Paul Griffin Toles

Born: Mon., Sep. 28, 1925
Died: Sat., Mar. 7, 2020


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 13, 2020
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Mar. 14, 2020
Location: Ebenezer Baptist Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 14, 2020
Location: Ebenezer Baptist Church

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  Mr. Paul Griffin Toles, 94, a patient at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and a lifelong resident of Poughkeepsie, NY, went to live in his eternal home on Saturday, March 7, 2020. He was the son of the late William Henry Toles, Sr. and Willie Ann Fuseyamore Toles. As a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School, Mr. Toles entered the US Army in 1944, served in the Pacific Ocean Theatre for 14 months and received 1 Battle Star. In 1946 he received an Honorable Discharge, earning an American Campaign Medal of Good Conduct, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was married twice, to Irma M Patrice in 1951, and to Ida M Freeman in 1990.  Following 35 years of employment he retired from the IBM. Mr. Toles was very active in his community. He was a member of, Ebenezer Baptist Church where he served on the Board of Stewardship and Finance; Nimrod Lodge #96 PHA where he held the title of Past Master; Excelsior Chapter #72, OESPHA where he held several offices; and member of King David #29. Other memberships held were in Hoe bowl Mardi-Bob Bowling League, Catharine Street Center Glee Club and Catharine Street Rod and Gun Club where he was chairman of Nominating Committee. Paul in his spare timed loved to watch the jets play football and the Yankees play baseball. Left to cherish his memory are daughters, Yvette L. Toles and Patrice B. Toles; Grandchildren, Patrice Yvette Davenport, Geon Paul Garrett, Minister Herrell Paul Washington (Dominique Washington); Special Companion, Susie Turner; several nieces and nephews; and a great number of friends and acquaintances. He was predeceased by his parents, William Henry Toles, Sr. and Willie Ann Fuseyamore Toles; wife, Ida M Toles; sisters, Theresa Toles, Irene Toles Hembrick, Minerva Toles Hopkins; and a brother William H. Toles Jr.

  Visitation will be held Friday, March 13, 2020 6pm to 8pm at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 15 Smith Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 and Saturday, March 14, 2020 10am to 11am.  A Celebration of life will begin 11am with Pastor Bell officiating.  Burial to follow at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.  Services have been entrusted to Joseph J. Darrow Sr. Funeral Home, Inc.  39 So. Hamilton St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845)452-1840.  To send online condolences please visit our website at

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Ronald Wicks
   Posted Thu March 12, 2020

Spring's Bounty Basket was sent by Pastor and Sister Wicks.

Sending our prayers, love and condolences to the entire family. Love you. Pastor and Sister Wicks.

Alan Kesting
   Posted Fri March 13, 2020
I was sorry to learn of the passing of my friend Paul. I worked with Paul at
IBM Corporation in the 1980,s. We were good friends and had may good time together. Paul among other things was intelligent, honest, humorouw, and a man of faith. He definitely helped make the world a better place and I'm so glad he was a part of my life. May god bless him and his family.

Until we meet again my friend ------------


Mike Gerhart
   Posted Mon March 30, 2020
Thank you for your Service Mr. Paul Griffin Toles. Rest in peace.

Linda Tissiera
   Posted Thu April 02, 2020
I am so sorry to just find out. The last time l saw your dad was at my daughter funeral. He was looking good and we enjoyed him so much, we became Facebook friends. God kept him well for a very long time. I send my prayers for the family with love.