Charles “Chuck” Tyson died at his home Sept. 10 at the age of 90. He enjoyed many happy years, and his final days under the care of his beloved wife of 20 years, Virginia Tyson.
Chuck was born Dec. 14, 1924 in Washington, D.C. to Charles Elwood and Helen Norris Tyson. As a young man, he attended a military academy. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 11, 1943, and served in the European Theater in World War II and also in the Korean War. He attended UCLA and received his degree from New England College. He married his first wife, Eileen Margaret Anderson, and they had four children together.
He taught high school English, and was involved in many businesses and activities, including operating some of his mother’s Helen Tyson Shops, commercial lawn maintenance, and dealing in antiques. Chuck was a breeder of dogs, horses and cattle, and had many champions, especially in Borzoi and Whippet dogs and Percheron horses. He was an avid reader of history and a captivating story teller.
He will always be dearly loved and missed by his wife, Virginia Cawley Montgomery Tyson; his children, Deborah Gale Rouse, Catherine Diane Groelle, Barbara Lynn Tyson, and Charles Norris Tyson; his stepchildren, Judi Montgomery Mangas and Charlie Montgomery; and her three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Anyone wishing to honor Chuck’s memory, please donate to Defenders of Wildlife, a favorite charity of his.
There will be no visitation or service at High’s.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Sept. 16, 2015