William Noyd Tolbert, III (Billy) departed this life on Friday, December 22, 2023 at his home in Landover, Maryland after a long illness. He was born on August 6, 1959 to the late Geraldine Yvonne and the late William Noyd Tolbert, Jr. in Washington, D.C. He joined St. Joseph Catholic Church where he faithfully served, was an active member of The Knights of Columbus James C. Fletcher, Jr. Council, and was named the honorary Grand Knight in 2016. When his health prevented his full participation, Billy found solace and strength in the morning prayer calls.
Billy was a lifelong Prince Georgian spending his formative years in Chapel Oaks and Carmody Hills and educated in the County Public School System attending Crossland High School then transferring and graduating from Fairmont Heights High School. He met, fell in love with and married Jacklin Marie Hayes on November 5, 1980 and bought a home in Landover shortly thereafter where they raised their children. Billy expressed to his children that his best memories were with Jackie.
After graduation, Billy worked several jobs before receiving an offer from the Washington Hospital Center Printing Director to train as an Apprentice Printer working under the guidance of the Print Shop Supervisor, who happened to be his father. Billy enjoyed his new position so much that he began acquiring printing equipment and established Tolbert & Tolbert Printing in his basement, a home-based not-for-profit hobby print shop providing reasonably priced printing services to religious groups, community non-profit organizations, and schools. Billy left his Pressman position after 17 years, slowly shutdown his home-based operation, and pursued work that gave him the opportunity to do more talking and meeting people. He entered the sales field working as a Family Service Counselor at Maryland National Memorial Park and Flooring Sales Associate for Sears and Home Depot until an injury resulted in disability.
Billy’s easy smile and warm demeanor made it easy for him to meet and talk to people and create good relationships. He was the quintessential conversationalist who routinely called family and friends to make sure they were safe after traveling, check on their general well-being, or just to hear their voice. He enjoyed music and especially loved dancing and singing. Whenever he had the chance to grab a karaoke mic or just sing a ballad, he did.
Billy is survived by his son, William Noyd Tolbert, IV (Brittney) and daughter, Brittany Jacquia Marie Tolbert; brother Brian D. Tolbert, Sr.; sisters Brigitte A. Tolbert and Jacqueline M. Holden; an adoring and treasured aunt, Doris T. Hite; devoted cousin John Huntley, Jr. and best friend Leroy Harden; grand-dog Montana Max; many nieces and nephews, in-laws, uncles, aunts, many cousins, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by the love of his life his wife Jacklin M. Hayes Tolbert, daughters Tonza Ihre Hayes and Jacquia (Baby Girl) Tolbert, sister Michelle Tolbert, and his parents.
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Catholic Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2020 Saint Joseph’s Drive, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774. The burial will take place at National Harmony Memorial Park, 7101 Sheriff Road, Hyattsville, Maryland 20785.