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Warren F. Toler, Sr.

July 26, 1934 April 18, 2024
Warren F. Toler, Sr.
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Obituary for Warren F. Toler, Sr.

Rev. Warren F. Toler, Sr., age 89, of Winchester Road in Irvine, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2024, at his home following a brave battle with cancer. He was born July 26, 1934, in Powell County and was the son of the late Green Berry and Geneva Young Toler.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and his master’s degree from Morehead State University. He began his career in Vocational Education as a teacher of auto mechanics and later became principal of the Montgomery County Vocational School. After relocating to the Ashland area, he became principal of the Boyd County Vocational School where he later retired from public education.

In 1981 he achieved a lifelong dream when he built the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home in Irvine with his son, Warren F. Toler, Jr. He worked for decades as a Funeral Director serving the people of Estill County and his family proudly continues this legacy today.

Warren gave his heart to the Lord as a young man and dedicated himself to His service. The most humbling and greatest honor of his life was that God called him to preach the gospel. He became an ordained elder with the Church of the Nazarene and served for decades as an evangelist preaching throughout the tri-state area. In the early years, many times preaching together with his brother, John Toler, and later with his cousin, Russell Wayne Everman. Through the years, he accepted the call to pastor the Winchester Church of the Nazarene, the Russell (Flatwoods) Church of the Nazarene and the Irvine Church of the Nazarene. During his retirement, he was a faithful member of the Ravenna Church of the Nazarene and made himself available to fill-in for the pastor when churches were in need. 

Warren met and fell in love with Elizabeth Ann Honshell, a beautiful girl from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. They married as teenagers on December 26, 1953. Their enduring love was evident to all as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary together this past Christmas season surrounded by their family.

In addition to his wife, Elizabeth, Warren is survived by his children, Debra Ann Toler Lowe, Nina Frances Toler, and Warren F. Toler, Jr. and his wife, Sandra. Four grandchildren, Amy Elizabeth (Brandon) Marshall, Joseph Bradley Clem, Warren F. “Trey” Toler, III, and Cassandra Lee Toler, and 7 great grandchildren, Colby Wallace, Reagan Henry, Gretchyn Rawlins, Ryder Rawlins, Madelyn Clem, Warren “Cade” Toler, IV and Ava Toler.

He is also survived by two sisters, Laverne Adams and Dora (Jim) Watkins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Ted Lowe, 2 sisters, Margie Spencer, Norma Jones, 3 brothers, Shelby Toler, John Toler, and Kelly Toler, as well as 5 siblings that died in childhood, Madge, G.B. Jr., Ronnie, Donnie, and Stanley Toler.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 22, 11 AM at the Warren F. Toler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Barnett officiating. Burial will be at the West Irvine Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6 to 8 PM.

Pallbearers: Trey Toler, Brad Clem, Irfan Rashid, Ryder Rawlins, Cade Toler, Colby Wallace, Gretchyn Rawlins, and Cassie Toler

Honorary Pallbearers: Amy Marshall, Reagan Henry, Madelyn Clem, Ava Toler, Lyric Koch, Rick Chaney, David Witt, and Tony Murphy

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to The Gideons International, P O Box 327, Irvine, KY 40336


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