Christine Tolar, 79, of Woodville, passed away Friday, February 4, 2022, at Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston.
Funeral Services will be held Monday, February 7, 2022, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Woodville, Texas. Visitation is from 12 noon until service time. Burial will follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Woodville. Officiating will be Brother Larry Trest and Brother Jay Abernathy. Serving as pallbearers will be Travis Weaver, Ryan Weaver, Lane Weaver, Richard Kenner, Billy Tolar, Bobby Tolar, Casey Tolar, Marcus Tolar, Justin Tolar, Clint Tolar, Scott Tolbert, Tim Durr, Sam Durr, Lloyd Durr, and Gary Touchton.
Christine was born June 10, 1942, to Rufus and Arlevy Durr. She was born into a large family of 22 in Ajax, Louisiana, and attended high school in Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. She came to Woodville in the early 60’s to work in Best Drug Store which was located on the courthouse square. Christine met and married Jesse LeRoy Tolar and since has assisted in managing laundry-mats and automatic car washes. Their last venture was Magnolia Appliance.
Christine was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. In her community, Christine has been actively involved with the Tyler County Fair as well as assisted many kids with their animals during that event. She served on the Girls Softball League Board of Directors and she coached teams and umpired games for over 25 years. She has been instrumental in preparing baseball fields and construction work, including seating and maintenance of ball facilities and grounds. Many years ago, Christine set up a Christine Tolar’s Annual Scholarship Award given to deserving, graduating seniors. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Doucette for 52 years and was also a member of First Baptist Church in Woodville for many years. In church, she has served as song leader, taught the Mary Christian Adult Sunday School Class and Vacation Bible School. She has been an avid worker in every aspect of church programs and activities including starting a bus ministry. She was a dedicated member of the Tyler County Hospital Auxiliary for many years, receiving a service pin award in recognition of five years of her commitment to the hospital.
Christine was considered a dear friend by many, many people. Each year around Christmas time, she shared her beloved hard rock candy and the recipe to all who asked. She has graciously demonstrated to kids and families in many kitchens throughout Tyler County how to make homemade soup, her famous banana pudding and brownies. In the past, as a measure of gratitude, Christine has solely prepared a yearly meal for entire staff members at various offices and businesses.
Her vegetable gardens were almost known as community gardens. She not only planted and grew the vegetables, she shared and delivered them to families and friends throughout this area. A friend said, “If anyone called at anytime for Christine’s help, if able, she would come without hesitation.” She has taken many friends and acquaintances to the doctor, sat with them at the hospital and taken many meals to those in need. “What can I bring?” “What do I need to do?” Her heart is as big as Texas and her love has no limits. Just mention the name Christine Tolar to almost anyone and there is a story to share. Whether it is about a time she has helped or supported or given, listened or touched their lives in some small way…the story is always about a lady who gives relentlessly, expecting nothing in return.
Christine was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Arlevy Durr; sons, Todd Allen Tolar and Rodney LeRoy Tolar; sisters, Marie Williams, Ivy Ford, and Annie Touchton; brothers, John Phillip Durr, Leroy Durr and Boge Durr.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Jesse Tolar of Woodville; son, Brad Tolar and wife Ivanka of Henderson, Nevada; sisters, Louise Taylor, Callie Williams, and Gloria Faye Bryant and husband, Jackie, all of Natchitoches, Louisiana; cherished grandson, Nicholas Tolar; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorials may be made to the Tyler County Hospital Auxiliary Fund, 1100 W. Bluff Street, Woodville, TX 75979.
Services are under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home in Woodville, Texas.