Joe Tolleson, shot down a Zero in WWII, served the Lord for 60-plus years as a deacon

Joe Tolleson of Virginia Beach passed away peacefully of natural causes on Dec. 3, 2015.

He was surrounded by his loved ones; wife of 69 years, Syble Tolleson, their 4 children and spouses. Along with their children, Joe and Syble were blessed to have 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

Joe served the Lord for 60+ years as a deacon of his church. He was proud to have served his country during WWII in the US Navy as a gunners mate aboard the USS Bell (DD-587). During his service he was credited with shooting down a zero, received 8 battle stars and the Navy Combat Action Ribbon. After his military service he worked for Virginia Transit for 17 years before his retirement. Joe was always quick with a smile or a joke which endeared him to all he met. He will be missed by many. Joe Tolleson has gone home.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 5, at Woodlawn Funeral Home with burial following in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Sentara Hospice, Disabled Veterans and/or Wounded Warriors.

Online condolences may be made at Woodlawn Funeral Home.

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