... He fought a good fight, he has finished his course, he has kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give him at that day: and not to him only, but unto all them also that love His appearing ... II Timothy 4:7-8
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With a renewed strength in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we continue hold fast to God's promise of eternal life, as we humbly submit to His divine will and release the precious soul of our dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, cousin and friend, our beloved Deacon Sidney Tyler, lovingly and affectionately referred to by all who knew him as "Luck."
Luck was a precious gift from God born to the union between the late Lizzie Clark Tyler and Jake Tyler on Dec. 12, 1937, in Prince George County, Va. He was peacefully and serenely escorted by the angels to Heaven's gates on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, from the Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Va. In addition to his loving parents, he was greeted in Heaven by his late siblings, John, Herbert, Frances, Dorothy and Delia, who welcomed him with open arms. His home was a haven of love and comfort at 7505 Chipokes Road, Spring Grove, Va.
Luck was not afforded the privilege of a formal education, but through God's grace and His infinite mercies, He was blessed to thrive into adulthood as a wise, humble and caring man who was full of wisdom and a sincere love for God, his family, his church and his community.
Luck was united in holy matrimony to his lifelong companion, the former Lucy Mae Grant, on Feb. 21, 1959. Their union was blessed by God with a precious daughter and a handsome son, who both share their parents' names, Lucy Anita Tyler and Sidney Donnell Tyler.
Luck was revered as a consummate "Master Sportsman," who was highly respected as a skilled hunter, fisherman, collector of classic antique cars and the former manager of his own softball team. He was a faithful member of the L & B Hunt Club and the Brandon Hunt Club. He was blessed to have the distinct honor to have served his community as the first black fireman with the Burrowsville Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 wonderful years, the Prince George Crime Solvers Association and the Prince George County Electric Co-Op. He demonstrated a caring dependable work ethic as a loyal technician with the American Tobacco Co.
Luck portrayed his commitment to God as a lifelong, faithful and dedicated member of Morning Star Baptist Church in Burrowsville, Va. He was an active and vital member of the following ministries: the Diaconate Board, Male Chorus and The 100 Strong Men Ministry. His dearest love was his family, as he showered them with love, affection and a deep sense of pride. Although we will dearly miss his physical presence, we rejoice in the assurance of God's Word that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!" We Thank God for allowing our "Dear Luck" to be a blessing in our lives!
Precious and treasured memories of Luck will be cherished by his loving, faithful and devoted wife of 55 years, Deaconess Lucy M. Tyler; a loving and devoted daughter, Anita Tyler Claiborne and her husband, George; a loving and devoted son, Sidney D. Tyler Sr. and his wife, Altheia; four loving grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Brandon D. Robinson, Sidney D. Tyler Jr., Anecia D. Williams and Kayla A. Jiggetts; devoted siblings, Louise Tyler Allen and Jacob Tyler; devoted nephews, William "Bubba" Allen, Archard "Jake" Tyler, Herbert Junior Allen and William Cole Jr.; and countless loving and devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends, neighbors and his faithful, dependable hunting dogs, whom he cared for deeply.
Services for Deacon Sidney "Luck" Tyler will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Morning Star Baptist Church, 19121 Brandon Road, Spring Grove, Va.; the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Elliott Jr., pastor, eulogist. Interment to follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive at 7505 Chipokes Road, Spring Grove, Va.
Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Deacon Tyler at www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911, www.jmwilkersonsince1874.com.
Published in The Progress-Index from Feb. 16 to Feb. 20, 2014