Obituary: Phylis H. Tolbert

July 26, 1917 – September 16, 2019

Phylis H. Tolbert, 102, formerly of Mitchell, passed away Monday,
September 16, 2019, at Stonecroft Health Campus in Bloomington.

Born July 26, 1917, in Plainville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Ray and Esther (Barnes) Miles. She married Bernell V. “Tate” Tolbert November 16, 1940, and he preceded her in death December 10, 2000.

Phylis was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church in Mitchell. She graduated from Plainville High School in 1936.

Survivors included her five daughters, Dena Fortner of Bloomington, Cheryl Burja of Ocala, Florida, Neva (Roger) Gildersleeve of Bloomington, Cathy (Gary Smart) Allen of Bedford, Tammy (Phil) Gardner of Bloomington; seven grandchildren, Kam (Amy) Fortner of Ellettsville, Kimberly (Darren) Burja-Gage of New Jersey, Kurt (Hira) Burja of Cambodia, Kelly Burja of Massachusetts, Kristy Burja of Georgia, Brig (Jamie Smith) Allen of Harrodsburg, Corey (Zac Crane) Nikirk Oolitic, six great-grandchildren, Jarrett Tate Fortner, Kam Kasey Fortner, Bradi (Tucker) Embree, Aidan
Burja-Gage, Niles Burja, and Adam Burja; great-great-grandchild, Carter Embree best friend since childhood, Joy Cunningham of Washington who is 103.

Her parents; husband; brothers, Donald Miles, Bill Miles, and Harold Miles; and sons-in-law, Larry Bo Allen and Adam Joseph Burja preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, September 20, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Allen Burris officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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