James Watson Tolbert III

Feb. 15, 1933 - Nov. 18, 2008

James Watson Tolbert III of Brooksville, Fla., died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at age 75 in his home. Jim was born Feb. 15, 1933, in Waukesha, to the late James W. Tolbert II and Margaret I. Beggs Tolbert. He lived the first half of his life in the Waukesha community that he loved.

While in Waukesha, he went through the Waukesha school system, graduated from Waukesha South High School, took some advanced college courses, worked for years in his fatherís business, Tolbert Oil Co., then began the B & T Riding Academy, which developed into Glengarry Stables. He also farmed the familyís farmland and eventually went to work for the Pure Oil Co. under the sponsorship of Tom Shaw.

Jim was active in the Waukesha Jaycees, Chapel Hill Methodist Church and the fraternal order of the Masons. He later studied to become a real estate broker. The latter business venture became his greatest achievement beginning with several partnerships with regional developers and later with complete independence when he left the area and moved to Florida.

He was married twice while in Waukesha: first to the late Virginia Winzinreid, then to Betty Doherty Tolbert, the mother of his two sons, James W. Tolbert IV, who died in 1989, and Scott Eugene Tolbert.

James married Margaret A. Bemowski and they were married for 40 years until her death on April 30. Margaret had two children prior to their marriage: Edward Bemowski and Donna Rae.

Jim thoroughly enjoyed meeting people. Other interests included farming, traveling, theater music and music from the 30s, 40s and 50s, snowmobiling, horseback riding, hunting and telling stories about the "good olí days," when things were as they should be once again.

When Jim passed away, he was surrounded by his son, Scott, former wife, Betty, and a hospice assistant and he was at great peace.

Jim is survived by a sister, Garnet of Jacksonville, Fla.; granddaughter, Corinne of Virginia; grandson, Zachary of Jackson; great-grandson, Joshua of Virginia; and other relatives and friends in Wisconsin, Florida and throughout the United States.

He and his recently deceased wife, Margaret, have been cremated and have been returned to Waukesha to be interned in Prairie Home Cemetery.

There will be no gravesite ceremony. Further questions may be addressed to 542-9064.