DAWSON -- Tonga Denise Tolbert Hines, 58, of Albany, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2013, at Manor Care Health Services, Decatur.

Tonga was born on April 25, 1954, to Charles Thomas Tolbert and the late Rosa Earnestine Smith Tolbert. She joined St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in her youth; and later became a member of Third Kiokee Missionary Baptist Church of Albany. After graduating high school in Blakely, Tonga attended Albany State College; and was employed with Turner Job Corps for 20+ years before she retired to care for her baby brother, Nathaniel Tolbert, who passed away on October 20, 2012.

Tonga was preceded in death by her husband, James Richard Hines; her mother, and brothers Leon Patrick and Nathaniel Tolbert.

Left to celebrate her life: daughter, Sonya (Marcus) Collins; her precious grandson, Bernardo (BJ) Jones, Atlanta, GA; Elfreda Blue, Lisa Marie Hines, and Darryl Hines, all of Albany, GA.; her father, Charles Tolbert, Sr., Jakin, GA; siblings: Charles Tolbert, Jr. (Pat), Blakely, GA; Gwendylon (Ron) Turner, Lancaster, CA; Nelson (Andrea) Tolbert, Norfolk, VA; and Robert Tolbert, Los Angeles, CA. Also included in the celebration, nephews: Travis (Jenene) Jackson, Dayton, OH; Sedrick Leon Tolbert, Riviera Beach, FL; Stephen Grear, Lancaster, CA; Nelson, Jr. (Chandra), Norfolk, VA; and Charles Tolbert III, Blakely, GA. Nieces: Patricia (Ernesto) Hansen, Ft. Bragg, NC; Annette Tolbert, Ft. Riley, KS; and Michelle (Roxie) Tolbert, Jacksonville, Fl. Grand-nephews & Grand-nieces: Jaiden & Trinity Toy-Tolbert, Norfolk, VA; Ali'i (AJ) & Nanipua Jackson, Dayton, OH; Krystoffer Hansen, Ft. Bragg, NC; DaJon Sutton, Jacksonville, FL; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, 1:00 PM, at St Paul AME Church, 839 Cedar Springs RD, Jakin GA; with Pastor Alvetta Butler officiating. Interment immediately following at Saint Paul AME Church Cemetery.

Ward Funeral Home, Dawson, GA is in charge of the arrangements

Ward Funeral Home

Dawson 229/995-5853