Melvin C. Tyler

Published 11:30 am Wednesday, October 5, 2011

JACKSON — Services for Melvin C. Tyler will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Green Baptist Church with the Rev. Herman Sylvester officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 1 until 7 p.m. at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Tyler died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Hospice Ministries Inc. in Ridgeland. He was 63.

Mr. Tyler was born in Vicksburg. He was a 1965 graduate of Rosa A. Temple High School and a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University. He was an employee of South Central Bell/BellSouth/AT&T Telecommunications with 40 years of service.

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He was a deacon and musician at King Solomon Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert White Sr.; his mother, Lula J. Williams; his brother, Robert White Jr.; and his sister, Suzanne W. Alexander.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Tyler of Jackson; sisters, Linda W. Sandles (Thomas), Cherry W. Chatman, Dorothy W. Miles (Louis), Lena W. Craig, Carrie Stewart, Patricia White, Johnnie White, Linda W. Johnson, (Johnny), and Gladys Sanders, all of Vicksburg, Ernestine W. Dillard (James), and Sharon W. Jones, all of Chicago and Lillie Stewart of San Diego; two brothers, Johnnie L. Williams III of Vicksburg and Emmitt Minor (Joann) of Baton Rouge; aunts, Rebecca Thomas of Chicago and Barbara Tyler Thomas of Oklahoma City; uncle, Anderson White Sr. (Odia Mae); special godparents, Fred and Alyce Shields; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends including extended family members from Natchez.