George Curtis Toalson, died on the morning of Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the age of 88 years. He was born on June 27, 1931 in Pearsall to George Andrew and Ima Dell Clark Toalson.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Jimmie Nan, and her brothers Michael Leslie and William Timothy Mangan.
George is survived by his children Kathryn Nanette (Ed) Staples of College Station, Valerie Elizabeth (Ottis) Kirkland of San Antonio and George Alan (Sonya) Toalson of Hondo. He is also survived by his brother Charles M. (Billie) Toalson of Moore, sister–in-law M. Catharine (Brad) Adreon of Hoodsport, Washinton, grandchildren Jessica Lively of Houston, Scott (Abbey) Lively of Santa Anna, Texas, Gregory (Jennifer) Kirkland of San Antonio, Kelly Kirkland of San Antonio, Katie Toalson of Durham, North Carolina, George Andrew Toalson of Hondo, great grandchildren Brianna and Aidan McBee, Elizabeth Kirkland and Cooper Lively and numerous other relatives.
He graduated in 1949 from Pearsall High School and later married Jimmie Nan Mangan on November 16, 1953. The couple was married for 63 years, 5 months and 11 days.
An avid reader and talented musician, George loved farming. He worked at Kelly Air Force Base as a machinist where he could express his creativity by building bird feeders or small containers from scrap materials.
He served his country in the Army Air Corps as a Reservist while attending college at Del Mar University and later Texas State Teacher’s College. After missing the enrollment window for the spring semester his junior year, he enlisted in the Air Force where he became an Electronics Instructor at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was awarded many service awards during his tenure with the military, active duty and as a civilian. His worked his last day at Kelly AFB on November 21, 1963 and was able to see President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade during his visit to San Antonio the day before he was assassinated in in Dallas.
George and family moved to Pearsall where he joined his dad and brother, Charles on the family farm. During the years he farmed, he and Nan raised their children and were active in band boosters and other community activities. George served as President of the Library Board as well as the Lepidopterists’ Society on Monarch and Snout butterfly migrations.
His knowledge led him to interests in various hobbies like gardening, ceramics, genealogy, rock collecting and butterfly collecting.
Family visitation was on Friday, May 1 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Graveside services followed at the Pearsall Cemetery with a service at 10:30 a.m.
Arrangements were under the direction of Hurley Funeral Home, Pearsall.