July 5, 1928 - December 29, 2018
Service: Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Pilgrim Chapel on the campus of Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas. Visitation will be at 1 – 4 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2018 at Thompson’s Harveson and Cole.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Dr. Tolar requested that donations be made to the Bill and Floye Tolar Scholarship Fund, Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.
Dr. William B. Tolar passed away on December 29, 2018.
On July 5, 1928, Peter Dane and Lora Stewart Tolar welcomed William Bert Tolar, the youngest of six children, born in Jonesboro, Louisiana. Bill, as he was known, was captain of his high school football team when it won the State Championship in 1945. He went on to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he lettered in football, but ultimately became the spiritual and academic mentor to his teammates. He graduated in 1950 and continued his education at Baylor, earning two master’s degrees and teaching in the Religion Department. Wanting to continue his own religious education, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where in 1968 he earned a Doctorate in Theology.
For more than 69-years, he taught young ministerial students and preached the Gospel around the world. He lectured on tours to the Holy Land for more than 40-years and brought the Bible to life for churches and groups tracing the footsteps of Jesus and his Apostles. He had a true passion for spreading the Word of God and the teachings of Jesus to churches and his students.
He is survived by his sweetheart, Floye Kimball Tolar of Fort Worth; his son, William Kimball and daughter-in-law, Laura Tolar of Hurst, Texas; his daughter, Lora Mae and son-in-law, Brian O’Riordan who reside in Chicago, Illinois. He dearly loved his two precious granddaughters, Alexandra Kimball Tolar and Victoria Jean Tolar.