John Wesley (Jr.) Tyson of Dublin, Georgia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon at his home surrounded by his family. Services will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at First Church of the Nazarene with burial to follow in Northview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00PM until funeral hour on Saturday at the church. Rev. Myron Wise and Rev. Don Hicks will officiate.
John was born to the late John Washington and Sally Cobb Tyson of Scott, Georgia. He moved to Dublin at the age of fourteen and went to work with several stores part-time and with Palmer’s Fish Market for several years. He went to work at Robins Air Force Base in 1951, transferred to Atlanta in 1969, and retired from DeKalb County School System in 1995 before returning to Dublin.
John was a member of Dublin First Church of the Nazarene since 1949 and helped to paint the First Church Annex that was built. He served on the church board, Sunday School Department, teen director and in other areas. He loved to sing and had a beautiful voice, loved God, his family, and his church. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great-great grandfather. He was a friend to all, helped anyone who needed help, and never met a stranger.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Nita T, Cape; grandson, Michael A. Thompson; son-in-law, Lamar Coleman; foster mother, Hulda Johnson Kea; mother-in-law, Avie Tapley; brothers in-law, Theron B. Dent, William W. Dent, and John H. Francis Dent; seven brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-nine years, Ruth Dent Tyson; daughters, Nancy T. Waddleton (Ronnie), of Macon, and Sylvia T. Coleman, of Eatonton; son-in-law, Joel Cape; sisters, Theresa Wigley, of Hamilton, Ohio, and Betty J. Durden, of East Dublin; grandchildren, Chris Thompson, Nicole Tidwell, Austin Cape, and Angela Stoner; great-grandchildren, Shawna and John Thompson, Allegra and Shafer Cape, Vanessa Pines, Andrew Casas, Wes and Eli Stoner; great-great grandchild, Tanner Pines, and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Many thanks and appreciation goes out to Serenity Hospice for their services to John and the family.