Michael Kirby Tyler, 52

by | February 21, 2018 4:59 pm

   Private graveside services for close family and friends of Michael Kirby Tyler, 52, of Athens were held Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. in the Bishop Chapel Cemetery in Summertown. He passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

   Mr. Michael Kirby Tyler was born June 27, 1965, in Savannah. He was a member of Elbert County High School’s Class of 1983 and graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1987 with a BBA. Tyler began working for State Farm immediately after graduation and remained there for 28 years; he boasted a perfect attendance record for his entire career. He was an avid golfer and an avid UGA football fan, sharing a trip with his daughter to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Tyler was a member of the Athens Touchdown Club and First United Methodist Church in Athens, and he was an active parent at Prince Avenue Christian School (PACS). He also served as spotter for the PACS football team in the press box for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melissa Stokes Tyler, and his father-in-law, Cay Stokes.

   Survivors include one daughter, the light and love of his life, Amelia Ann Tyler of Athens; his parents, Kirby and Carolyn Tyler of Elberton; one sister, Lynsley Tyler of Atlanta; mother-in-law, Barbara Taylor Stokes of Swainsboro; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Matthews of Barnesville; brother-in-law, Jay Matthews of Barnesville; niece, Anna Matthews of Barnesville; nephew, Jake Matthews of Barnesville; one uncle, L.A. Lanier of Savannah; and numerous cousins and friends.

   Honorary pallbearers were Jay Matthews, Jake Matthews, Brian Winn, Jim Hulme, Michael McGarity, Eric Brewton, Tom Ellerbee, Dale Shedd, Bill Hallman, David Spencer, Tim Gaines, and Floyd Clements.

   The family requests that memorials be made to the Michael Kirby and Melissa Stokes Tyler Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Prince Avenue Christian School, 2201 Ruth Jackson Rd., Bogart, GA, 30622.

   Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

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