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James Toliver

June 21, 1936 ~ January 18, 2022 (age 85)

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On June 21, 1936, Alfred and Angela Toliver welcomed their one and only son James Alfred Toliver.

As a child he attended Campbell Elementary in Austin, TX. Upon moving to California, he attended Carver & Forsey Middle Schools, and graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. He continued his education at General Motors obtaining a degree in paint and body work.

He married Gwen Pete and to this union a son was born.

Mr. Toliver was a very talented musician playing both the alto and tenor saxophone, harmonica, and guitar. He played throughout the U.S., playing at various venues from the 50’s to the 90’s. Sharing the stage with James Brown, Edgar Rice, Big Momma Thornton, the Ike & Tina Revue, T-Bone Walker and Aretha Franklin just to name a few. He toured under the names: Jimmy Toliver and His Fascinators, and Jimmy Toliver and His California Blues Men.

Upon moving back to Texas in the early 70’s he and his family purchased a small motel and bar, naming it the Texas Golden Nugget. There he met Pinkie Herron and to this union a daughter was born.

He was preceded in death by both parents.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory and legacy his son Alfred (wife Tavie), daughter Angela, granddaughter Brie-Jainaye and great grandson Khy’len Toliver Thomas. He also had a very good friend who he loved dearly Toby Conway, and Michael Diggs who was like a son to him. He also leaves a host of cousins, and friends.

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January 28, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 E 12th St
Austin, TX 78702

Celebration of Life
January 29, 2022

11:00 AM
Alice Taylor King Chapel of King-Tears Mortuary, Inc.
1300 East 12th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Video is available for this event

January 29, 2022

1:00 PM
Oakwood Cemetery
1601 Navasota
Austin, TX 78702

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