March 23, 1949 ~ November 14, 2020

Born in: Winston-Salem, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Stephen Elbert Tolley, 71, departed this life on Saturday, November 14, 2020 in Asheville, NC.

Born March 23, 1949 in Winston-Salem, NC, Stephen was a son of the late James Edward and Margaret Stout Tolley. He was also preceded in death by brothers James L. Tolley, Larry E. Tolley, Donald J. Tolley and David T. Tolley.

Steve was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Vietnam, where he was awarded the bronze star. He worked for Wachovia Bank/Wells Fargo for 40 years in the IT Department. He loved working in his yard and traveling.

Surviving are his brothers, Jack S. Tolley (Toby) and Alvin W. Tolley; sisters, Patricia Tolley Glenn (Russell) and Tammie Tolley Tate; and many loving family members.

Due to Covid-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date on one of his favorite beaches.

The Tolley Family wishes to thank the nurses and doctors at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC who worked so closely with Stephen during his recent illness.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease at or to the Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, NC Hospice Account.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. You fought the brave fight and you were so strong. You never complained even when you lost your right arm. I will miss you more than words can say. Love you always.

  2. Angi aka his loving “Annie” Which he called me since I was a little girl. I have such wonderful memories as a child that I will cherish forever and look forward to the time that we can share them together again. ❤️

  3. I had the pleasure of working with Steve at Wachovia/Wells Fargo Bank for 23 years and found him to be a great friend. He will be missed.


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