Toby Gay Johnson

Born: Mon., Nov. 16, 1953
Died: Sun., Jun. 24, 2018


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 26, 2018
Location: Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Jun. 27, 2018
Location: Canoochee Missionary Baptist Church


Location: Hebron Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. Toby Gay Johnson, age 64, of Garfield, GA on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Candler County Hospital in Metter, GA.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM, at Canoochee Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. John David Durden officiating.

Interment will follow in the Hebron Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday Evening, June 26, 2018 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are:   Wendell Smith, William Riner, Dan Cowart, Larry Hall, Mike Cross, Mike Hobbs, Rocky Price, Steve Johnson and Jeff Joiner.

Honorary Pallbearers are Employees of Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Mr. Johnson was born November 16, 1953 in Millen, Jenkins County, GA, to the late Taylor and Myra Gay Johnson.  He was a retired supervisor with Norfolk Southern Railroad and a Baptist.

Mr. Johnson loved fishing at Shellman’s Bluff, loved his dogs, and he was devoted to his family.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife, Katie Johnson and a sister, Frances Oxford.   

Survivors include: 

Three Daughters:  Regina Tabor (Dewayne), Christie Henry (Mace), and Caitlin Taylor (Kevin) all of Garfield, GA.

One Sister:  Deloach Martin of Swainsboro, GA

Seven Grandchildren:  Emilee and Eli Tabor, Hagan, Hudson, Hadleigh Kate and Hane Henry, and Trinity Taylor.

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Joe & Tommie Hatcher
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
Regina, Christy and Caitlin, we are so heartbroken to hear about our buddy Toby--Praying for comfort for all 3 of you and just remember that Katie & Toby are together again. Love yall !!

Gene Ragsdale
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
Regina, Christie, Caitlen, so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a friend to a lot of people. I thought of him as my friend.
Prayers for all your family

Tommy Cumbee
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
So Sorry for your loss, Toby and I went to school together and graduated together he was one of my good friends

David Foster
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
So sad that you are gone, but now you are in no more pain.
I will miss you but I plan on seeing you once again my friend.
Rest In Peace...

Brian & Joni Flanders
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Toby was a kind man and we know he will be missed. May God bless your family.

Dianne Robertson
   Posted Sun June 24, 2018
I am so deeply sorry for the loss of Toby. He was a very sweet man. Loved by everyone who ever met him. He will be missed. I pray for his family that they will find peace and know he has his wings now and will never suffer again. God bless you all.

Joy Coleman
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
Sorry for your loss , Prayers to you all.

Benny Abrams
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of my good friend. I will always be thankful that I had the opportunity to get to know him better and to call him a friend. He was a wonderful man and he was a great friend as well. I extend my sympathy to your entire family.

In Friendship & Sorrow,

Benny Abrams & Family

Russell and Reid Johnson
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
Saddened to hear this about Mr. Toby. Him and my dad was very close. Reid and Russ Johnson

Tammie Bennett Land
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.

Dianne Bennett Schoen
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
So sorry to hear about Toby. I know he will be missed.i will be praying for all his family.

   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
Sorry to hear about the passing of a great man, a friend that became a brother, always willing to help when someone was is need never questioned just helped, may he rest in peace. My sympathy to all you girls I know you will miss him.

Pat Cook
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
I'll miss you Toby especially your south Georgia accent and your sense of humor.
You'll have plenty of company with the Lord as every time I turn around members of our railroad generation are leaving us us to see the Lord. There will never be a generation like ours. Deepest condolences to your family in Garfield. Tell everybody with the Lord that we all said hello. God bless you and your loved ones.

Kay Oglesby
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to believe that he is gone. Please let me know if I can do anything to help. May God bless your family.

Jerry McKiven
   Posted Mon June 25, 2018

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS ADDED was sent by Mac McKiven, Jason Parrish and Chris Robertson.

"Them Bankhead Boys" Mac "Gravy" McKiven Jason "Elvis" Parrish Chris "Hillbilly" Robertson

Valerie Abrams
   Posted Tue June 26, 2018

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Benny Abrams.

Morris Swilley
   Posted Tue June 26, 2018
Toby was a dear friend for at least 40 yrs working together at Norfolk Southern. I am so sorry for the loss of such a good man. Toby was very dedicated to his family, he loved them more than life, he talked about all his children and grandchildren all the time. We shared many good fish fry's and stories. He will surely be missed by me. Prayers for the family.

Sheldon Johnson And Mary Ellen Johnson
   Posted Tue June 26, 2018
Regina, Christy, and Caitlin me and mamma are very sorry to hear of your father and friend Toby passing away. We pray that the Lord give ya'll comfort and strength doing this time of grieve

Betty Hutcheson
   Posted Tue June 26, 2018
Christie, I am so sorry for your and your family's loss. May God comfort your hearts.

Yvonne and Billy Trapnell
   Posted Wed June 27, 2018
Dear Miss Christie and Family, our Prayers for comfort and peace to you and your family at this sad time. You are very special to us and May God continue to Bless you in the days ahead. Love and prayers, Grammy

LeAnn Snellgrove
   Posted Wed June 27, 2018
Regina, Christy, and Caitlin we are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a good man and he will be missed by all who knew him. God bless each of you as you go through this journey. Judy and Jimmy Phillips, Matt, LeAnn, Emily, Lelah, and Mattie Snellgrove