The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


June 18, 2013

Terrice Toney

— On a day in November, Terrice A. Toney was born to Inez Vandervier Ayers and A. D. Ayers. She was the right age to be baby Jesus in the church Christmas pageant. From that day to the end of her life the church was always the center of her life.

Her siblings are Milam Ayers, deceased of Winder, Ga.; Jeanette Johnson of Lake Park, Ga.; Jack Ayers of Atlanta, Ga.; Jacqueline Burkhalter of Helen, Ga.; Myra Pace of Sautee Nacoochee, Ga.; and Norman Ayers of Cleveland, Ga.

She was married to Elmo Toney Jr. for 53 years. They have five children, Elaine Peterson and husband Richard of Wooster, Ohio, David Toney and wife Victoria of Athens, James Toney and wife Dehone of Montgomery, Susan Smisson and husband Drake of Lookout Mountain, Ga., Lisa Gray and husband James of Warner Robins, Ga.

She loved and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They are Christopher Toney and wife Kim, Michael Toney and wife Lisa, Hoyt Toney, Stephen Toney, Ashley Toney, Matthew Smisson and wife Bethany, Hope Smission, James Gray III and wife Sarah, Elaine Price and husband Jonathan, Angela Whitehead and husband Jacob.

While living in Atlanta, she attended Pryor Street Presbyterian Church. Moving to Athens, Ala., the family made the First Presbyterian Church their place of worship.  Returning to Georgia, the family attended Vineville Presbyterian Church of Macon, Ga. and later North Macon Presbyterian Church, PCA.  After the death of her husband, her niece Connie Hood encouraged her to move to Helen, where Nacoochee United Methodist Church became her church home.

Terrice never met a stranger, which is why she served the community in so many ways.  When her family was younger, she served as a Girl Scout leader, helped the ball teams, and was a terrific cook and great friend.  In the churches she taught Sunday school, organized many functions, especially those that involved the kitchen or flowers. Her ability to organize and work well with others gave her the opportunity to share her strengths. God led her along some exciting paths.

In lieu of flowers her wishes would be a donation to Nacoochee United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 426, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571; or Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Inc., 2150 Limestone Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501.

The celebration of her life was held at Alexander Funeral Home in Cleveland, Ga., on Tuesday, June 18. Visitation with friends and family was from 11a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with the service following.  Burial was held at 4 p.m. in the Old Shadowlawn Cemetery in Lawrenceville, Ga. 

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Arrangements for Mrs. Terrice Ayers Toney were handled by Alexander Funeral Home of Cleveland, 706-865-1500.

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