William Tyson

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William Wesley Tyson CHARLOTTE - William Wesley Tyson went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, after a courageous battle against cancer. He was born in Charlotte on June 21, 1938, the son of Elizabeth Hendley Tyson and William Ingram Tyson. He attended Charlotte city schools and graduated from Central High School in the class of 1956. Bill then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1960 with a degree in banking and finance. He later received a graduate banking degree from The American Bankers Association, Rutgers University School of Banking. He was employed his entire working career with First Union National Bank (now Wells Fargo), retiring in 1999 as Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking. Over the years, he was involved in many civic and community activities, including Chairman of the Board of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Chairman of the annual fund drive for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, President of the Charlotte chapter of The American Institute of Banking, and numerous positions within the annual fund drives of the United Way and the United Arts Council. Bill was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in which he and his wife reared their two children. He was also a member of Carmel Country Club and a former member of The City Club and Good Fellows. As a young adult, he was an avid sailor and a longtime member of the Lake Norman Yacht Club. His love of Lake Norman precipitated a business venture when he and his good friend, Ralph Howey, developed and owned Kings Point Marina, the largest marina on Lake Norman. Bill loved his family and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Affectionately known as "Buster" to his grandchildren, he encouraged each family member to strive to do his best in any undertaking, and to enjoy the process. He will always be remembered for his smile, laugh, and encouragement. The beauty of nature was a constant source of enjoyment for Bill. He loved the changing of the seasons, the crops in the fields, sun rises and sun sets. He especially enjoyed his home on the bay at Sunset Beach with the sounds of the gulls, the surf, and the glow of the moon and stars at night. The home was a wonderful, informal family retreat with water sports, fishing from the dock, and the simple pleasures of bike riding and walking along the surf. Before, and especially after his retirement, Bill developed a love of cooking and became the family chef. His sense of just what spices and ingredients would enhance any recipe enabled him to improve and continue to improve any recipe. Recipe cards always contained additional ingredients and modifications in measurements. Both his family and friends benefitted from his enjoyment. Bill is survived by his wife of fifty one years, Margaret Smith Tyson (Peggy); daughter, Elizabeth Tyson Hees-eman and her husband, Gary Heeseman III; son, William Wesley Tyson, Jr. and his wife, Michelle Collier Tyson; and four grandchildren, Gary Heeseman IV, Margaret Elizabeth Hees-eman, Leah Katherine Tyson, and William Wesley Tyson, III. A memorial service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow the service in the Blue Room. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in Bill's memory be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207; A Child's Place, Post Office Box 33302, Charlotte, NC 28233; or Hospice & Palliative Care, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.

Published in Charlotte Observer from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2014
William W. Tyson
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