Alto Alexander “Toe” Borland, Jr. obituary

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 08:48 AM.

“Safely Home”

You have fought the fight, you have kept the faith, you have stood your watch; Welcome home thou good and faithful servant.  These were the spoken words as my precious “Toe” entered into his eternal resting place on Tuesday morning, Aug. 5, 2014.  Waiting hand in hand with his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ to welcome him home were his parents, Alto, Sr. and Maude Borland; his siblings, Sara and Boyce Borland; his beloved children, Lynn and Rhett Borland. 

Left behind to cherish all their memories is his beloved wife and best friend of 30 years, Vanessa Borland; brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Noel Phelps; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, all whom he loved dearly.  Toe was born at home on Sept. 6, 1927 in Pinckard, Alabama where he remained until graduating high school and joining the U.S. Navy for 3 years.  He then returned home to attend college in Birmingham where he received his degree in Pharmacy in 1953.  After moving around several years with his family, he settled in Panama City for the last 22 years of his career at Bay Medical Center where he became their first pharmacist in 1967.  Toe retired in 1989 moving full time to his beloved Howards Creek.  He was an avid fisherman and loved being on the river as often as possible.  At the end of the day there was nothing better than one of his fish fries and stories from days gone by.  He was the quintessential southern story teller with the gift of a lively imagination and the unique ability to weave a story around an event, lace it with his infectious humor and deliver in convincingly.  Most of all he was a “good man” who loved his Lord and studied his bible every day.  Till I get there my “best friend”, you have been my true love and greatest joy.  I’ll meet you at the gate!! I will always love you!!  Funeral services were held 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at Southerland Family Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment followed in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.  Active pallbearers were:  Jimmy Alford, Dusty Alford, Ron White, Steve Garrett, Ralph Garrett and Thomas Starling.  Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted at

Southerland Family Funeral Home

100 E. 19th St.

Panama City, FL 32405


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