Sidney Toombs

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Front Cover of Printed Program: Sidney James Toombs Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pa on April 10, 1940, the son of Mildred Lurene Shields and Sidney James Toombs Sr. (Click on photo to enlarge for full print resolution.)
Back Cover of Printed Program: Sidney James Toombs Jr. with his beloved sister, Dr. Sunday June Pickens, (Click on photo to enlarge for full print resolution.)

Printed Program for Sidney's Funeral

Front Page

  • Photo of Sidney from the top of this page Goes here (Please click the photo for the high resolution photo suitable for printing.)
  • Sidney James Toombs Jr.
  • April 10, 1940 to July 5, 2014
  • Funeral Service - Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Viewing - 10 am
  • Service - 1130 am

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Inside Page 2

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Inside Page 3

He'll Understand and Say Well Done

If when you give the best of your service

Telling the world that the Saviour has come

Be not dismayed when men don't believe you

He'll understand and say well done

Misunderstood the Saviour of sinners

Hung on the cross He was God's only son

Oh, hear Him calling His Father in Heaven

Let not my will, but Thine be done.


Oh when I come to the end of my journey

Weary of life and the battle is won

Carrying the staff and the cross of redemption

He'll understand and say well done

Oh when this life of labor is ended

And the reward of the race you have run

Oh the sweet rest that's prepared for the faithful

Will be his blest and final "Well done"

But if you try and fail in your trying

Hands sore and scarred from

Oh when I come to the end of my journey

Weary of life and the battle is won

Carrying the staff and the cross of redemption

He'll understand and say well done

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Order of Service

  • Organ Prelude
  • Processional
  • Prayer of Comfort by Elder Rodney Willis
  • Selection -- It is Well With My Soul
  • Scriptures - Matthew 11:28 - 30
  • Selection - He'll Understand and Say Well Done - Solo by Sterling Spencer
  • Reading of the Life Story by Hugh Pickens
  • Appreciations from the Family by Sidney Jack Toombs III
  • Expressions (Two Minutes Please)
  • Selection - His Eye Is On the Sparrow
  • Family Tributes - Dr. Sunday June Pickens, Sidney Jack Toombs III, and others
  • Final Viewing as Choir sings "I'll Fly Away"
  • Benediction by Elder Rodney Willis
  • Recessional

Back Page

  • Photo of Sidney and his sister, the second picture from the top of this page Goes here. (Please click the photo for the high resolution photo suitable for printing.)
  • Print "Well Done, My Brother, Well Done" (in large print)

Life Story

Sidney James Toombs Jr. was born in Philadelphia, Pa on April 10, 1940, the son of Mildred Lurene Shields and Sidney James Toombs Sr. Sidney grew up on the 2100 block of Diamond Street and the 2400 block of 29th Street. Sidney and his sister Sunday June spent summers with their grandparents in Wilberforce, Ohio where his grandfather Norwood Shields was a professor of agriculture at Central State College.

Sidney attended Douglas Singerly Elementary School, Fitzsimmons Junior High School, and Germantown High School where he graduated in 1958. Sidney was an altar boy at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church and Sidney ran cross country and was a high school track star. Sidney attended Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio and was a member of Phi Alpha fraternity and the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Sidney attended Temple University from 1972 to 1974 on a part time basis in the Temple Opportunity Program (TOP).

Sidney was employed by the United States Post Office as a clerk and he worked at Domino Sugar. In his later years Sidney was a census taker and he worked on voting machines in every election. Sidney also held a position with the Harmonious Volunteer Center, a program for feeding the homeless. Sidney cared for his mother, Mildred S. Toombs, in her home for over twenty years. After his retirement and his mother's death in 1996, Sidney lived the last years of his life at the Landreth Apartments in South Philadelphia beginning in 2009. Sidney was a member of Operation Town Watch, an organization dedicated to the development and promotion of organized, law enforcement-affiliated crime and drug prevention programs.

Things that Sidney loved include his favorite restaurants, Charlie's Country Ribs at 2528 W Diamond, the Prime Rib at 1701 Locust St., and McGillians on Drury Lane, one of America's oldest pubs and Philadelphia's oldest continuously operated tavern. Sidney loved Argyle Dark Corojo cigars from Holt's and Crown Royal, a blended Canadian Whisky. Sidney loved to read "The Rubaiyat" by Omar Khayyam. Sidney often told friends that he was living the life of an "English Earl" and Sidney always said that AA stood for "Alcohol Allowed". Sidney was a movie buff and a history buff with a special interest in World War Two and the D-Day invasion. Most importantly, Sidney deeply loved his family and all his many friends. Sidney never met a stranger. Sidney's bright eyes, wonderful smile, warmth and generosity, made him loved by all.

For the last ten years, Sidney loved coming to Oklahoma every year and spending Christmas and New Year's holidays with his sister Sunday June and her family. Sidney came for one month every year and loved staying in the Guest House which he called a "Five-Star Hotel," watching movies around the clock and playing endless games of "cut throat" pinochle with his sister. On one of his trips to Oklahoma, Sidney visited Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma where his mother, Mildred Shields Toombs, was born in 1907 when her father Norwood Shields was one of the first professors of agriculture at the only historically Black college in the state.

Sidney is survived by his sister, Dr. Sunday June Pickens and her husband Hugh Pickens of Ponca City, Oklahoma; by his son Sidney Jack Toombs III and his wife Lisa Toombs and two granddaughters Nia Nicole Toombs and Winter Joy Toombs, all of Philadelphia; by his daughter Celeste Toombs of Durham, North Carolina; by his daughter Stephamie Rose Jones and her husband Rahsaan Jones of Snellville, Georgia; by his cousin Strawberri Lucas of Newark, New Jersey; by his cousin Leonard Blake and his wife Barbara Blake of Columbus, Ohio; by his cousin Norwood Rainey, of Tuscon, Arizona; by his cousin, Sandra Fisher, of Los Angeles, California; and by numerous other relatives including Atreva and Clyde Vaughn Jr., Delena D. Johnson, Pamela Blake, Patricia Blake-Smith and Jonathon Smith, Lavern Williams, and Gwendolyn and Marcel Hollenger, and several other relatives.

Sidney passed away due to complications arising from cancer of the liver on July 5, 2014 at 7:41 pm at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. With him at the time of his death was his son Sidney Jack Toombs III and his sister Dr. Sunday June Pickens and her husband Hugh Pickens. Sidney was 74.

Schedule of Funeral Arrangements


2pm Tentative list for the food and numbers to Bishop Williams ask if he officiate, get a choir, get a photographer, contact at Golden Bus.

3pm Meet with Kim to go over the program, have the limos come to Rittenhouse Hotel and to Bo's house and make sure the limos will bring us back


1000 run through of presentation Ask Bishop Williams to call Golden on our behalf. See if they have two easles.

5 pm pick up photos


Morning - Get proof for the program

10 am Come back to Shiloh for second run through

4pm Go by Savin to settle bill, see Sidney, need stands for flowers, and need two easles for the photo, get death certificates, increase the number of programs to 125

Evening print the programs


0830 to 930 - David delivers the flowers

0800 Hp leaves hotel to pick up Larry and take him to Golden Bus

0830 Larry gets to Golden Buses

0845 Bus departs with larry for apartment building

0930 - Bus arrives at the apartment building

1000 - Bus arrives at 29th street

1000 - Viewing starts

1015 - Bus arrives with people from apartment and 29th street

1130 - Memorial Service begins

1230 - Lunch begins

1500 - Bus returns people

How Many are Coming? (Including maybe's) - 72

Family - 23

Limo 1 - 8

Bo, Lisa, nia nicole, winter joy

Celeste and julie


Limo 2 - 4

Hugh and Sj

Norwood and Tierra Rainey

Own Transportation - 11

Strawberry and Georgie

Leonard, barbara, and pam

Laverne and 1 child

Gwen and her husband

Beaver and clyde

29th Street - 25

Cynthia says 20 to 25

Landreth Apartment House - 14

Mary s. says 14

Larry and Tommy and Stan - 10


Tommy, wife, and daughter and 4 other people

Stan and bunny

Not Coming - 0

Sandra, gene, and her mother


Action Items

Pending Action Items

27 Get key and phone number from Bo and give to Larry when I pick him up

38. see about buying an inexpensive dark jacket

39 check with the mayor about August 14

40. Go to Walnut Theatre Sunday night

41 Sj and Bo to determine who will do expressions

42 Nia and Bo to shorten slides to 8 seconds, use same font throughout, and make the pictures and text come on at the same time

43 let Kenny know about the funeral

44 Let kim know we want to increase the programs to 125, need two easies, pay the bill


Completed Action Items

2 get flowers. Sj

11 call other florist and cancel. Bo

10 check with bishop williams on bus to 29th and apartment sj

14 check on the suit, shirt, tie bo

4 chose minister sj

21 Sj needs Sidney's SSN sj

15 stop by holts sj

12 check with cynthia how many are coming bo

24 Bishop Williams to provide name and number of bus company

6 get singer kim

9 flyers at apartment bo

13 check with mary on apartment people bo

17 Get a copy of the Rubyait for the service hp

19 get larry's address and coordinate

18 Find out time the bus leaves Shiloh and make sure we have someone on it

20 make poster of sidney for service hp.

