Connie Gadd Toler

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Connie Gadd Toler

Connie Gadd Toler Connie Gadd Toler, 68, of Athens, died Saturday, Jan. 5, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Born August 29, 1950, in Princeton, Connie was the daughter of Ennis Elaine and Robert Lee Gadd.
Knowing she was born to be an educator, she graduated from high school at the age of 16 and was hired by the Summers County school system by 19. Connie spent most of her 36-year career as a teacher in the Mercer County Board of Education, working at Matoaka, Spanishburg and Melrose schools, where she was known for her compassion toward all students and strict adherence to the same rules for everyone.
As students remembered her this week, they recalled Connie's support of their individuality, creativity, ready hugs when they were most needed - and her demand that they maintain her high standards for good behavior.
Connie spent decades as part of Alpha Delta Kappa, a teacher's sorority committed to building educational excellence, altruism and world understanding through fellowship. It was through this association that she became a supporter of Camp Kno Koma, a safe summer camping experience for children in and around West Virginia with diabetes. It focuses on adventure, education and friendship.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Ennis and Robert Gadd.
She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Douglas Toler, of Athens; their daughter, Tammie Toler and her love, Steve Maynard, of Elgood; sisters Laine Pickrel and her husband, Steve, of Nashville, Tenn., and Debbie Mitchem and her husband, Danny, of Elgood; sisters-in-law Linda Hatfield and her husband, Glenn, and Frieda Harman and her husband, Bob; nieces April Clay and her husband, Eric; Carla Stewart and her husband, Jason, and Cristi Jones and her husband, Paul; several great-nieces and great-nephews, and thousands of students whose lives she touched throughout her career.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Connie Gadd Toler will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, January 10, 2018 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor Jerry Martin of Pine Grove Missionary Church officiating. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Princeton.
Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared with the family via The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations be made to: Alpha Delta Kappa, Future Educator Scholarship Fund, in memory of Connie Gadd Toler, Concord University Foundation, P.O. Box 1405, Athens, WV 24712.
Pallbearers will be Rob Curry, Ron Lovell, Steve Maynard, Al Morgan, Mike White, Ronald White and Matthew Williams.
The Toler family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory and Cremation Center on Athens Road in Princeton.
Published on January 7, 2019
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Drema (White) Coburn
Jan 08, 2019
I went to school with Connie, and we graduated together. She was always destined to teach. I remember her as kind, very moral, and a friend to all. In 1982 my precious mother died at Melrose Elem. School. Connie tried to do CPR on her, but it was too late. I am very thankful she was there with her as my mother graduated to Heaven.
Connie Leuliette
Jan 08, 2019
I have many, many special memories of Connie. Among those were her help and support for me when I served as WV treasurer for A△K. It was wonderful of her to give me a front seat on the bus to Boston for the A△K International Convention in 2001. She won't be forgotten. My deepest condolences to her family.
Connie and Robin Wiley
Jan 08, 2019
We both would like to send our prayers and support to Doug and Tammie and this time of loss. Connie was a special person that the Lord only blesses the world with once in a lifetime. May He give you both the support you need at this time.
RochElle Ball
Jan 08, 2019
Tammie and family Mrs Toler was a wonderful teacher and friend it's was a honor to know her all these years.she was my teacher at Melrose Elementary. And later in life a wonderful friend.God needed another rose for his garden.
Please except our Condolences
Jeremy and Rochelle Ball.
Roger and Sren lokay
Jan 07, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers for a wonderful family.
Larry & Linda Crews
Jan 07, 2019
Due to illness we won’t be able to meet with you, the family. But I just want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers .