Florence Bare Tolliver, 88, successful business owner

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Florence Bare Tolliver
Florence Bare Tolliver

Florence Bare Tolliver, 88, formerly of Grandview, W.Va., and most recently of Williamsburg, Va., passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Born April 2, 1928, in Itmann, W.Va., Florence was the daughter of Albert and Tilda Bare.

Florence owned and operated Shelby’s Men’s and Boys Store in Mullens, W.Va., from 1962 to 1982, where she sold countless pairs of Converse tennis shoes, Duckhead jeans, coveralls and work boots to the local teenagers and coal miners. She and her husband of 67 years, Shelby, also owned and operated the Mullens Laundromat for 11 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Shelby; son, Larry; sister, Enfield; and brothers, Larry, Charles, Joe and Bob.

Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Ronald Dale Tolliver, and hia wife, Sharon of Pittsburgh, Pa.; daughter, Shelia Crawford, and her husband, Dennis, of Williamsburg, Va.; four grandchildren, Sonya Bails, and her husband, Danny, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Cameron Crawford of Asheville, N.C., Emily Crawford of Williamsburg, Va., and Daniel Tolliver, and his wife, Kim, of Beckley, W.Va.; great-grandson, Tanner Bails; and daughter-in-law, Josephine Tolliver of Beckley, W.Va.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Spring Arbor Assisted Living Facility for all the care and love they extended to Florence over the past 1 ½ years and also to the At Home Hospice Staff.

A visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 450 Courthouse Road., Princeton, W.Va., followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m.

Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.