Mr. Toby Germaine Person


Toby Germaine Person, a loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away suddenly January 24, at age 47.

Toby was born February 20, 1976 in Columbus, Ohio to Gloria Sams and Robert Person Sr. He spent his adolescent years putting a smile on his siblings face and being the light in every room. He was an avid sports fan with his favorite teams being The Ohio State Buckeyes, Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his free time, he enjoyed traveling, listening to music, playing cards games (Spades) with his family. He could be often heard debating the local City League Basketball and Football talent, often comparing them to the teams and players of the 90’s era. He attended Northland High School, where he found his love for mathematics and forged lifetime friendships with many of his classmates.

Toby will be lovingly remembered by his children, Jaylin Micheal Carter and Elijah Germaine Person; mother, Gloria Sams; brother, Robert (Tania) Person Jr.; sisters, Deneisha Sams and Dierdre (George) Ogbebor; aunt, Barbara Fells; nieces, LaKeisha Williams, Diamond Person, Omoruyi Ogbebor, Aniyah Ogbebor, Twilah Person; nephews, Brandon Person, Duane Williams and RJ Person and a host of cousins, great nieces, nephews, and friends.

Toby is preceded in his death by his father, Robert Person Sr.; step mother, Gloria Person; aunts, Irene Madison, Mary Warner; uncles, Jack Person, Bufford Warner and June Madison.

Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, February 10, 2024 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.). Interment at Union Cemetery Association. To read the complete obituary, order flowers, view video tribute and offer condolences to the Person Family, visit

Condolence Messages

  1. I would like to wish my deepest sympathies to the family and sons of Toby. God blessed us to know a kind, very giving man. I’m going to miss you Toby. Thank you for the time you had with us. Fly high!

    Love, Nicole Allen

  2. I’m praying for your family Toby. I guess we’re going to have to finish our debates later, sometime. You’re one of a kind. Tell Luda stop all that fouling on the court. Much love HOMIE ❤️. You will be missed.

  3. Erick &Teresa Morgan Moore

    Toby I can’t believe you are saying goodbye.It seems like a dream.I love you and thank you for the love and memories you’ve shared with me.Im praying for your family and friends.I’m going to miss you my will always be.Rest up in god we trust. Mrs Gloria my heart is with you and his kids,
    Love Teresa &Erick Moore

  4. I’m praying for the entire family. My condolences to Toby.. so funny and such a character. May you sleep in heavenly peace.

  5. I hope to meet you again where there’s no fear of death just know your soul lives on in the people you touched, you’re forever in our hearts love you friend. One love Shawn Bones rest in paradise..

    • Dang bro gonna miss the great debates, and your presence in general. Wish you could’ve seen our Buckeyes win one more. Hate to see you go so soon. Much love and condolences to your family.
      Your bro Willie “Root” Dumas

  6. I’m so happy that I got to meet you . It hurted my heart to find out you passed . I was calling in calling to see what’s up but when you didn’t call me back . I was thinking you was mad at me . So I was like why is he not answering so when I got the call I couldn’t even believe or understand how it happen but I just what to tell you that I love you in can’t wait to see you again love your friend Neek

  7. It’s only been a few days , a few days of confusion, a few days of disbelief, a few days of what if’s. Remember the last day I saw you but still wish you were here. Things I wanted to tell you. Tell you most though that I love you. Your brother Pete.

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