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Bert "Toby" Nokes

Bert “Toby” Nokes, Jr. -Benoit, MS

Bert “Toby” Nokes, Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 19, 2020.  Born to Bert and Mildred Nokes nee Richardson on September 16, 1937, Toby lived a full and eventful life.  After spending his young adulthood moving around Mississippi for work, he settled in Benoit, Mississippi where he lived the last 40+ years of his life.  He served four terms as an Alderman and two terms as Mayor of Benoit.  During his time as Mayor, he was responsible for bringing internet and cable television to Benoit.  He also served Bolivar County for nearly 30 years as a Sheriff’s Deputy, eventually retiring as Chief Deputy.  Age did not slow him.  At age 69 he out partied friends nearly one-third his age.  He drove a stock car around the track at Talladega at age 78 and continued to biannually shut the party down at the Talladega race track up until April 2019.

Despite his high level of general badassery, Toby is probably most remembered for the relationships he formed.  He both loved well and was well-loved by many people.  He married the former Helen Coghlan on December 23, 1954, with whom he is now reunited in Glory.  Toby was also predeceased by his parents and brother, Robert Wesley “Smokey” Nokes.  He is survived by the children of his 44-year marriage, Bert Nokes, III (Delores) and Pam Nokes Litton (David).  He is also survived by his five grandchildren; three by birth (Jeremy, Jessica, and Elizabeth) and two by acquisition (Nicole and Brad).  He leaves behind his five adoring great-grandchildren, Tommy, Millie, Liam, Charlie, and Elsie, his siblings, Doris Britt, Delores LeBlanc, and William Nokes (Pat), dozens of nieces and nephews, countless friends, and zero strangers.

The family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff that cared for Toby during his final illness and especially Dr. Jimmy Jones and Dr. Guanghzi Qu.  A private graveside service will be conducted for the immediate family under the direction of Cleveland Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to Mississippi Deputy Sheriff’s Association or Sta Home Health & Hospice.

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Dearest Family,

SO VERY sorry to hear Mr. Nokes passing. It is never easy when you lose someone SO dear to you.
I know he was a very sweet man & kind to all that knew him.
I pray for your peace in the days to come.


Brenda Thompson Roberts

Brenda Thompson Roberts Jun 18 2020 12:00 AM

So thankful to have been able to share a small part of this wonderful mans life. He loved so big! I am so glad to have wonderful memories of Papaw at the lake!
Cheryl Saffle

Cheryl Saffle Apr 22 2020 12:00 AM

We are praying for your family.

Leroy and Sandra Byars Apr 22 2020 12:00 AM

Toby, my brother in law, I will always remember your easy going personality, your love of family, and what an awesome cook you were! You name it and you could cook it! Steaks, hamburgers, hot tamales, and much more, not to mention the jellies and veggies you canned! There was nothing like the early breakfasts you cooked at the lake and how good everything tasted those early mornings. You made the most perfect little silver dollar pancakes for your great grands and were so patient with them. Pam and L. Toby have been so lucky to have such a loving, giving father and it is evident in the way they have lived their lives. Rest in Peace.

Carolyn Coghlan Gremillion Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

It was certainly a blessing to know him. WE had many relationships such as coworkers, friends and cousins. There will never be another to fill his shoes because they are not fillable.. Even on a bad day, he could make you laugh until you cried. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time of sadness. Along with many others, I know my mom, Martha Nokes "Sister" Weeks and my Uncle Ramon "Buzzie" Nokes were there to greet him with open arms, smiles, hugs and laughter. Although he will be missed by many of us on earth, he is now pain free. Fly high on that Mountain, my dear cousin.

Stacy Weeks Hurst Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

Toby (better known as paw paw) was a precious part of our lives. He loved his family and friends with a passion that could not be equaled. We know he has the biggest bonfire in heaven! Peace and love to his entire family-he loved you so.

Robert and ann scates Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

Mr. Toby will be greatly missed at the campground at Talladega..It sure wont be the same without him..May he Rest In Peace..

Steve Toms Baker,Florida... Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

Im so sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort help you during this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 & Psalms 83:18). Jesus prayed for Gods Kingdom to come because He knew it would be able to solve all mankinds problems even sickness and death. (Revelation 21:4,5 & Daniel 2:44).

Mary Apr 21 2020 12:00 AM

Toby. You will be missed by everyone!!! You are Resting with the Angels. You were my awesome Brother in law. Great Father to Pam and Little Toby a Grandfather ,and Great Grandfather. We all love you. Judith Coghlan Lewis

Judith Coghlan Lewis Apr 20 2020 12:00 AM

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