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Pastor Toliver remembered for his community work

The Rev. Joseph E. Toliver, a pastor, life member of the Dahlgren Rescue Squad and resident who served his community in a number of ways, died on Monday. He was 91.

Pastor Toliver had served as pastor emeritus of Mulberry Baptist Church in Emerton, Zion Baptist Church in Chance and New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Caret.

He was a charter member and past president of the local NAACP Chapter. He served King George as a School Board and social services board member and as local chapter AARP president. As a freedom fighter he was instrumental in the building of the Ralph Bunche High School in King George. He was a county school bus driver. He was also a past master and treasurer of King George Lodge 314, Prince Hall Affiliate, and was a past patron of Guiding Star 216, Order of the Eastern Star PHA.

His full obituary will be printed in tomorrow’s Free Lance–Star.