Funeral services for Sherman Eugene Tolbert (Sly-Dog, Chess Master), 59, Lawrence, will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Ninth Street Baptist Church in Lawrence.
Mr. Tolbert passed away January 22, 2013 after a long struggle from medical issues.
He was born November 24, 1953 in Lawrence, Kansas, to Gilbert Wesley Tolbert, Jr. and Edna Mae Logan-Rice. He attended Lawrence High School, and received his GED sometime later. He then graduated from technical school.
Mr. Tolbert lived in California, to work as a printer, serving the homeless and preached at Solano Community Crisis Center. He served at the Salvation Army and spoke at the Douglas County Jail, to inmates to let them know that they too can change their lives and that it is never too late. He was called the Chess Master and played Chess at 10th and Massachusetts.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert Tolbert, Jr. and Edna Mae Logan Rice.
Mr. Tolbert leaves to survive him, two children, Tammara Tolbert of Kansas City, Kansas, Dominick Harrell of Kansas City, Kansas; step-father, Spencer Rice of Vallejo, California; brother, Jimmie Tolbert of Topeka, Kansas; a stepbrother, Ronnie Lee of Lawrence, Kansas; a sister, Catherine Tolbert-Gladney of Sikeston, Missouri; two stepsisters, Kay Nash of Lawrence, Kansas and Troi Daniels of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Jordan, Jishaun, Jay`Ana Tolbert; three nieces, Marquita, Marqwuesa, and LaShawndra; three nephews, Brent, Tyronne, and Justin; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Sherman Tolbert Memorial Fund, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.