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Celebrating the life of
Cecil Jan Tootle
Passed away on May 21, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. - Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Funeral Service
  • 11:00 a.m. - Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Interment
  • - Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park
  • 1600 Wheaton Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-234-3458

I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man of God. I am praying for the family in your time of grief. I send a special hug out to Gloria. Strangely, I was thinking of of him last week and how he would check on my father in the nursing home, because I was living so far away. No matter the time and distance we are from old friends, they always are in your heart. Prayers, Kay

Kay Hutto Truby, Mandeville , LA

May the friends and family of Mr. Tootle find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). We can also rest assured that God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/about-life-and-death/

Paulaina, ,

Dear Gloria & other family members: Please accept our deepest sympathy. Jan will be remembered as kind, caring, funny, and hard-working. The SHS Class of 1957 is honored to call him "ours." Most Sincerely, Carolyn

Carolyn Usher Oxenrider, Savannah, GA

I'm sure the stories of how Jan brought joy or encouragement to someone's life could fill volumes of books. His genuineness was a quality not often seen anymore, but in his able hands it exuded effortlessly. My interactions with him were never about him. He was always interested to know and ask about me. What was I doing? How was I doing? What were my plans? And I'm inclined to believe it was the same way with whomever he spoke. He truly cared about people. If ever a cliché were to ring true, it is this: our loss is surely heaven's gain. I know he will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to you Gloria, Kevin, Laurie and family. May the countless "Jan" stories that bring laughter help comfort your hearts now and, in the time to come.

Craig Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, MO

So sad to hear of Mr. Tootle's passing, but I know he is in heaven TALKING to someone. He was such a great man and I have many wonderful memories of him all through my life. Mrs. Tootle, Kevin, Bobbie Nell, and Laurie, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God richly bless during this tough time. Joy always comes in the morning!!

Timothy Smith, Pooler, GA

So sorry to hear of Jan's sudden passing. We are out of state and could not get back but our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Gloria, Kevin, Lori and all the family. Jan was such a fine man and wonderful Christian witness to so many and will be sorely missed but is in Jesus' loving arms.

Jack and Patricia Barrett, Savannah, GA

This is a hard blow, but as long as there is memory, there is life. My memories of Uncle Jan invariably involve smiles and kindness. I see him smiling in a crisp white shirt and tie, beneath an equally crisp, white lab coat, handing his brother's sick little boy a bottle of Coke to wash down a prescription that he'd just filled. I see him in sweat-darkened tennis clothes after giving my wife a serious run for her money on the tennis court, beaming, rosy cheeked, happy to have had the chance to play against someone new and to visit with a new relative. I also remember encountering him in the hallway of Memorial Hospital on the worst day of my life to that date. Uncle Jan's presence, his gentle hand on my shoulder and kind eyes as he told me of my father's, of his brother's, death, robbed the moment of some of its brutal sting. Uncle Jan remains a mainstay, an anchor in my life, and even with his passing, he will remain so. I choose to believe as James Whitcomb Riley says: "He is Just Away" I cannot say, and will not say That he is dead. He is just away. With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into an unknown land And left us dreaming how very fair It needs must be, since he lingers there. And you-- oh, you, who the wildest yearn for an old-time step, and the glad return, Think of him faring on, as dear In the love of there as the love of here. Think of him still as the same. I say, He is not dead-- he is just away. —Foy Tootle, Clayton, Ga

Foy Tootle and Julie Best-Tootle, Clayton , Ga

This is a hard blow, but as long as there is memory, there is life. My memories of Uncle Jan invariably involve smiles and kindness. I see him smiling in a crisp white shite and tie beneath an equally crisp, white lab coat, handing his brother's sick little boy a bottle of Coke to wash down a prescription that he'd just filled. I see him in sweat-darkened tennis clothes after giving my wife a serious run for her money on the tennis court, beaming, rosy cheeked, happy to have had the chance to play against someone new and to visit with a new relative. I also remember encountering him in the hallway of Memorial Hospital on the worst day of my life to date. Uncle Jan's presence, his gentle hand on my shoulder and kind eyes as he told me of my father's, of his brother's, death, robbed the moment of some of its brutal sting. Uncle Jan remains a mainstay, an anchor in my life, and even with his passing, he will remain so. I choose to believe as James Whitcomb Riley says: "He is Just Away" I cannot say, and will not say That he is dead. He is just away. With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into an unknown land And left us dreaming how very fair It needs must be, since he lingers there. And you-- oh, you, who the wildest yearn Or an old-time step, and the glad return, Think of him faring on, as dear In the love of there as the love of here. Think of him still as the same. I say, He is not dead-- he is just away.

