Sue Toney died July 17, 2014, at Autumn Care of Nash in Nashville, NC. She was born November 28, 1917, in Fort Mill, S.C., to William Roy Horton, Sr., and Hester Sue Harton Horton. When her father started working for Cone Mills, the family moved to Cliffside, N.C.
Sue’s parents and all her siblings preceded her in death. She was older than her three siblings: William Roy Horton, Jr. (wife Margaret), Mary Frances Neal (husband Norris), and Frederick Bobo Horton (wife Jean).
Sue married Fay Jolley in 1938, and they lived in Cliffside. To them were born two sons: Jerry (wife Charlotte) of Rocky Mount, N.C., and Leonard (wife Pamela) of Irmo, S.C. Fay died in 1967. Leonard died in 2011.
Her three adult grandsons (children of her son Jerry and her former daughter-in-law Mary Luckadoo Jolley) were Sue’s favorite “young folks”: Jonathan Jolley of Hickory, N.C., David Jolley and Michael Jolley, both of Greenville, N.C. She loved every member of her family unconditionally and fortified them for work, travel and all of life with her daily prayers for each by name.
After being a widow for 21 years, Sue married Corin Toney. She loved gaining a step-daughter Rachel and a step-son, J.V. Jones, and their son Kelly. Rachel died in 2011. J.V. and Kelly survive. Sue’s husband, Corin Toney, died in 2000.
Sue always counted Geniece Mauney of Cliffside, N.C., one of her family. Geniece knew it was Sue’s own decision in 2006 to sell her home and move to Somerset Assisted Living in Rocky Mount, N.C., to be near Jerry and Charlotte. Geniece also knew how much she would miss her many friends she was leaving in Cliffside and especially at Race Path Baptist Church where she had been a member since she was 16. Geniece wrote Sue a letter with news from home every week for more than eight years.
Sue was always a positive, very “upbeat” person. Rocky Mount church friends who visited her came away feeling better! Hers had not been an easy life untouched by loss or pain, but she never stopped believing and telling others that God is good. She worked in the Cone Textile Mill many years. It was hot, hard work. As an inspector, she was on her feet all day. She was deeply hurt by the loss of Jerry’s first son Mark in 1964. She mourned both husbands’ deaths. The illness and then the 2011 death of her younger son Leonard from pancreatic cancer grieved her very much. Her son Jerry’s two surgeries for a brain tumor and continuing illness have been extremely painful for her, but she has dealt with all life brought her with much prayer and with her faith in God.
The service for Sue Jolley Toney will be on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Race Path Baptist Church, Ellenboro, N.C., with pastor Rev. Randall Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at the church just prior to the funeral. Arrangements are by McKinney-Landreth-Carroll in Cliffside.