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Florence - Funeral service for Mr. Eugene “Baby Shoes” Toby will be conducted 12:00 Noon, Thursday, April 19, 2018 at New Ebenezer Baptist Church, 307 Ravenel St. Florence. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Eugene was born July 19, 1942, in Florence County to Norman and Virginia Toby.  He died Friday, April 13, 2018.

“Toby” as he was affectionately called was a 1963 graduate of Wilson High School.  He was employed for thirty-two years with Budd Company while residing in Philadelphia, Pa.

At the time of his demise, Toby was employed with King’s Academy of Florence and Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Toby was a member of New Ebenezer Baptist Church.

He leaves to cherish precious memories: his wife of twenty-seven years, Barbara Toby; two daughters, Carlita Ferguson and Sharon Lawson; two sons, Michael and Sharese Toby; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three brothers; five sisters; one aunt, two sisters-in-laws; two brothers-in-law; a host of nephews; nieces; other relatives and friends.

Family visitation will be held 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 S. Johns St., and other times at the home, 3408 Plantation Drive, Florence. (Tara Village Subdivision)

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  • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith Funeral Home of Florence
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Sorry To hear that Eugene Passed away,Hope it Helps to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Jimmy Moses And Family
    ~ Elizabeth McCleary   Philadelphia, PA
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    Sorry To hear that Eugene Passed away,Hope it Helps to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Jimmy Moses And Family
    ~ Elizabeth McCleary   Philadelphia, PA
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    In times like these I know your heart is burden but we must remember that God is to just to do wrong and to wise to make a mistake. Though your loved one has made a transition of life the memories that you cherish lives on. So rest assure that you will see him again in that land where Job declared the wicked shall cease from troubling and the weary souls shall be at rest.
    ~ Terrence M. James   Florence, SC
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Words cannot express the sympathy that we feel right now at the loss of our beloved church member and friend. For we know that he has gone to a better place. It is our prayer that God will comfort and keep you all in his care during this difficult time.
    ~ John & Linda Peterson   Florence, SC
  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    may GOD BE WITH THE FAMILY DURING THSE TIMES. REMEMBER GOD NEVER MAKE MISTAKES. HE WILL HELP YOU JUST TRUST HIM. BOOKER T, YON JR.
    ~ BOOKER t YON AND ADELINE yon   ORANGEBURG, SC
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    Words cannot express the loss we are feeling for our beloved cousin "Gene". A Christian man, a wonderful husband and father, a loving cousin and a great friend. You will be immensely missed. We love you. Louise Moss and family.
    ~ Louise Moss & Family   Dalton, GA
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Words cannot express the sympathy that we feel right now at the loss of our dear friend. It is our prayer that God will continue giving you comfort and strength.
    ~ Audrey Davis and J. Dale Black   Florence, SC
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Mr. Toby was a kind and faithful man of God. He was a pleasure to know and be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    ~ William Frierson and Katie Frierson   Florence, SC
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    My deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved family member. When a loved one falls asleep in death it grieves the heart. The Bible has beautiful and comforting scriptures to help cope with the grief and sadness. Psalm 147:3 says: He (God) heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds. And the promise for the future at Isaiah 26:19; Your dead will live. And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life. To learn more about this promise please visit our website: jw.org and view the comforting video; What is the Condition of the Dead?
    ~ R. Sweatman   Decatur, GA
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Missing my wonderful cousin already.Barbara stay strong and keep the faith in our Lord and saviour.
    ~ Ruth Wright   Stn Mtn, GA
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Missing my wonderful cousin already.Barbara stay strong and keep the faith in our Lord and saviour.
    ~ Ruth Wright   Stn Mtn, GA
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Missing my wonderful cousin already.Barbara stay strong and keep the faith in our Lord and saviour.
    ~ Ruth Wright   Stn Mtn, GA
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Toby. We worked together at the at the Budd company for many years. You are in my prayers.
    ~ Alexander Bostic   Philadelphia, PA
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    God will sustain you with his "right hand of righteousness" during this difficult time and through each passing day. Isaiah 41:10 says: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you, with my right hand of righteousness". Isaiah 41:13; I "am grasping your right hand, the One (God) saying to you, 'Do not be afraid, I will help you'". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
    ~ Rachel Morton
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    To Pauline, Lavern and Family.Our Thoughts and prayers are with you today and Always.Our GOD is to wise to make any mistakes. There's A Blessing on the Other side,REST assured that Eugene is at Peace. Love and Blessings to you always. JIMMY MOSES AND FAMILY.
    ~ Elizabeth McCleary   Philadelphia, PA
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    To the Family, just want Barbara and family to know that 'Toby' will be missed by our families here in Philly. His wit and demeanor will always be with us. God bless you.
    ~ Chuck McIntosh, Jones and Scott Family   Philadelphia, PA
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    Saddened to hear he left without saying goodbye. Thank God I was able to last see his smiling and chuckingly grin a few months back. I pray God continue to give Mrs. Barbara and the rest of the family comfort and peace during this time. Imma miss Mr. Toby!! Great man and neighbor :(
    ~ Tonya Joseph   Florence, SC