January 28, 2013
Milton E. Tolliver, Sr. was called to his eternal rest on the night of Monday, January 28, 2013 amongst family in the comfort of his home in Hyattsville, Maryland. Milton was born on March 23, 1939 to the late John James Chisel and Margaret Marie Tolliver in Wilson, North Carolina. Due to the untimely death of his mother when he was only 5 years of age, Milton was raised by his maternal grandfather, Sim Tolliver, and aunt, Georgia Mae Tolliver.
Milton received his education in the public schools of Elm City, North Carolina. During his youth, he enjoyed playing baseball and had a passion for singing. As a student at Frederick Douglas High School, Milton's strong interest in vocal performance led him to join the Glee Club and to also form a small group called "The Crowns" in which he sang lead. They performed at their school, parties, talent shows, and other local events.
Upon graduating from high school in 1958, Milton moved to Washington, DC where he joined his father and several other relatives. He gained work experience at the Army Map Service, Sheraton Park Hotel, and the U.S. Soldiers' Home. While employed at the Sheraton Park Hotel, Milton and several colleagues formed a social club called "The Royal Vikings" - a non-profit organization that donated food and clothing to the area's needy populations each year during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. After seven years in the Federal Government with the Soldiers' Home, Milton accepted a law enforcement position with the District of Columbia Department of Corrections facility in Lorton, Virginia. He worked there for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1996 and was the recipient of numerous Department awards recognizing his dedicated service and exemplary performance.
During his retirement years he enjoyed watching old Western movies, spending time with his wife at their vacation home in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and ensuring that he stayed productive by driving seniors to their weekday appointments.
Milton loved his family dearly and took tremendous pride in being a provider. Never one to complain, he welcomed life's joys and persevered through its challenges with a quiet strength which often spoke louder than words - a strength that will resonate in the hearts of those who loved him for years to come.
Milton leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 39 years, Pearl Mardelle Tolliver; five children, Milton Tolliver, Jr. of Washington, DC, Crystal Bradley (Louis) of Capitol Heights, MD, Quandra Ringold (Taurus) of Hayward, CA, Reginald Tolliver (Jinna) of Hyattsville, MD, and Melanie Lacy (Gharun) of Rockville, MD; eight grandchildren, Marcus, Virgil, Jamal, London, James, Regginae, Juliana, and Logan; one brother, James Chisel (Sally) of Denver, CO; one sister, Esther Chisel of Rocky Mount, NC; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Viewing on Saturday, February 9 at Christ Temple of Joy, 6300 Baltic St. Capitol Heights, MD (map/directions) from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery (map/directions).
Professional services entrusted to Horton's Funeral Home.
Viewing - Christ Temple of Joy, Capitol Heights - 10:00 a.m.
Funeral - Christ Temple of Joy - 11:00 a.m.
Interment - Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring