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Phylis H. TolbertPassing: September 16, 2019


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Friday, September 20th @ 1:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Friday, September 20th @ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Mitchell Cemetery

Friday, September 20th

BLOOMINGTON – Phylis H. Tolbert, 102, formerly of Mitchell, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019, at Stonecroft Health Campus.

Born July 26, 1917, in Plainville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Ray and Esther (Barnes) Miles.  She married Bernell V. “Tate” Tolbert November 16, 1940, and he preceded her in death December 10, 2000.

Phylis was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church in Mitchell.  She graduated from Plainville High School in 1936.

five daughters,
Dena Fortner of Bloomington
Cheryl Burja of Ocala, Florida
Neva (Roger) Gildersleeve of Bloomington
Cathy (Gary Smart) Allen of Bedford
Tammy (Phil) Gardner of Bloomington
seven grandchildren,
Kam (Amy) Fortner of Ellettsville
Kimberly (Darren) Burja-Gage of New Jersey
Kurt (Hira) Burja of Cambodia
Kelly Burja of Massachusett
Kristy Burja of Georgia
Brig (Jamie Smith) Allen of Harrodsburg
Corey (Zac Crane) Nikirk of Oolitic
six great grandchildren,
Jarrett Tate Fortner, Kam Kasey Fortner, Bradi (Tucker) Embree, Aidan Burja-Gage, Niles Burja and Adam Burja
great great grandchild, Carter Embree
best friend since childhood,
Joy Cunningham of Washington who is 103

Her parents; husband; brothers, Donald Miles, Bill Miles, and Harold Miles; and sons-in-law, Larry Bo Allen and Adam Joseph Burja, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 20, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Allen Burris officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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14 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Janet and Charlie | http://Mitchell
    Date: September 20, 2019
    Dena..so sorry about your mother. Isn't it great that you had for all the years. Am thinking of you and you are in my prayers. Janet Knight Noe
  2. Guest: Jeff, Melanie & Brackon Rainey | http://Bedford, in
    Date: September 19, 2019
    We are truly sorry to hear about Phyllis, love and prayers for all. Take care Cathy & Gary.
  3. Guest: Bob and Carilyn Dillman | http://Gosport
    Date: September 18, 2019
    Tammy and Phil so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts.
  4. Guest: Odie Worley Taylor | http://Bedford
    Date: September 18, 2019
    Dena, Cheryl, Neva, Cathy and Tammy all of you girls are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
  5. Guest: Larry Kidwell | http://Bedford, In
    Date: September 18, 2019
    Sorry for your loss. Larry
  6. Guest: Larry Kidwell | http://Bedford, In
    Date: September 18, 2019
    Sorry for your loss. Thoughts for you ladies Larry
  7. Guest: Trisha Buck- Morrow | http://Bloomington, IN
    Date: September 18, 2019
    I am so sorry for the loss of Phylis. I have some amazing memories of her & the nights at her house. I will cherish them forever. Cathy, Brig, Dena, Neva, Cheryl, Tammy & Corey, you are all in my thoughts & prayers. Love you all ❤❤
  8. Guest: Suzie Batchelor Leatherman | http://Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: September 17, 2019
    So sorry for your loss! Phyllis was a very kind, caring lady! Always had a smile and ready to help anyone however she could! Cherish all your memories and family times you shared! Loving thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
  9. Guest: Rita And Mike Ramey | http://Bloomington, IN
    Date: September 17, 2019
    What a lady, sorry for your loss, thinking of all of you. Mike and Rita Ramey
  10. Guest: Cathy (Alford) Brewer | http://Bedford, In
    Date: September 17, 2019
    Cathy and family, Sincere sympathy in the passing of your mother.
  11. Guest: Donna (Clifton) Villarreal | http://Mitchell
    Date: September 17, 2019
    My thoughts and Prayers are with you Cathy and Family. Your Mother was a very Special Lady, Always with a smile.
  12. Guest: Susan Webster | http://Bedford, IN
    Date: September 17, 2019
    My grandmother was Ruth Moser and Phylis was one of her best freidns. If I remember right, Phylis was one of the ladies that used to play cards and get into trouble that only 80, 90, and 100 year old ladies can get in. I just remember she was very good to my grandma. I hope the two of them are catching up with each other in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
  13. Guest: Dr. Zachary Short O.D. | http://Mitchell, IN
    Date: September 17, 2019
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely Dr. Short and staff
  14. Guest: Brenda Smith | http://Bedford IN
    Date: September 17, 2019
    I am so sorry about your mom, she talked about all you girls often. we had a lot of fun the short time I was with her, I missed her everyday when she moved to Beehive. She is at peace now