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OBIT: Mr. Billy Tyree

Mr. Bill Tyree

Mr. Billy Tyree age 81 of the Tanglewood Community was pronounced deceased at 6:46 p.m. Sunday evening February 2, 2020 at the age of 81 at his Massey Road home by Kindred Hospice of Cookeville.

Mr. Tyree was at the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home where his funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon February 5th at 1 p.m. His pastor, Eld. James “Pee Wee” Massey and Mr. Tyree’s brother-in-law, Bro. Charles Knight, officiated. Burial followed in the Garden of Everlasting Life at the Smith County Memorial Gardens.

One of three sons born to the late Charlie Hale Tyree who died at the age of 84 on May 23, 1984 and Maude Ella Bowman Tyree who died at the age 66 of February 28, 1977, he was born William Lloyd Tyree in Carthage on May 13, 1938.

His two brothers preceded him in death, Charles Kenneth Tyree who died December 26, 1979 at the age of 79 and Morris Wesley Tyree Sr. who died May 18, 2010 at the age of 74.

Mr. Tyree attended Smith County High School and following joining the United States Army he received his high school diploma.

He joined the military on June 8, 1956 and was honorably discharged on May 23, 1959 at Fort Lewis, Washington and re-enlisted on August 12, 1960 and was honorably discharged on August 5, 1963 at with the rank of Specialist 4th class at Fort Hamilton, New York.

Mr. Tyree served as a military policeman and was trained at the Provost Marshall General School at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

His total service to our country was seven years, one month and twenty eight days of which two years, six months, and twenty three days was dedicated to overseas service.

He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and a Marksmanship medal for an M-14 rifle.

He was also trained in 1960 in the Code of Conduct for Military Justice.

Following his military service he was united in marriage at the home of the late Eld. Phocian Gibbs to Carthage native, the former Linda Yvonne Knight.

Mr. Tyree was an operating engineer with the Tennessee Valley Authority before retiring in 2001.

He was a member of the South Carthage Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife of over fifty six years is their son, Mark Tyree and companion Debbie Whitener of the Watervale Community and two grandsons, Cody Tyree of the Tanglewood Community and Jon Tyree of Lebanon, and two great-grandchildren.

The Tyree family requests memorials to the South Carthage Missionary Baptist Church.