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TYLER, Watts WATTS PIERSON TYLER Watts Pierson Tyler, 89, died March 4, 2010. The eldest of four children, he was born on February 13, 1921 in Juniper, Georgia. He was married to his beloved wife, Dorothy Doris Jeanes Tyler, for 66 years who preceded him in death on May 9, 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth Pope Tyler and Andrew Marshall Tyler, and a brother, Eddie Tyler. After his high school graduation, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and later enlisted in the United States Army to fight in World War II. He had a long and distinguished military career spanning 29 years of active duty service and achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer-4. His military career took his family around the globe with assignments in Germany, France and Korea. Following his retirement, he was an investigator for the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records at the Pentagon for 15 years. He provided research for the Board's deliberations in restoring the Medal of Honor to Dr. Mary Walker, its only female recipient. He also worked on reclassifying to honorable the discharge of Henry Flipper, the first African American graduate of West Point. He was the father to three loving daughters, Elizabeth Diane Roberts, Patsy Elaine Tyler, and Beverly Ann Tyler. He also leaves behind two sisters, Tina Jones and Florence Hansen; two sons-in-law, Gary F. Roberts and Joseph T. McKnight; seven grandchildren, Col. Ronald Koy Hann, Jr., Jeffrey Cletus Hann; Vickie Coleen Catron Kimbrell, Dorothy Grace Catron, Heather Leigh Atkinson, Penny Marie Roberts; and Lorraine Ann Farr; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and numerous life-long friends. He was an avid golfer and loved to travel. A Memorial Service Celebrating the Life of CW-4 Watts P. Tyler will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel with Minister Harold Savage officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. Mr. Tyler's cremated remains will be placed with his wife's in the Columbarium at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia at 2:30 p.m. with Full Military Honors. Contributions can be made to EverCare Hospice and Palliative Care, 3720 Da Vinci Ct., Ste. 300, Norcross, GA 30092. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wagesfuneralhome.com Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Snellville, GA 770-979-3200 is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 7, 2010
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