Foy Tootle, Clayton, Ga

My sincerest condolences.May Jehovah the God of all comfort be with you and your dear loved ones during this difficult time.(2Cor1:3,4).

Givens, , Ga

I am so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. He was a person you could never forget and loved by all. Gloria, Kevin & Laurie, you are in my prayers. He is with our heavenly father and will be cheering those DAWGS from Above. Love, Mary

Mary Simpson, Savannah, GA

Our thoughts are prayers are with you. Mr. & Mrs. Harry Swicord

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Dear Gloria , Kevin , Laurie and all the family. We are so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. Jan was always so kind and good to me. My heart just aches for you having this terrible loss. We will keep you in our prayers. Our love goes out to you all . LuAnn

LuAnn and Robert Chambers , Jasper , Ga

Dearest. Gloria, What a shock to read of Jan's passing. Please know that you and your family have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Julia

Julia Hickson, Thomasville , GA

Dearest. Gloria, What a shock to read of Jan's passing. Please know that you and your family have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Julia

Julia Hickson, Thomasville , GA

So sorry to hear about Jan's passing so suddenly. He will be missed by many people. Also, The SAT. AM breakfast Club. Charlie "Mose" Waldrop

Charlie Waldrop, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about Jan's passing so suddenly. He will be missed by many people. Also, The SAT. AM breakfast Club. Charlie "Mose" Waldrop

Charlie Waldrop, Savannah, GA

My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Tootle. During this difficult time may you find comfort from the scripture at 1 Corinthians 15:26, where it tells us what will happen to death. Soon death will be done away with for good which means we won't lose our loved ones anymore. That is a time we all are looking forward to.

Kay F, Savannah , Ga

I'm sorry for your great loss. Dads are special and when death separates us from our loved ones the pain at times feels unbearable. Please know that others care and that God heals the brokenhearted, Psalm 147:3. Christs made to us a promise that we will soon see our loved ones again, John 5:28,29. I hope that beautiful memories and thoughts of him bring you peace

Nicole, ,

Some of my fondest memories growing up in Bull Street Church were with my teen group, The Salt Company. Jan and Gloria were an integral part of that. As Pam's uncle, he was an "uncle" to all of us - always warm, welcoming, supportive and lots of fun! Still an inspiration to this day and always. Heartfelt condolences and love to Gloria and your entire family.

Terri Brannen Slater, Norwich, CT

When I first think of Jan I immediately think of the saying, “Don’t just talk the talk. You have to walk the walk!” That defines Jan’s faith! He was my Sunday School teacher when I was a teenager. I have always admired the love and values that he and his family represent. To Gloria and family I send my hugs and love. Love you all! Melodie

Melodie Moye Moore, Savannah, GA

Gloria and Family, You have my heart-felt sympathy for Jan's passing. May God strengthen you during this difficult time and grant you peace as only He can.

Ann M. Frech, Savannah, GA

Jan's smile, twinkle in his eye, mischievous questions, and abiding faith will always be with me. THANK YOU, Jan Tootle, for gracing our lives with your love of God, of your family, your friends, and of LIFE! Gloria, Kevin, Laurie and larger Tootle family ... we love you. If Dad and Mom were here ... well, you know how they would feel and the love they would send. We're with you in spirit, thought, heart, and soul ... and we celebrate Cecil Jan Tootle!

Joy Berger and John Reed, Louisville, KY

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Gloria and your family! I thought a lot of Jan and he will be sorely missed.

