James Arthur Tolley Jr.


James Arthur Tolley Jr., age 95, of Aurora, Missouri, passed away at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at his home.  He was born June 22, 1921, in Kansas City, Missouri the son of the late James and Bernice (Clark) Tolley Sr.

James was a United States Navy veteran and worked in the Animation and Projection Department for Disney Studio’s.

On March 29, 1947, he married Helen Austin in Paola, Kansas.  She preceded him in death on March 25, 2017.

He is survived by his daughter, Charlynne Tolley, of Santa Clarita, California; son, Allen Tolley, of Worland, Wyoming; brother, Robert Tolley, of Aurora; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

His parents, James and Bernice, wife, Helen, brother, Kenneth Tolley and sister-in-law, Nancy Tolley, preceded her in death.

Burial will be at the Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri, under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora, Missouri.

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I am very sorry to read of the loss of, Mr. Tolley. With his accomplishments, and dedications, both in his professional life and personal one, he was an amazing man! I won't pretend to know what you're going through, but what has helped me deal with the loss of those I love is turning to the Scriptures, something that has been a real source of comfort. One Scripture that gives me hope is John 5:28, 29 which says, " Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out ." I hope that this verse will also comfort you and, I hope you and your family can get through this difficult time. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your beloved father, grandpa and friend. Sincerely, Meryl, jw.org - [email protected]

 Posted May 26, 2017 - 2:06pm

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