Charles Augustus Toney Sr.

Published 7:49 am Monday, December 23, 2019

Charles Augustus Toney Sr., affectionately known as “Bop”, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 at Promise Hospital in Vicksburg. He was 97.

Mr. Toney was born in Jacksonville, Fla., to the late George and Edith Toney.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in World War II.

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He had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1946, having owned and operated the Piggly Wiggly grocery store, and later owned and operated Toney’s Sidewalk Café and Tuminello’s Restaurant.

He was an avid football fan and began watching football at an early age. He bled red and blue and followed the Ole Miss Rebels his entire life. He was the best “perch jerker” in Warren County and spent many days at Eagle Lake.

His hobby of gardening provided his family and friends with more cucumbers than they could eat. 

He loved his family and made sure his children were always happy, taken care of, and fulfilled.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Toney was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Hadad Toney; two brothers, George Toney and Eddie Toney; four sisters, Helen David, Nellie David, Sarah Lahood, and Mary Toney.

He is survived by his children, Lana Hand, Toni Toney, Charlene Toney, all of Vicksburg, Barbara Hoey (Jan) of Boston, Mass., and Charles A. Toney, Jr. (Christin) of Vicksburg; five grandchildren Benjamin Hand (Amy), Erica Hand, Lindsay Burgess (Thad), Brandi Toney and Brittany Thomason (John); and seven great-grandchildren, Hudson, Lillian, Kate, Benjamin, Kynsleigh, Kohlson and John Kage.

Services will be Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at noon at Riles Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Randy Thorne, Carl Koestler, Todd Boolos, Lester Tzotzolas, Peter Mims, Paul Boolos, Benjamin Hand IV, Thad Burgess and John Thomason.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS  39216, or to the Le BonHeur Children’s Hospital, 848 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN  38103.