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Ezekiel "Zeke" Tyson Sr.

1930 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Ezekiel "Zeke" Tyson Sr. Obituary
Ezekiel Tyson Sr. (Zeke) was born August 31, 1930 in Crosby, Mississippi to the late Saul Tyson Sr. and Annie Bell Tyson. He passed December 31, 2018 at his home in New Orleans, LA. Zeke moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1943, where he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. He then enrolled at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the fall of 1951. During his time at Southern University, he participated in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he also gained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Zeke served in the Army Reserve for nearly 28 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Zeke's church life began at Embry Hill Church of God in Christ in Crosby, Mississippi under the leadership of Elder S.A. Lindsey. When Zeke moved to New Orleans, he joined his family at the First Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Bishop James Feltus Sr, followed by Bishop James Feltus Jr and currently Bishop Arnold Little. A faithful member until his passing , Zeke served as a Sunday School teacher for approximately 30 years, the superintendent of Sunday School for over 20 years, director of Vacation Bible School, and a member of the International Sunday School Board. He even served as Mr. First Church! Zeke began teaching English and Social Studies at Samuel J. Green Middle School in October 1956. After 15 years, he was transferred to Eleanor McMain High School to integrate the teaching faculty. Zeke received a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Southern University in 1969 and subsequently became a guidance counselor at Marion Abramson High School and Walter L. Cohen High School. He retired from the New Orleans Public School System after over 30 years. In the 1970s, he started the Quick Arrival Cab Company with one cab and expanded it over time. Realizing his blessings, he also considered it his work to give back to the community. He was also a member of Kiwanis International, work with Habitat for Humanity, served as a voting poll volunteer, and volunteered in numerous other capacities. Zeke was also a family man. He loved the Tyson family and anyone related to a Tyson! In March 1956, he married Lela Shankle, and three children were born to this union: Darryl, Luvetta, and Rhonda. He then married Patricia Williams on May 29, 1971, and three children were born to this union: Becky, Patrice, and Ezekiel Jr. Over the course of his life, Zeke traveled through all 50 states, Canada, Bermuda, Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico, England, France and Germany! Ezekiel was preceded in death by his parents; siblings-Andrew, Noah, David, Julio, Estella, Moses, Elijah, Martha, Mildred and Saul; and son, Darryl. His memory will be cherished by his wife Patricia; children-Arlinda Berry(Keith), Luvetta Gardner (Dwight), Rhonda Burns, Becky Hubbard (Henry), Patrice Tyson, and Ezekiel Tyson Jr.; grandchildren-Nicole Camp (Micheal), Courtney Jackson, Ezekiel Tyson III, Christopher Burns, and Daniel Hubbard; great-grandchildren-Tayelor, Kiersten, Reese, and Mallory Camp; and numerous family and friends. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00 am at Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, 4400 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70115. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am at the church. Interment will follow at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, 34888 Grantham College Dr. Slidell, LA 70460. Arrangements Entrusted To Estelle J. Wilson Funeral Home, Inc., 2715 Danneel St. N.O.LA. 70113, Information: (504) 895-4903. To sign online guest book please visit www.estellejwilsonfuneralhome.com.
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11, 2019
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