Howard Eldred Toole

Howard Eldred Toole

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Howard Eldred Toole, 86, of Greer, SC died Friday, March 19, 2021 at his home. Born July 23, 1934 in Aiken County, SC he was the son of the late Wilburn Howard and Belle West Toole and widower of Grace Rhinehart Toole.

His family moved to Greer when he was nine years old. As a senior at Greer High School he excelled in the sport of football. His teammates elected him captain of the 1951 Greer High Team. The Greenville News recognized him as the Piedmont Player of the week following an October game. He received the Most Valuable Player 1951 trophy by the Greer Kiawanis Club and The Wigwam Wisemen of Oklahoma City, OK designated him a member of the N. H. S. All American Team 1951.

Howard was a member of Morningside Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and sang in the Sanctuary Choir, Senior Choir, and Golden Tones.

He had a dear friend, Blanche Littlejohn Giles, who preceded him in death in 2016.

Survivors include his sister, Wilburn Hazel Toole Wilson, and her husband, Steve Wilson.

Graveside services will be held 3 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2021 in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Road, Spartanburg, SC 29307, conducted by The Rev. Jack Dodds.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Morningside Baptist Church, 897 South Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

An online guest register is available at

Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel

The Greer Citizen

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