Hylos Barrett , Acworth , Ga

Gloria and family, all of you are in my prayers. Jan impacted our lives in so many great ways. My heart is breaking for all of you. May God hold you in the palm of your hand during this difficult time. Larry and Carolyn Speir

Larry and Carolyn Speir, Pooler, GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

May God's blessings and peace be with Gloria, Kevin, Laurie and their families. The faith they are showing is inspirational at this time and has been throughout their lives. Jan's family's dedication to God during this loss shows even more evidence of the man Jan was to his family and the community. ----- Jan was the best uncle a girl could ask for. He made sure I knew I always had his love and support. He was a perfect example of Christ's love and care for all. I will miss his presence in my life horribly, but I am comforted by the knowledge he is safe in God's heavenly home.

Gilmore/Hadsell, Augusta, GA

Cecil Jan Tootle passed away on May 21, 2018 at his home in Savannah, GA.  He was born on July 29, 1939 in Tattnall County, GA, the youngest of nine children, and moved to Savannah when he was 9 years old.  He graduated from Savannah High School in 1957 and began working at Reeves-McTeer Wholesale Drug Company.  He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy in 1963 where he was a member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity and served on the executive council of the Baptist Student Union. He won the Lunsford-Richardson Award for writing and the Georgia Pharmacist Award while serving on the “Georgia Pharmacist” editorial staff.

He began his career at Don Auld’s Prescription Shop in 1963.  He was a member and past president of the Savannah Pharmaceutical Association, and a member of the First District Pharmaceutical Association and Georgia Pharmaceutical Association.

He was a member of the Exchange Club of Savannah, past member of the Savannah Rotary Club and Savannah Quarterback Club, and an avid supporter of University of Georgia sports programs and Braves baseball.  He was a longtime member of Bull Street Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of Board of Deacons and Sunday School teacher and was currently a member of First Baptist Church of Richmond Hill.  He had many hobbies including golf, softball, tennis, and collecting western memorabilia.  But more than anything, he loved spending time with his five grandsons, playing golf, Monopoly, and ping pong.

Jan truly never met a stranger and volunteered often at the Baptist Center and Prison Ministries, working tirelessly to help those less fortunate than himself and was never ashamed to share the love of Christ with all he met.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gloria Harrison Tootle, his son, Kevin Jan Tootle (Bobbie) and his daughter, Laurie Tootle Slaughter (Andy), his 5 grandsons, Malloy and Sam Tootle, and Harrison, Colson, and Marshall Slaughter, and many nephews and nieces that he loved dearly.  He is preceded in death by his parents and his 8 brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel.

The funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 in the Hodgson Chapel of Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors.

Interment will follow in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to CURE Childhood Cancer, 200 Ashford Center N, Suite 250, Atlanta, GA 30338 or www.curechildhoodcancer.org and The Dream Campaign, P.O. Box 5306, Savannah, GA 31414 or www.helpmedream.org

 

 

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I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man of God. I am praying for the family in your time of grief. I send a special hug out to Gloria. Strangely, I was thinking of of him last week and how he would check on my father in the nursing home, because I was living so far away. No matter the time and distance we are from old friends, they always are in your heart. Prayers, Kay

Kay Hutto Truby, Mandeville , LA

May the friends and family of Mr. Tootle find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). We can also rest assured that God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/about-life-and-death/

Paulaina, ,

Candle tribute lit by Lynda Kennedy — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Tom and Amy Fitzgerald — Georgia

Dear Gloria & other family members: Please accept our deepest sympathy. Jan will be remembered as kind, caring, funny, and hard-working. The SHS Class of 1957 is honored to call him "ours." Most Sincerely, Carolyn

Carolyn Usher Oxenrider, Savannah, GA

I'm sure the stories of how Jan brought joy or encouragement to someone's life could fill volumes of books. His genuineness was a quality not often seen anymore, but in his able hands it exuded effortlessly. My interactions with him were never about him. He was always interested to know and ask about me. What was I doing? How was I doing? What were my plans? And I'm inclined to believe it was the same way with whomever he spoke. He truly cared about people. If ever a cliché were to ring true, it is this: our loss is surely heaven's gain. I know he will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to you Gloria, Kevin, Laurie and family. May the countless "Jan" stories that bring laughter help comfort your hearts now and, in the time to come.

