Dr. Joel Tolbert, Sr., loving husband to Carol Lee Tolbert, former Oakland School Board member, and Founder of Civic Pride, Inc. passed from this life on Saturday, May 4, 2019 quietly at home with his loving wife by his side. Dr. Tolbert, member of the Allen Temple Baptist Church, was a faithful servant who had a longstanding community ministry of service. In this capacity, he worked tirelessly alongside his wife of 40 years, ‘to help make our communities better places to live, work and grow’.
Dr. and Mrs. Tolbert began Civic Pride, Inc. in 1989. And, with the support of elected officials, corporations, businesses, nonprofit agencies and individuals hosted the free annual ‘Knowledge Is Power’ Youth Leadership Empowerment Conference, and the Youth Ambassador Scholarship & Civic Awards Gala. The Gala helped to raise funds to provide scholarships and promote civic engagement opportunities for Oakland-Bay Area youth and young adults.
Dr. Tolbert’s Celebration of Life and Community Service is 11:00 AM, Monday June 3, 2019 at Morning Star Baptist Church located at 1136 – 34th Street Oakland. Cards and Condolences can be mailed to the family or Thompson Funeral Home at 9900 International Boulevard, Oakland CA.
In keeping with Dr. Tolbert’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, tax deductible gifts to support his community service can be made to Civic Pride, Inc. Dr. Joel Tolbert Sr. will be missed by all who knew and loved him.