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.
Messages & Condolences
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE TOLBERT FAMILY.
SHERM….IT WAS GREAT HAVING YOU IN MY LIFE AS A CLOSE FRIEND. I KNOW WE WILL MEET AGAIN.
UNTIL THEN KICK BACK AND TAKE IT EASY BECAUSE THE ROUGH PART IS OVER.
sly dog i will miss u so much playing chess with u and knowing that u made people smile and staying out on the streets with u.u touched alot of peoples lives and u did what u needed to do to help anyone u could.sorry that ur not here anymore. love u man RIP
My condolences to Sherman’s family. He always seemed to have a warm smile on his face. He will be missed by all.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sly Dog you will be missed.
Always loved uncle. Nef always got you on his mind.
godspeed slydog rip
I will always love you dog. Love nef
My condolences to the extended Tolbert family. Sherman always had a big smile and a big personality. He gave alot and I am sure he will be missed a great deal. We shared many good times growing up in Lawrence. I had not seen Sherman for years and ran into him at a hotel in Wichita, about 30 miles from where I now live. He was easy to recognize and we had a wonderful visit. He touched the hearts of many people and I am sure influenced many lives. He will be missed but always remembered with a smile on my face and that of many others. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
To the Tolbert family, I am so very sorry for your loss…..Sherman was a very special friend of mine and I will truly miss his smile, Sherman you will be so greatly missed by so many, you touched our hearts in so many ways.
Rest In Paradise my friend until I see you again. God Bless you all!!!
I want to say that my hart goes out to the Tolbert family at your time of loss and I want to tell sly-dog that Anthony said its all good my brother so look up and smile becouse God is with you Amen
RIP Sherm,I will miss you and that great big smile of yours. May you sleep in the arms of the angels.God Bless The Tolbert Family.<3 Sharon
R.I.P. SHERMCASTER ! Show’em how to do it up there Cuz ! Thank you for all the life experiences we had growing up in ” The L ”
ONELUV CUZ !
My deepest sympathy to the Tolbert family. Sherman you may be gone in body but not in spirit. RIP and blessings to the family.
I send my condolences to the family. I knew the family for along time I meet Cathy first, we went to Merrit College in Oakland CA in 1975 some 37 yrs ago. I meeted Slydog sometime later and we started dating.What a wild and crazy guy, a great time in my life. I will truly miss him.He will always have a peice of my heart.REST IN PARADISE DOG!!! I will see you at thenight club in the big blue sky.
So sorry to hear that Sherman passed, although I know that he immediately challenged every angel to a chess match. My heart goes out to his family and friends. What a vibrant personality! That smile that went from ear to ear…was so contagious. He shared wisdom born of hard experience, but the mark of a truly great soul, is the ability to take the mistakes and hard times and use them to help others…that was Sherman. I will remember that always, along with his love of music and laughter…and a particular time when we stood in the middle of the street and danced to the music of The Emotions…a song called Flowers…”let that music flow over you and me..all over the world” that music is the love of God…something Sherman knows very very well. Godspeed my friend.
Our condolences go out to the family of Sherman Tolbert. I had the pleasure of meeting him last summer and he treated me as i was family and enjoyed spending time at his home. I also got the pleasure of meeting his sister Cathy….what a bright light she is. Be strong family cause God has got our back. Rest in Heaven Sherman, you will be missed.
Condolences to Sherman’s family…I can’t think of Sherman without thinking of his smile and the way he would throw his head back when he laughed! It’s been many years since we spoke but it was always nice to know he was there. You will be missed by many……Rest Sherman.
God Bless you Sherman. You are surrounded by LOVE and LIGHT!
My condolences to the Tolbert Family. To loose a loved one in death is never easy and death is an enemy that leaves a heart of pain and emptiness. However the Almighty God made provisions to undo the suffering, sickness, pains and to do away with death forever. Jesus Christ showed his power, care and love for mankind when he was on the earth. Very soon the fulfillment of God’s word will be realized, and all those asleep in death will be awaken to a life of perfect peace on a perfect paradise earth(John 5:28&29- those in the memorial tombs will hear the voice of his son Jesus and come out; Isaiah 25:8 – Jehovah God will swallow up death forever; Psalms 37:10,11&29- the meek and righteous one will possess the earth and live forever upon it). I hope these scriptures and wonderful promise from God brings you much comfort during this difficult time. Revelation 21:4-Gods promise that death will soon be no more.
Here’s to you Sherman and condolences to the extended Tolbert family.
One of the first people I met when I moved to Lawrence in 1968, Sherman always had a smile and a friendly greeting to the new kid.
I saw Sherman a couple of times here in California and am so sorry to hear of his passing.
My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to Sherman’s friends and family, especially his children. I hope to meet him again one day across a chess board.
to janice, kathy,jimmie ,an the rest of my family as sherman was my cousin also we have been through a lot in the past 2 years but god is in control an he promised to put no more on us than what we could bear .he makes no mistakes . sherman is out of his pain an suffering so we must accept god,s will an let him be at rest . miss him but let him go . i love you family an you are in my prayers. cousin cynthia ,logan ,sims
Our condolences goes out to the family. Rest In Peace.
T o: The family of Sherman Tolbert ,I’m deeply saddened to hear the passing of life of Sherman.I am the Uncle of his Mother Edna Tolbert. To Cathy,Jimmie,Janice and all his children and grandchildren be stong,bond together and always remember everything happens for a reason,and God is always in control.
RIP Sly Dog…….My Condolences goes out to the family and friends.
My condolences to the family and friends of Sherman Tolbert.We go along way back,I will miss the times we spent just talking and catching up.RIP gone but never forgotten Sly Dog you will be a friend for life
My condolences goes out to the family. Sherman was a friend, and we go back a long way ,12th of New Jersey. I have not talked with Sherman in years but my he Rest in Peace. You will never be forgotten.
“Sly Dog “
He was more than a cousin, he was like a big brother, who always had time or the right answer. He will truly be missed. My heart goes out to the family. I feel your pain. Sherman would tell us all to “stop it”. That was the sly dog I knew. REST IN PEACE COUSIN. I LOVE YOU
Shereman was the best cousin ever and had the biggest heart. If you needed anything and you ask him for help, he would make it his personal job to meet your need. I know he is with our God. Rest now, we all loved you.
our condolences to Sherman’s family. Sherman was a good man. We go way back. Pinckney School. Rest in peace.
My condolences to Sherman’s family. I pray family and friends will be gentle with yourselves and each other as you make this journey. He remains in our hearts.
Sherman – I really liked you. And I truly wish I had known you were ill. What laughs we would have had. Mrs. Sly
Sherman was my buddy. When God made him, he broke the mold cuz Sly Dog was truly one of a kind! My deepest condolences to his family and everyone else who loved him. I will miss him dearly.
My deepest condolences to Sherman “Sly Dog” and family. I will make efforts to attend the funeral, God’s-will! I am blessed to have spent quality time while back in Lawrence 2012 with Sherman. He was full of life yet spoke realistic about death. He was so faithful to our maker, totally unwavering! Sherman, you will be in my heart and mind. Your friend for ever.
Love to all,
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