Craig Buchanan, Cape Girardeau, MO

So sad to hear of Mr. Tootle's passing, but I know he is in heaven TALKING to someone. He was such a great man and I have many wonderful memories of him all through my life. Mrs. Tootle, Kevin, Bobbie Nell, and Laurie, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God richly bless during this tough time. Joy always comes in the morning!!

Timothy Smith, Pooler, GA

So sorry to hear of Jan's sudden passing. We are out of state and could not get back but our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Gloria, Kevin, Lori and all the family. Jan was such a fine man and wonderful Christian witness to so many and will be sorely missed but is in Jesus' loving arms.

Jack and Patricia Barrett, Savannah, GA

This is a hard blow, but as long as there is memory, there is life. My memories of Uncle Jan invariably involve smiles and kindness. I see him smiling in a crisp white shirt and tie, beneath an equally crisp, white lab coat, handing his brother's sick little boy a bottle of Coke to wash down a prescription that he'd just filled. I see him in sweat-darkened tennis clothes after giving my wife a serious run for her money on the tennis court, beaming, rosy cheeked, happy to have had the chance to play against someone new and to visit with a new relative. I also remember encountering him in the hallway of Memorial Hospital on the worst day of my life to that date. Uncle Jan's presence, his gentle hand on my shoulder and kind eyes as he told me of my father's, of his brother's, death, robbed the moment of some of its brutal sting. Uncle Jan remains a mainstay, an anchor in my life, and even with his passing, he will remain so. I choose to believe as James Whitcomb Riley says: "He is Just Away" I cannot say, and will not say That he is dead. He is just away. With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into an unknown land And left us dreaming how very fair It needs must be, since he lingers there. And you-- oh, you, who the wildest yearn for an old-time step, and the glad return, Think of him faring on, as dear In the love of there as the love of here. Think of him still as the same. I say, He is not dead-- he is just away. —Foy Tootle, Clayton, Ga

Foy Tootle and Julie Best-Tootle, Clayton , Ga

This is a hard blow, but as long as there is memory, there is life. My memories of Uncle Jan invariably involve smiles and kindness. I see him smiling in a crisp white shite and tie beneath an equally crisp, white lab coat, handing his brother's sick little boy a bottle of Coke to wash down a prescription that he'd just filled. I see him in sweat-darkened tennis clothes after giving my wife a serious run for her money on the tennis court, beaming, rosy cheeked, happy to have had the chance to play against someone new and to visit with a new relative. I also remember encountering him in the hallway of Memorial Hospital on the worst day of my life to date. Uncle Jan's presence, his gentle hand on my shoulder and kind eyes as he told me of my father's, of his brother's, death, robbed the moment of some of its brutal sting. Uncle Jan remains a mainstay, an anchor in my life, and even with his passing, he will remain so. I choose to believe as James Whitcomb Riley says: "He is Just Away" I cannot say, and will not say That he is dead. He is just away. With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into an unknown land And left us dreaming how very fair It needs must be, since he lingers there. And you-- oh, you, who the wildest yearn Or an old-time step, and the glad return, Think of him faring on, as dear In the love of there as the love of here. Think of him still as the same. I say, He is not dead-- he is just away.

Foy Tootle, Clayton, Ga

My sincerest condolences.May Jehovah the God of all comfort be with you and your dear loved ones during this difficult time.(2Cor1:3,4).

