Rita Charlene “Tuck” Toms

August 5, 1960 - June 12, 2023

08/05/1960 - 06/12/2023

Past Services

Wednesday June 14, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Thursday June 15, 2023
11:00 am
Millennium Pentecostal Holiness Church
247 Millennium Road
Aulander, NC 27805
Thursday June 15, 2023
11:30 am
Job Cemetery
Aulander, NC 27805

Rita Charlene “Tuck” Toms, age 62, of St. John – Millennium Road, passed away on Monday, June 12, 2023 at the ECU Health Medical Center in Greenville, NC surrounded by her family.

Charlene was born on August 5, 1960 to Milton “Sniffy” Malone and Jean Jones Malone in Hertford County, North Carolina. Tuck has dedicated her life to training horses of many different breeds. She has had numerous accomplishments with horses over the years, including barrel racing and riding many miles which was a true pleasure to her. Tuck also had a true passion for rescuing horses. Outside of taking care of horses there were two people that were the apples of her eye, her daughter Reba, being blind from birth, developed a special bond and was known as her best buddy, and her grandson Gage, who affectionately call her “Mini Ma”, had a very special bond, and loved spending time together. Charlene loved her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all that knew her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Jones Malone.

Charlene is survived by her son, Grayson Toms and wife Melinda of Conway; her daughter, Reba Joe Drew of Aulander; three grandchildren, Gage Toms, Zoie Creech, and Drake Creech , all of Conway; husband, Doug; father, Sniffy Malone of Aulander; sister, Rhonda Malone Oliver and husband David of Ahoskie; brother, Lenny  Malone of Aulander; aunt, Dale Jones and husband Bobby of Ahoskie; three nephews, David Oliver II, and wife Brittany of Ahoskie, Chase Oliver and wife Jessica of Windsor, and Lansden Malone of Aulander; two nieces, Chelsie Blowe and husband Ben of Ahoskie, and Courtney Blowe and husband Cameron of Colerain; special friend, Julie Johnson; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC and other times at the home.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Millennium Pentecostal Holiness Church, Aulander, NC, with Rev. Taylor Latham, Rev. Laura Early, and Vicky Drew officiating. Burial will follow at Job Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nay Nays Peace of Heaven Equine Rescue, 1379 NC Hwy 171N Washington NC 27889 or online by clicking here.

.Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Toms family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.

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Charles & Leah Newsome
9 months ago

We just recently learned of Tuck’s death and want Doug and the rest of her family to know we will be keeping all of you in our prayers. Tuck was a great help to us when we started our love affair with horses. Our first horse, Party Girl, was one of Tuck’s many rescues. Through the years, she placed 3 more horses with us. Tuck was always willing to share her horse savvy with us. We are grateful for all of her time and effort. All of our horses have passed on. We are sure they were happy to greet her in heaven!

shari gibson/tony overton
10 months ago

i am so very sorry! sending prayers for her family. she was such a beautiful person. comfort be with you all.

Wesley Lassiter
10 months ago

Sniffy and family,

I am sorry at the passing of Tuck.

I remember when she was born, and even though thousands of miles kept me from seeing her grow up, for the four years that I was around I know how much you loved and enjoyed her. Please know that I am thinking of you. Hugs and prayers to you.

10 months ago

So sorry to hear of this loss Tuck was a special and unique lady!! Always enjoyed seeing her.. and having the opportunity to take photos of the Famous wild horse of hers -believe it was Gypsy! Then again catching some photos of her in her full element at the horse stable with her rescue horses

Pat Shores
10 months ago

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Charlene. We had some great times growing up together. We always talked about our birthdays being one hour apart. She will be missed by many. Hugs and prayers to the family!