James Alvin Toney

Published 2:28 pm Friday, April 19, 2024

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James Alvin Toney, 66, of Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at Johnson City Medical Center. Born to the late Mary Elizabeth Toney, James was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Marie Cable Toney, and his father, Gene Byers.

James retired as a machinist at Thomasville Furniture. He loved to work and was a jack of all trades. He was dedicated to all of his jobs: as a farmer, produce manager at Save A Lot Grocery for 11 years and as a produce assistant at Ingles.

A native of Washington County, James moved to Elizabethton in 1985 and was a member of Elk River Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon. Some of the many things James enjoyed were farming, fishing, working with wood projects, building cars, drag racing, gardening, cooking, and antiquing, but most of all he loved spending time with his family.

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Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Elizabeth Marie Toney Jones and Michael Todd Jones of Jonesborough; two grandchildren, Ariella Elizabeth Jones and Aaron Michael Jones; a step-granddaughter, Marybeth Irene Jones-Greene; his brother, Joseph Byers of Telford; four sisters, Judy Metcalf of Telford, Judith Toney of Rogersville, Susie Ray and Jenny Byers, both of Telford; his special friend and neighbor, Katrina Frizzell of Elizabethton; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of James’s life will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the Chapel of Peace at Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton. A eulogy will be provided by his daughter, Elizabeth Marie Toney Jones. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. The service will be livestreamed from the funeral home chapel. To view please visit www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and click on James’s obituary and a link will appear at the top of the obituary. Simply click on the link and at the time of the service the livestream will automatically start.

The graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 22, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Joseph Byers, Michael Todd Jones, Aaron Michael Jones, David Cooper, Colton Elliott and Rob Asbury. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton, at 10:15 a.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery. Words of sympathy may be shared with the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com

Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton is honored to serve the Toney family. Office Phone (423) 542-2232.