James Tolliver, Jr., of Monticello, was many things, but by all accounts, was certainly one of God’s own prototypes. He shuffled off this mortal coil on April 10, 2016, dying in the comforts of his own home. Born in Corbin, Ky., on August 22, 1951, he lived his life on his own terms and by his own definition. Monticello became home to James as a young child, after his family relocated to Wayne County around 1956. He graduated from Monticello High School and attended Somerset Community College, where he received an associate’s degree. He pursued a career as a medical lab technician, which led to stints of employment at hospitals in Kentucky and Florida. He relished the opportunities his vocation afforded him to help heal the ill and excelled at diagnosing ailments through the various tests he conducted in the lab. Throughout his life, James was drawn to nature when he wasn’t at work. As an avid outdoors man, he spent countless hours in the woods, whether it be hunting or fishing or canoeing or a myriad of other activities, he spent a litany of weekends bonding with Mother Nature. A childhood fixation with cowboys and westerns played out in his adulthood, when James began raising and riding horses. He spent countless hours in the saddle and covered many miles on horseback in the wilds of Florida and Kentucky. He also cherished his pets and sometimes seemed to love animals as much as people. He owned dozens of cats and dogs over the course of his life. He was preceded in death by his parents—Elsie Smith Tolliver, James Tolliver, Sr.; and a sister—Barbara Tolliver Lyons. He is survived by a sister—Bonnie Tolliver Kennett; a son—Casey Tolliver; a daughter—Gretchen Tolliver Phillips; three grandchildren— Raiden Phillips, Aralyn Phillips and Tucklan Phillips; and a wife— Joyce McCall Tolliver; and stepson—Shon McCall. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Koger Ramsey officiating Hickey and Son Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published on  April 19, 2016