A Celebration of a Great Life!
Willie “Cool” as he has been known for many years, began his life on March 21, 1957 in Galveston, Texas. He was the second child born to the Late Willie Henry (Papa Cool) and Thelma Ray Tobin.
He attended LaMarque schools until 1975 where he played football and basketball. He joined the U.S. Army in 1975 and served his country with honor and bravery until an unfortunate car accident caused him to take a medical discharge.After being discharged from the Army, Willie went to work for the United States Postal Service delivering mail in east and west Texas City where he remained until his illness led to his retirement in.
He became a member of Progressive Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. B. W. McWashington where he made Jesus his Lord and Savior.He later attended 1st Church of God in Christ, Pastor Polk.
In November 1994, he married his present wife JoeAnn Tobin.They were united for eighteen years until his untimely departure.
He will forever be remembered and loved by his devoted sister Willetta Taylor (Freddie) and brothers Larry (Kathy), and Harold (Tess) Tobin. He also leaves to cherish his memory two uncles, Lloyd Ray (Allie) of California and Valry Lewis of Galveston, and one Aunt, Lillian Batiste of California. His beloved children and step-children, LaShonda Lisa’ Tobin, Seametrican Stokes, Dana Conley, Oscar Allen, Jr; 11 grandchildren: Michael Grant, Payton Jones, A’nya Jones, Joneisha Davis, Carmen Dowdell, Megan Dowdell, Darius Dowdell, Destiny Allen, Kamarion Allen, Logan Stokes and Lawson Stokes. Nieces & nephews, Eric O’Neal Boss (known to Willie as “Starsky”), Patrice Tobin, Harold Little, Harold Tobin, Jr, Tevin Boss, Brandon Minor, Brea Tobin, and Alexia Gabriel. We can’t forget Willie’s sidekick pet J.T. Willie’s extended family includes a host of loving in-laws, and countless other close friends, patrons from his mail routes, associates and family whom were blessed to be a part of his life.
WILLIE HENRY TOBIN, JR., 55, made his departure to be with the Lord early Thursday morning, October 27, 2011, at Mainland Center Hospital in the ICU unit surrounded by family.
The remains will lie in state Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Carnes Funeral Home 3100 Gulf Freeway, Texas City, TX 77591
A morning additional viewing is planned for Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM followed by Funeral Services at 1:00 PM. Both services will be held at Greater St Matthew Baptist Church 6333 Hwy 6 Hitchcock, TX 77563. Pastor WIlliam Randall will officiate the services. Burial will follow at Forest Park East Cemetery, Webster, TX.
He will be missed by all who met him. We could always depend on him for a laugh, because of his wit, humor and generosity.One would have never known he was sick when he flashed that million dollar Tobin smile - no matter what was going on in his life.
We, the family of Willie H. Tobin send our most sincere thanks to the Nursing staff and Doctors who cared for him and the AOS on duty for their diligence and patience shown to us during the final hours.Our words seem so inadequate for what the community of Texas City has done to comfort us during this time. A heartfelt thanks to all of Willie’s lifetime friends for stopping by, or calling, and offering to help in any way possible.Keep us in your prayers and don’t forget we are still here and need your presence in our lives. We love you…
Willie left us with:“It’s gonna be all right…”