Russell Aubrey Tyson

Russell Aubrey Tyson
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Mr. Russell Aubrey Tyson, 79, went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday morning, September 8, 2019, at his residence in Blackshear, Ga.

He was born in Millwood, Ga., but he lived most of his life in Fernandina Beach, Fla. before moving to Blackshear in 2006. Aubrey’s mother passed away when he was 3 years old so he was raised by his grandparents, Carrie Elizabeth and John Tyson. Aubrey graduated from Fernandina Beach High School, and he retired from Jefferson-Smurfit (formerly Container Corp.) after 44 years. He was a charter member of Five Points Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach and a deacon at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Fernandina Beach, and he attended Nassau Baptist Church for 12 years. Aubrey first and foremost loved his Lord and his family. He was a small airplane pilot and owner and World War II history buff. Aubrey also enjoyed fishing, and his favorite pastime was studying theology.

Aubrey was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Russell Tyson; his mother, Verdie Morgan Tyson; stepmother, Ida Lee Gent Tyson; and his daughter, Selena Rhea Tyson Goode.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Diana Patricia Thrift Tyson of Blackshear; three children, Aubrey Haddon of Callahan, Fla., Beverly LePierre (Michael) of Blackshear, and Randall Titus Tyson (Sibrina Michelle) of Blackshear; 10 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; two half-siblings, Joseph Edwin Tyson (Dee) of Laurens, S.C. and Susan Elizabeth Tyson McKenney (John) of Yulee, Fla.; three stepsisters, Nancy Gent Phillips of Ware Shoals, S.C., Francis Gent Burgess of Fernandina Beach, and Frankie Gent Wright of Yulee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 1 p.m. Friday. His remains will be interred in Bosque Bello Cemetery in Fernandina Beach.

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 16766
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

Physical Address:
511 Ash Street

Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Phone: (904) 261-3696
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