This site was created in memory of
Born in Kentucky
MAY 25, 1939
James Dorsie (J.D.) Tolson, Lexington, KY; 81. J.D. left his earthly home on February 19, 2021. He was a wonderful man with a huge heart and quick smile that was loved – and will be missed – by many. J.D. was a loving and giving husband, daddy, papaw, brother, uncle, and friend. His personality was infectious, and he always took the time to talk, share a story, and brighten your day with his warmth, wise words, wit, and humor.
J.D. was born May 25, 1939, the second of 7 children, to Logan Wheeler Tolson and Christine Marie Rudd Tolson. He was born in Lee City, KY and attended Bourbon County High School, where he met and married the love of his life, Marceita Pearl Thomas, of Paris, KY. After marriage, they moved to Lexington, KY and welcomed their child, Debbie. In 1993, his granddaughter Alex was born.
J.D. spent most of his career as a manager at Dixie Cup. He retired after 38 years, and then worked for 10 more years as a bus driver and monitor for Fayette County Schools. In 2010, J.D., Debbie, and Alex moved in together. This is when he began to truly enjoy his retirement years with a strict daily routine that included being the honorary Mayor of the Tuscany neighborhood. This designation afforded him the privilege of greeting each and every neighbor with a smile as he walked his beloved four-legged companion, Charlie, or while he sat on the front porch swinging, listening to the radio, and reading.
J.D.’s daughter and granddaughter were his pride and joy. They both are “Daddy/Papaw’s Girls” who he cherished and protected, and they love him beyond measure. He also loved Alex’s fiance Russell Knowles, his special niece Cheri and her husband Tom Mangum, “adopted” grandson Phani Ankam, all his brothers and sisters, and too many beloved friends to name. The Tolson house always had an open door, and he took great joy in hosting his family each Memorial Day weekend. His sweet and simple “Papaw Prayers” were a treasure, whether they were specifically requested or given to whomever he felt needed them most. He spoke them each morning over his bowl of Cheerios.
It gives us comfort that there are loved ones who were awaiting his arrival in heaven. Among his heavenly welcome committee are his parents, his mother in law Juanita Thomas, his beloved wife Marceita, his younger brother Paul Tolson, his sister-in-law Dorothy Thomas, and his brother-in-law Jack Thomas and Jack’s wife, Jo Thomas.
A graveside service for his immediate family was held at the Lexington Cemetery on February 26, 2021. After much contemplation his family agreed that, because J.D. was a fervent advocate of protecting himself and his loved ones, this was the most responsible action during COVID.