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Latson Tyler, Jr.

Obituary for Latson Tyler, Jr.

April 13, 1938 - May 10, 2020
Upper Marlboro, Maryland | Age 82


Latson Tyler, Jr. departed this life peacefully on Sunday evening, May 10, 2020 after an extended series of illnesses and complications at Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Hospital in Rockville, MD. Prior to this he met rehabilitation challenges at the Collingswood Health & Rehabilitation Dialysis Center in Rockville, MD and the Washington DC VA Medical Center.

He was born and raised in Washington, DC April 13, 1938 in a family of five siblings (four sisters, Irene Morton, Eleanor Tyler, Earlene Tyler-Baxter, and Blanche Gibson; and brother Owen (Sonny) Tyler to include numerous nieces and nephews. He received his education under the DC Public School system and later received his diploma from the Armstrong Adult Education Center, including course work at the Federal City College.

Latson was known for his love, thoughtfulness and acts of kindness towards many. One of his major passions was the love of reading. Whether it was books, magazines, newspapers or shopping catalogs, he read it all. Many of us joke about the volumes of shopping catalogs that flooded his home. He had an insatiable appetite for reading material so much so that he would occasionally send reading material or catalogs to friends and family for no other reason but to get them hooked on reading or shopping by catalog and not to forget the coupons. His unquenchable desire for reading would later drive him to a career as a printer! You could always find books, magazines and encyclopedias in and around the house.

He was tenacious and a fighter in completing his goals no matter how trying or difficult. When he suffered a major stroke, which left him partially paralyzed on his right side, he learned how to write with his left hand (with excellent penmanship) and did not give up on conquering his driving challenges to secure his permit to continue to enjoy the privilege to drive. Although he valued the spirit of independence, self-reliance and personal accomplishment, he knew he needed help from God. The bible had a special place separate and distinct from other reading material in the home. In sum, he embodied the spirit of scripture: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" Philippians 4:13. He affirmed his belief in Christ for salvation during his time spent in rehabilitation with his son Elder Virgil Tyler, Eric R. Jackson, Jr., and family.

His drive and determination are seen early in his life when he desired to enlist in the United States Marine Corps prior to the age of 18 years old. His decision to enlist required parental approval which he eventually got from his mom (who didn't want him to go) with support and intervention by his elder sister Irene. He served four years after enlisting in June of 1955 and was honorably discharged with a service-connected disability that allowed him to return home safely to take care of his mom and family. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the King Clark National SERV #4 chapter - Commanders Club. He spent over 42 years in support of other Patriots of his country to support the special needs and interests of Veterans.

After his separation from the Marines, he had thoughts of settling down. He entered the printing trade as a journeyman and worked first for Merkle Press, then The Washington Post and eventually retired from the United States Government Printing Office (USGPO).

He is preceded in death by his sister Earlene Tyler-Baxter, parents Latson and Blanche Tyler, daughter-in-law Cheryl Jackson Tyler, and two sisters, Esther and Estelle Tyler; and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Jackson Tyler

He leaves to cherish his memories and love: children, Yolanda Irene Tyler, Vernon Xavier Tyler and Virgil Orlando Tyler from his union with Geanett Alice Tyler (deceased) including children Angela Addison (deceased), Carmen Sullivan, Tina Jackson, John Tyler, I'isha Tyler; four siblings) three sisters: Irene Morton, Eleanor Tyler, and Blanche Gibson; one brother: Owen (Sonny) Tyler; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:6-7).

Friends may visit on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Dale City Christian Church, 14022 Lindendale Road, Dale City, Virginia 22193 with a private service (family only) beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment at the Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in the name of Latson Tyler, Jr. to:
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
P. O. Box 145550
Cincinnati, OH 45250

Arrangements by Ames Funeral Home, Inc., Manassas, VA

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