Gene Toney

Harris Eugene "Gene" Toney, 61, passed on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. He was one of 11 children born to Rev. Harris Toney and Mrs. Marie C. Toney, on Sept. 30, 1952, in Madison, Ala. He was baptized at an early age at Gospel Lighthouse Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Gene was an active member of Christian Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church where he served on the Usher Board and in the Male Chorus. He attended Chattanooga Public schools. After graduating from Riverside High School in 1970, Gene attended Oak Ridge Associated University (Training and Technology) 1970-1972. Gene was formerly employed with the Colonial Baking Co. and the City of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Riley Toney and Mrs. Ella Lee Caudle. He leaves to cherish his loving memories: his adoring wife, Belinda Smith Toney and his parents. He was the proud father of one daughter, Tami (Kevin) Waites; three sons, Gary (Lisa) Toney, Tannis (Denise) Hall and Elliott Toney; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Toney Johnson, Elaine Toney (Frank) Hill, Teresa Toney (Lee) Merrill, and Renee Toney Phifer; brothers, Calvin (Judy) Toney, Gregory,(Audrey) Toney, Donald (Pamela) Toney, Ardis (Darlene) Toney, Danny (Donna) Toney and Cedric (Venita) Toney; sisters-in-law, Wanda Smith ONeal, Jacqueline (Ernest) Varner, Acworth, Ga.; brothers-in-law, Rev. Alvin (Johnnie) Smith, Knoxville, James (Donna) Smith, JaMichael (Dalia) Smith, Murrieta, Calif.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church. Interment: Lakewood Memory Garden, East. The body will lie in state after noon today and the family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. this evening at John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.

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