Jimmie Dee Tolliver

 
  Jimmie Dee Tolliver, age 85, of Cole Camp, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, MO from a cancer that he fought everyday for the past 11 ½ years.  He was born on February 6, 1935 in Warsaw, the son of Lucy Kirby Tolliver.
Jimmie grew up in Warsaw where he started working at the age of 9, shining shoes, delivering ice, cleaning floors at the school, or anything else he could do to help his family out. Even at a young age, he was mindful of caring for his family.  He graduated from Warsaw High School in 1953 where he was a top athlete in school.  He then attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, MO.
Jimmie was a United States Army veteran and served his country during the Korea War.  He was honorably discharged and returned to Warsaw.
Jimmie was a master wood carver and began working for Reinhart Fajen in the beginning phase of the Fajen Gunstock. He was a loyal employee and retired after 42 years of employment.  He continued his craft doing custom work for people all over the world from his home.  He was an acclaimed trap shooter and he enjoyed listening to country music, watching sports and spending time with his dogs and cats.  However, his family was always #1 on his list and the time spent with them was his most precious possession.
Above all else, Jimmie was a Christian.  He and his wife, Rita, would hold hands each evening while saying their prayers.  His faith guided him through his illness and he always had time to pray for others.  He was a wealthy man, not by possessions but by friends and family.  He once said, “When I die, I will be a wealthy man if I have enough friends for every finger on one hand (5)”.
Jimmie was preceded in death by his mother, Lucy Tolliver, two brothers, Robert Tolliver and Donnie Tolliver and a niece, Sherry Doyle.
Jimmie is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Rita, of the home, two step-sons, John Offield (Mimi) of Camdenton, MO, and Luke Offield (Lisa) of Columbia, MO, and three step-grandchildren.  Also surviving are three nephews, David M. Tolliver and Jeff D. Tolliver (Christy) all of Cole Camp, and Bob Tolliver (Toni) of Portland, Maine, four nieces, Liz Hollingsworth (Dave), Missy Wright (Randy), Vicky Redwing (Rodney) all of Warsaw, Gwen Punsky of Portland, Maine, and many great-nieces and nephews, a brother-in-law, Randy Hale of Sedalia, MO and his mother-in-law, Alice Grupe of Cole Camp, MO, other relatives and a host of friends.
Graveside Services with Military Rites will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2:00 P.M., at Shawnee Cemetery in Warsaw, MO.  Memorials may be made to Shawnee Cemetery in care of the Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw, MO.
A special “Thank You” to Dr. Nick Gray for all the home visits for the last 4 years.

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