Jerry Wayne Tyrone, age 70, died at 3:30 p.m. July 20, 2012, at the Osceola County Fairgrounds in Evart, Michigan. Jerry was a long-time resident of Wartrace, Tennessee, and was attending a Dulcimer Festival in Evart at the time of his death.
He was born in Blytheville, Arkansas, September 22, 1941, to James Escue and Marguerite Burns Tyrone. Jerry attended school at Sikeston, MO., graduating from Sikeston High School in 1959. He subsequently joined the U.S. Army where he served in the U.S. and France until his honorable discharge in 1962. Thereafter, he worked for a brief time at Canvas Products in Sikeston, then was employed at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, later A. T. & T., until his retirement several years ago.
At the time of his death Jerry was involved in what he loved best -- playing guitar in a well-known local bluegrass band, Lost in Tyme. He loved fishing and spent many hours with friends on the lake. He spent winters in Quartzsite, AZ, where he played music with friends at many RV parks.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and one son, John Tyrone. Survivors include three sons, Shawn Tyrone of Las Vegas, Nevada; Jerry Wayne Tyrone Miller of Newhall, California, and James Wesley Tyrone Miller of Wesley Chapel, Florida; one sister, Charlotte Mitchell (Ken) of Tichnor, Arkansas, and a stepsister, Alma Frances Devar (Harry) of Smyrna, Tennessee. He also left behind a host of friends who will miss his quick wit and easy-going personality.
In keeping with Jerry's wishes, cremation took place in Evart, Michigan. A stone in his memory will be placed in the family plot at Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville, Arkansas.