31 Ask Bo how to spell Rashaan and do they live in Atlanta or Snailville

1 Finish bio. Hp

5 order of service sj

8 pass out flyers on 29th bo

16. Talk to stan tommy and larry sj

23. Bishop Williams to get a choir

25 Bishop Williams to let him know if he can officiate

29 call Kim and tell her we will come by at 3pm

30 Should we have a photographer? Ask bo if he knows somebody

32 Ask Bo to bring a USB memory card with about ten to fifteen of the best photos of Sidney to our meeting with Kim on Wednesday afternoon to create a photo collage

34. Sj to reserve a room for Norwood and Tierra

35 Hp to email Norwood with his reservations and address

22 for Bo to get a singer

7 pay for food sj

33 Bo to go to Amazon and buy this MP3 of He'll Understand and say Well Done by Arthur Buckner (follow link) to use as the background music for the powerpoint show.

36 Hp to call dental

3 make up dvd nia

28 call Golden bus with Bishop Williams let them know about Larry

37 Sj to call Virginia -remind her

26 Pick up poster hp

Order of Service

The Rubaiyat

For some we loved, the loveliest and the best

That from his Vintage rolling Time hath prest,

Have drunk their Cup a Round or two before,

And one by one crept silently to rest.

And when like her, oh, Saki, you shall pass

Among the Guests Star-scatter'd on the Grass,

And in your joyous errand reach the spot

Where I made One--turn down an empty Glass!

With them the seed of Wisdom did I sow,

And with mine own hand wrought to make it grow;

And this was all the Harvest that I reap'd--

"I came like Water, and like Wind I go."

Miss me But Let Me Go

When I come to the end of the road

And the sun has set for me

I want no rites in a gloom-filled room

Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little-but not too long

And not with your head bowed low

Remember the love that we once shared

Miss me-but let me go

For this is a journey that we all must take

And each must go alone.

It's all part of the Master's plan

A step on the road to home

When you are lonely and sick of heart

Go to the friends we know

And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds

Miss me but let me go.


Funeral Arrangements for Sidney Toombs


  • His eye is on the sparrow
  • It is well with my soul



Shiloh Apostolic Temple Church. 1500 W Master St. Bishop Williams cell 267-339-8069 Office 215-763-7335.

Savin Funeral Home - 802 N 12th St, Philadelphia (215) 765-7065

Landreth Apartment (former Landreth School) 1201 S. 23rd - Entrance to Parking Lot is across the street from 2243 Federal St

Mary Smitherman at Landreth room number 208 phone 215-881-3485

Mary Alston - Landreth 215-881-3485

Golden Bus leaving from Ridge and Allegany 215-224-1940

Larry Statton 2243 n 18th st. 215-232-0108

Kim Corbin 215-765-7065. email

Norwood's email

McGillins Pub at 1310 Drury st.

email to Bishop Williams

Tentative list for the food and numbers to Bishop Williams ask if he officiate, get a choir, get a photographer, contact at Golden

Here is a list of our questions:

1. Who is going to officiate?

District Elder Rodney Willis 856-513-5823

2. Can we meet with the minister to go over the program and discuss the hymns and scripture? We need to do this today so it can go in the printed program.

3. Can we have a choir at the service? They will be invited to join us for the repass.

The Choir is called the "Shiliites" Mother Mary Francis phone number 267-275-4896

4. Can you find a photographer for the viewing, the service, and the repass?

Working on this request

5. Can you give us a contact and a number for Golden Buses? Do they know already that we will have someone at their offices at Ridge and Allegany at 830 am Saturday who will ride with the bus to the two destinations?

Reverend Golden 215-439-0304

6. We want to plan the repass for 100 people and want the Gold Menu. Our choices are: Salad: Tropical Fruit salad Entre: 1) Turkey with stuffing and cranberry sauce. 2) Broiled stuffed fish Vegatable: 1) Mixed greens 2) Southern string beans Second vegatable: 1) Candied sweet potatoes 2) Shiloh Macaroni and Cheese

7. Can you please send us an email reply to confirm you have received this message.

Best Regards,

Hugh Pickens

Dance the night away

You'll find the pocketbook at Bradford Exchange under "Dance the Night Away."