Givens, , Ga

I am so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. He was a person you could never forget and loved by all. Gloria, Kevin & Laurie, you are in my prayers. He is with our heavenly father and will be cheering those DAWGS from Above. Love, Mary

Mary Simpson, Savannah, GA

Our thoughts are prayers are with you. Mr. & Mrs. Harry Swicord

, ,

Dear Gloria , Kevin , Laurie and all the family. We are so sorry to hear of Jan's passing. Jan was always so kind and good to me. My heart just aches for you having this terrible loss. We will keep you in our prayers. Our love goes out to you all . LuAnn

LuAnn and Robert Chambers , Jasper , Ga

Candle tribute lit by LuAnn Chambers — Georgia

Dearest. Gloria, What a shock to read of Jan's passing. Please know that you and your family have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Julia

Julia Hickson, Thomasville , GA

Dearest. Gloria, What a shock to read of Jan's passing. Please know that you and your family have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Julia

Julia Hickson, Thomasville , GA

So sorry to hear about Jan's passing so suddenly. He will be missed by many people. Also, The SAT. AM breakfast Club. Charlie "Mose" Waldrop

Charlie Waldrop, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear about Jan's passing so suddenly. He will be missed by many people. Also, The SAT. AM breakfast Club. Charlie "Mose" Waldrop

Charlie Waldrop, Savannah, GA

My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Tootle. During this difficult time may you find comfort from the scripture at 1 Corinthians 15:26, where it tells us what will happen to death. Soon death will be done away with for good which means we won't lose our loved ones anymore. That is a time we all are looking forward to.

Kay F, Savannah , Ga

I'm sorry for your great loss. Dads are special and when death separates us from our loved ones the pain at times feels unbearable. Please know that others care and that God heals the brokenhearted, Psalm 147:3. Christs made to us a promise that we will soon see our loved ones again, John 5:28,29. I hope that beautiful memories and thoughts of him bring you peace

Nicole, ,

Some of my fondest memories growing up in Bull Street Church were with my teen group, The Salt Company. Jan and Gloria were an integral part of that. As Pam's uncle, he was an "uncle" to all of us - always warm, welcoming, supportive and lots of fun! Still an inspiration to this day and always. Heartfelt condolences and love to Gloria and your entire family.

Terri Brannen Slater, Norwich, CT

Candle tribute lit by Don & Mary Wilson, 2 RL, Sav — Georgia

When I first think of Jan I immediately think of the saying, “Don’t just talk the talk. You have to walk the walk!” That defines Jan’s faith! He was my Sunday School teacher when I was a teenager. I have always admired the love and values that he and his family represent. To Gloria and family I send my hugs and love. Love you all! Melodie

Melodie Moye Moore, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Patty and Joshua Garland — Georgia

Gloria and Family, You have my heart-felt sympathy for Jan's passing. May God strengthen you during this difficult time and grant you peace as only He can.

Ann M. Frech, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by John & Georgina Myers — Georgia

Jan's smile, twinkle in his eye, mischievous questions, and abiding faith will always be with me. THANK YOU, Jan Tootle, for gracing our lives with your love of God, of your family, your friends, and of LIFE! Gloria, Kevin, Laurie and larger Tootle family ... we love you. If Dad and Mom were here ... well, you know how they would feel and the love they would send. We're with you in spirit, thought, heart, and soul ... and we celebrate Cecil Jan Tootle!

Joy Berger and John Reed, Louisville, KY

Candle tribute lit by Joy Berger and John Reed — Kentucky

Candle tribute lit by Carolyn Neisler Dowdey — Georgia

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Gloria and your family! I thought a lot of Jan and he will be sorely missed.

Hylos Barrett , Acworth , Ga

Gloria and family, all of you are in my prayers. Jan impacted our lives in so many great ways. My heart is breaking for all of you. May God hold you in the palm of your hand during this difficult time. Larry and Carolyn Speir

Larry and Carolyn Speir, Pooler, GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

May God's blessings and peace be with Gloria, Kevin, Laurie and their families. The faith they are showing is inspirational at this time and has been throughout their lives. Jan's family's dedication to God during this loss shows even more evidence of the man Jan was to his family and the community. ----- Jan was the best uncle a girl could ask for. He made sure I knew I always had his love and support. He was a perfect example of Christ's love and care for all. I will miss his presence in my life horribly, but I am comforted by the knowledge he is safe in God's heavenly home.

Gilmore/Hadsell, Augusta, GA

Candle tribute lit by Pam Gilmore Hadsell — Georgia


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