Donald Franklin Tyree Sr.
Donald Franklin Tyree Sr.

Donald Franklin Tyree Sr., 81, of Madison Heights, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Don retired from Norfolk Southern after 27 years of service. He served in the U.S. Marine corps and the U.S. Navy. After retirement he was a transporter for Pinkerton Chevrolet. He enjoyed playing softball, baseball and bowling and loved hunting and fishing. One of his favorite things was the long rides through the mountains with his dear Betty.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Margaret Tyree; and brother, William E. "Dickie" Tyree. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Betty Tomlin Tyree; sons, Donald Franklin Tyree II (Melinda) and Derek Tyree; grandchildren, Chelsey Tyree, Tre Tyree, Olivia Tyree, Ruger Tyree, Paxton Elder, Makynna Campbell, Ryan Dorr, Brandon Dorr and Knoah Kessler; great-grandchild, Paisley Rae Uttley; and sisters, Norma Jean Coleman (Gordon) and Mary Ann Stinnett. Also surviving are a number of special nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Union Christian Church on River Road in Madison Heights, from 3 until 6 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2021, followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 6:30 p.m.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Madison Heights, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.

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Published by The News & Advance on Jan. 14, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
Jan
15
Visitation
3:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.
Union Christian Church
River Road, Madison Heights, Virginia
Jan
15
Celebration of Life
6:30p.m.
Union Christian Church
River Road, Madison Heights, Virginia
Funeral services provided by:
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory
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Betty and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God will give you his comfort.
Mary & Ted Dodgion
January 15, 2021
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Have many memories of our days on the RR at Monroe and later playing softball together . Prayers to you Betty and your family.
Robert W. Elium
January 15, 2021
Hugs and sympathy to you and your family! Sorry for your loss!
Diane Duff
January 15, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Don was a joy to work with on the dealer trips. He will be sorely missed by all of us. Hill & Amy Jones
Hill Jones
January 15, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you, sorry to learn of Donald's death. Knew him from many years with the railroad. Considered him a very special friend.
Patrick B Powell
January 14, 2021
We are so very sorry to hear this. We send our sincere sympathy and heartfelt condolences.
Gay Eadie
January 14, 2021
Enjoyed working with Don, he was always a pleasure to be around.
Nathaniel Lowmax
January 14, 2021
Betty and family, We are so sorry to hear of your great loss of Donald. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Preston and Judy Layne
Preston Layne
January 14, 2021
So very sorry for your loss
William Davis
January 14, 2021
Enjoyed many years working with Don. Praying for his family and friends. RIP Don
James Waters
January 13, 2021