Crystal Allene Tolbert a kind hearted, strong, and a beautiful soul are some of the words used to describe Crystal Allene Tolbert (52) of Columbus, OH. Born November 9, 1967 in Oberlin, OH, to John and Shirley A. (Adams) Tolbert, Jr., she unexpectedly transitioned to her final resting place on October 13, 2020 in Columbus, OH.
Growing up, Crystal attended Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin, where she was an active participant in the youth choir and the Jr. usher board. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized by the late Rev. Dr. Fred L. Steen, Sr.
She attended Oberlin City Schools and maintained high academic standards. She loved sports and participated in volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, and track and field. Her hard work and dedicated training paid off in her junior year as she was a member of the 1985 state champion track and field 4 x 100 relay team. She graduated Oberlin High School with the class of 1986. From there, she attended Bryant and Stratton, earning a certificate of completion in business. For three years she attended Toledo University. More recently, she attended Ehove Career Center where she was enrolled in nursing courses, studying to become an LPN. Due to illness, she was unable to complete her studies.
When reminiscing about Crystal, her smile, contagious laugh and the fact that she always kept it real, are what stands out about her. She had a strong fighting spirit which was challenged recently as she battled cancer.
She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Deltrin Kimbro of Columbus; mother, Shirley Ann (Howard) Chambers, Jr. of Oberlin; brother, John Tolbert, III of Garfield Hts.; nephew, Derek Potantus of Cleveland; niece, Alexis Ortiz of Elyria; godson, Ronrecus Greathouse of Columbus; 1 great niece, 2 great nephews, step-brothers, Howard (Tracy) Chambers, III of Oberlin, and Jeffery Chambers of Elyria; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, extended family members and acquaintances.
Crystal was preceded in death by her father, John Tolbert, Jr.; maternal grandparents Daniel and Lenora Adams; paternal grandparents John Tolbert, Sr. and Pearlena Chaney.
A walk-thru viewing will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 in the God’s Kingdom Worship Center 423 Washington Avenue Lorain, OH. From 10:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. and service will be at 11:00a.m. Apostle Charles Howard, Pastor of “God’s Kingdom Worship Center “and Reverend Fred L. Bell, Pastor “Mount Zion Baptist Church” of Oberlin, will officiate.
The service of committal will be held at New Russia Township Cemetery, 12528 Oberlin, Road Oberlin, Ohio. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, you are required to wear a MASK and Social Distancing is a must.
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