Willard Tyler Sr.

Published 11:16 am Friday, November 25, 2011

Services for Mr. Willard Tyler Sr. will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mount Heroden Baptist Church with the Rev. Louis Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 until 6 p.m. Saturday at Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home and Sunday at the church from noon until the service.

Mr. Tyler died Nov. 19, 2011, at River Region Medical Center. He was 95.

He retired from the Waterways Experiment Station in 1984 with 43 years of service and was a founder and trumpet player for the Red Tops band.

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He was a 1936 graduate of Magnolia High School and further studied electronics and accounting by correspondence courses for two years.

He was preceded in death by a wife, Alma Tyler; daughter, Dr. Lelia Tyler Sanders; and two sons, Maxwell Tyler Sr. and Willard Tyler Jr.

Mr. Tyler is survived by his wife, Saltine Austin Tyler; daughters, Dr. Deidre Tyler of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mrs. Wilbur Clay of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren, Betty Maxine Tyler, Charlotte Price and Jonathan Clay Sr., all of Vicksburg, Tammie Tyler Hauser and Linda Sanders Gator, both of Jackson, Alma Tyler Reed of Houston, Texas, Maxwell Tyler Jr. of Indianapolis, Ind., and Tonya Tyler of Baton Rouge. He is also survived by 27 great-grandchildren: Jonathan Clay, Nicholas Clay, JonMichael Clay, Kimyattia Smith, Sha’Mon Smith, Sha’Mia Smith, Brendan Brown, Christopher Clay, Christianna Clay, Yashica Brown, Jordan Wayne Clay, Adam Carson, Tiffany Reed, Amber Carson, Amira Carson, Dakotah Tyler, Arsha Carson, Zaira Tyler, Asher Carson, Aislyn Tyler, Norman Price Jr., Joshua Price, Christian Price, Lelia Clark, Amy Clark Ferguson, Landon Tyler Hauser and Daniel Hauser; one great-great-granddaughter, Destiny Mace; two daughters-in-law, the Rev. Betty Young Tyler and Mrs. Barbara Thomas Tyler; one son-in-law, G.T. Clay; and other relatives, including Corinne Melson, Yulanda M