William Evans “Bill” Tyler, 86, of Eli Whitney passed away Thursday evening, May 7, 2020, at his residence. Bill was born in Dillon, SC to Wally J. and Rosa Jane Evans Tyler, both deceased. He was the retired owner of Electro Installation, and he was a member of Moore’s Chapel Baptist Church. Bill was also a member of the Thomas M. Holt Masonic Lodge #492 in Graham. He attended Lee Senior High School before joining the U. S. Air Force.
Bill is survived by his wife, Knight Smith Tyler. Daughter, Pamela Tyler Thompson and her husband Craig of Burlington. Grandchildren, Natalie Thompson, Sophie Herring and her husband Ryan, and United States Army Sgt. Evan Thompson. Brothers, Jack Tyler and his wife Betty, and Walter Tyler and his wife Kay. He was also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sisters, Eunice Harrison and Mildred Harmon.
Bill was one of a kind. He was a man of many talents and stories. His talents included, but were not limited to, grilling, fishing, camping and water skiing. Anyone who knew him knew that there was no such thing as a brief conversation. He loved to crack jokes and share his stories with all who listened. His stories could fill a library.
Despite 21 heart attacks and multiple stints, the man’s heart was still made of gold. He never knew a stranger. Matthew 6:3 says, “But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.” Bill demonstrated this verse all his life. He was a generous man and found joy in meeting other people’s needs without any recognition. His generosity, love, and humor will be his legacy.
There will be a private service held at Moore’s Chapel Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Rickey Donaldson and Rev. Fred Treadwell. Burial will follow in Moore’s Chapel Cemetery. Bill will be at McClure Funeral Home in Graham for public viewing from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM Sunday afternoon.
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