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Toal, Charles, Joseph

Charles Joseph Toal, 76, of McDonough, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011, following a brief illness. He was a retired vice principal at Stockbridge High School. Also, he had served as the Director of Vocational Training for the Henry County Board of Education. reviously, he served the Douglas County Board of Education as the Coordinator of Diversified Career Technology and Adult & Continuing Education Coordinator. Education was a paramount goal to Mr. Toal, for himself, and his students. At a young age, he realized that higher education would be his sole alternative to life spent in the steel mills of his native McKeesport, Pa. Driven by that goal, Mr. Toal graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the University of Pittsburgh. Following his graduation from college, he proudly served his country during the Vietnam Era as an Army aviator. He was honorably discharged with the rank of major. A helicopter pilot, he flew the H-37 Mojave and OH-23 Raven. Mr. Toal continued his education at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. He received the MBA degree in Financial Planning, a master’s degree in Trade and Industrial Education, and the Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership. In pursuit of advancing his own education in order to better educate his students, Mr. Toal pursued the Ed.D. and J.D. at Georgia State University, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Law. In his personal notes, Mr. Toal said, “I hope the many students I worked with have, in some way, benefited.” Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; children, Nora and Robert Veazey, of Macon, Susan and David Clickner, of Columbus, Frank and Alyssa Foshee, of Eugene, Ore., and Richard Foshee, of Boca Raton, Fla.; sister, Donna Johnston, of Duquesne, Pa. He was the beloved “Grandaddy” to Foster and Weathers Veazey, Phillip and William Clickner, and Sydney and Sarah Foshee. A talented musician, he loved playing the accordion for his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, four sisters, his late wife, and their son. The family will receive guests at home on Friday, April 1, from 4 p.m., to 6 pm. A private graveside service will be held the following day. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Grace Community Church, P.O. Box 27055, Macon, Ga. 31221. Haisten Funeral Home – McDonough is in charge of arrangements, (770) 914-8833, haistenfunerals.com.