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Uncle John Goes Home

The Worgepoh family, Sapoh, Jeadepo Development Council – Liberia and Grebo Tribe announce with profound regrets the home going of their patriarch, the Honorable Chairman John Toe Tuopay in his 90th year. This sad event occurred at his family residence in Gardnersville – Monrovia, Liberia, on Thursday February 26, 2009 at 5:30 pm local time

The Hon. Chairman of the Grebo Tribe John Toe Tuopay was born unto the blessed union of Mr. and Mrs. Worwelee Tuopay and Barfernynnoh Chebo Tuopay on January 15, 1919 in Nekree, Jeadepo District, Sinoe County. He was the fourth of seven children: Jlopoh Tuopay, Kaynyonnoh Tuopay- Wratee,Walker Warjloh Tuopay, Frances Tuopay -Wiah, Anna Tuopay -Jah and David K. Tuopay. Jlopoh Tuopay, Kaynyonnoh Tuopay - Wartee, Walker Warjloh Tuopay and Anna Tuopay Jah predeceased him.

Hon. Chairman John Toe Tuopay was a devoted Christian and member of the Liberia Christian Assemblies. He was also a statesman, oral historian and orator who spent his entire adult life in public service. He was married to six wives: Doris, Inga, and Emma Tuopay, who predeceased him; and Mary, Jessie, and Linda Tuopay, all of whom are alive. The six wives brought to birth a total of 39 children, 18 of whom predeceased him. Hon. Chairman Tuopay leaves to mourn his loss, Mary Wleh Tuopay and Jessie Nyenneh Tuopay, one brother and one sister, David K. Tuopay, and Frances Tuopay Wiah, 21 children, 86 grand children, 24 great grand children, many sons and daughters in - laws, foster children, nieces, nephews and a host of cousins, friends and well wishers across West Africa and the Americas.

At the age of 23 he left his home town and moved to Settra Kru where he enrolled at the Satta Kru Institute in 1942 and graduated in 1950, obtaining a Junior High School certificate with high honor. Upon graduation, he returned to his home town and served in the following positions: Chiefdom Clerk, Jedepo Chiefdom, 1951-1952. Volunteer Classroom Teacher, Lower Jeadepo Public School, 1953-1955, Revenue collector, Juazon District, 1956-1960; Lieutenant Colonel & Colonel, Liberia Militia, Jeadepo Battalion, 1960 – 1972, Township Clerk, Jarboeville Township, 1973-77, Acting District Commissioner, Jeadepo – Jeadea District, 1978 – 1983; Township Commissioner, Jarboeville Township, 1988 – 1997, Chairman, Jeadepo Sector, 1990-1994; District Inspector, Kpanyan Statutory District, Sinoe County, 1997 to the time of his death; Chairman of the Grebo Tribe within Southeastern Liberia, 1994 to the time of his death.

During the heat of the Liberian Civil Crisis, he served as chairman of the entire Grebo tribe in Southeastern Liberia and worked tirelessly as a unifier and an instrument for change and peace. Even though age was not in his favor, he took tours by foot from Sinoe through River Gee, Maryland and Grand Kru Counties preaching peace and the cessation of hostilities in the Southeastern region.

Hon. Chairman John Toe Tuopay was a member of Actual Past Master for UBF & SMT of Euraka Lodge # 120 and Past Noble Father Grand United Order of ODD Fellow # 11928

May his soul and souls of all the faithfully departed rest in perfect peace.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:

On Friday 3/20/2009 the body will be removed from the St. Moses Funeral Home to the home of his daughter Cinder Tuopay- Doe for three hours of viewing. Thereafter, the body will be taken to the Sartee’s compound in New-Kru Town (commonly known as Jeadepo Yard) for a night of wake keeping.

Funeral Service will be on Saturday 3/21/2009 10:00AM at the Seed Faith Ministries in New-Kru Town (formerly New Kru Town Christian Assemblies), Bushrod Island, Liberia.

The body will then be taken to Greeneville Sinoe County for two nights of wake keeping 3/22-3/24/2009. Thereafter, the body will be taken to Nekree, Jarboeville Township for internment.

Contact Persons:
Nathaniel S. Bartee – 231-651-0138 Liberia

Ralph Tuopay Sr. – 231-652-0274 Liberia

Cinder Tuopay-Doe – 231-652-7824 Liberia

Nathaniel Tuopaeh – (404) 435 -8369 USA

Dixon Tuopay - (404) 704 6389 (USA)

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