’s Club President and numerous other local and district offices Screven County Schools Athletic Programs Lifetime Service Award, He enjoyed cheering on the Gamecocks, Auburn Tigers, and GSU Eagles, skiing, fishing, the beach and vacation; but mostly spending time with his children and grandchildren and watching numerous games, dance recitals, and special events. Donald Toole was preceded in death by his parents Pickens Irving Toole and Mildred Duckworth Toole Gay and his brother, Danny Toole.

Survivors include Wife: Gloris “Goldie” Hawes Toole; Daughters and Sons-In-Law: Michelle & Scott Westbrook of Ellaville, GA; Renee & Chuck Perry of Statesboro, GA; Danelle Toole of Atlanta, GA; DeLynn & Kevin Brauti of Ontario, Canada. Grandchildren: Tucker, Lily Claire, and Carson Westbrook; Hunter, Jackson, and Connor Perry; Adleigh and Isla Brauti; Sister-In-Law: Julia Toole Missroon of Savannah, GA. Brother-In-Law and Sister-In-Law: Glenn & Esther Hawes of Athens, GA; Niece: Lisa M. Toole (Sung Woo Kahng); Nephews: Matt Toole (Cindy); Jonathan Hawes; Grayson Kahng; and many special family and friends.

Visitation: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 2:00PM until 3:45 PM at the Social Hall of Sylvania First United Methodist Church.

Memorial Service: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Sylvania First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ricky Varnell officiating.

Honorary Pallbearers: Tom Avret, Avery Blalock, Rip Campbell, Larry Gordon, Larry Johnson, Dr. Bill Kent, Chris Matheson, Fent Powell, Ed Parker, and the Claude Pinckney Men’s Sunday School Class

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be given to Sylvania First United Methodist Church, 201 Main Street Sylvania, GA 30467 or Ogeechee Area Hospice, PO Box 531, Statesboro, GA 30459.

Thompson-Strickland-Waters Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Donald Pickens Toole

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Scarlett Lee

March 18, 2018

Goldie, I am so sorry to hear of Donald's passing and am remembering fondly all the good times we had together back in the good old days. My love and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Terri Benson

March 14, 2018

Please know my love and prayers are with you and your family. You and Donald were very special to both Mike and me. Just imagine the talks they will have together in Heaven! Love you, my friend.
Terri Benson

Catherine Rawn

March 13, 2018

To The Toole family- everyone here in Ontario will miss Donald alot. His visits were always fun and he was a great person to talk with, who will be deeply missed. Our love and prayers to Goldie and her family especially at this time.

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Carol McCullough

March 13, 2018

One of my all time favorite gentleman. Great mentor, friend, boss and coworker. Don Toole was such a strong force in so many young lives. Hugs and prayers to Goldie and the girls.

Lisa Burke

March 12, 2018

Coach Toole will be missed by many. Prayers for the family.

Kim Paqrker

March 12, 2018

Thanks for all you did for me......I can still remember when you put your arms around me and told me how proud you were of great person

Elva, Pete Mills

March 12, 2018

Love & prayers for Goldie & family.

Anne Lee

March 12, 2018

One of my favorite memories was seeing Mr. Toole walking the school property with children accompanying him. It was a special privilege he instituted at the elementary school...."Walking with the Principal". My kindergarteners loved it and him. They would also imitate him during their center time....pretending to make the morning announcements over the intercom. I can still hear Evan Brower pretending to be Mr. Toole. Thankful for his influence on the lives of so many in Screven County.