Charles Edward Tyson, 86, of Waycross, passed away Thursday afternoon, September 17, 2020, at his residence, following an extended illness.
Born October 31, 1933 in St. Augustine, FL, he was a son of the late William Wiley and Susie Belle Brown Tyson. He lived most of his life in Jesup, Blackshear and Waycross and attended schools in Willacoochee, St. Augustine and was a 1951 graduate of Blackshear High School.
He served in the United States Air Force as a Senior Air Operations Specialist from January, 1952-December, 1954. He was stationed in the state of Washington and in the countries of Iceland, Germany, and France. His overseas duty afforded him the opportunity to tour many of the great cities of Europe.
In February, 1956, he accepted a job with Waynline, Inc., an upholstery furniture manufacturing company in Jesup. In 1973, he and five other employees purchased the company and properties from the Berkline Corporation of Morristown, TN. He served as president and part owner of the new company, Waynline Inc. of Georgia, until the summer of 1993 when the company was purchased by Stanton, Industries of Tualatin, OR. He retired in October, 1993.
Waynline Inc. of Georgia manufactured and sold upholstered living room furniture primarily along the east coast and was a major shipper of furniture through the Savannah port to the mid-eastern countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and others. The company maintained showrooms in High Point, NC and Atlanta.
In September 1993, he joined the Huxford Genealogical Society in Homerville. He became an avid researcher and was elected to the board of directors in 1999. While serving as a director, he volunteered for a phenomenal job — the renumbering of the vast collection of books and periodicals housed in the Huxford Library. Using a shelf-numbering system, he developed specifically for a genealogical research library and devoting over two years of his time, the job was completed. He maintained the numbering system for many years thereafter.
In November 2008, the board of directors of the Huxford Society dedicated Pioneers of the Wiregrass, Volume I, a new series, to him in grateful recognition of his contributions to the Huxford Library and Society.
He was a member of the local George Wayland Hiers Post, VFW 4382 and Fraternal Order of Eagles 4502.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister-in-law, William Wiley Tyson II and David “Wimpy” and Fran Tyson; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Tommie Williamson and Florence and Earnest C. Pittman; a nephew, Foye “Buddy” Strickland Jr. and a niece, Carol Pittman Kennision and her husband Franklin.
Survivors include his three daughters, Lynne Hayman (husband Johnny), St. Augustine, Robin Dorsett and Niki Tyson, both of Blackshear; five grandchildren, Staci Cason Kelly (husband Dan), St. Augustine, Markel Dorsett Smith (husband Jacob), Brunswick, Kaili Dorsett Waters (husband David), Jacksonville, Jena Hayman, St. Augustine and Hannah Cloud, Blackshear; six great-grandchildren, Taylor Shearer and Collin Kelly, St. Augustine, Jayden and Kylan Smith, Brunswick, Hadaley Waters, Jacksonville, and William “Liam” Perry Barber IV, Blackshear; a sister, Lois Harris, Brunswick; a sister-in-law, Carol Batten Tyson, Hinesville and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, from the chapel of Hart Funeral Home.
Interment will follow in the Blackshear City Cemetery.
Sympathy may be expressed by signing online at www.hartfh.com.
Hart Funeral Home of Blackshear is in charge of arrangements.