John Harrison Byrd Tyler, of Colleyville, Texas, died May 21. Some people knew him as “John T-bird.” For others, he was “Hollywood,” “Chief” or, simply, “Dad.” But, regardless of what you called him, to anyone who knew him, the name “John Tyler” will always bring a smile and a flood of wonderful memories of good times and a great person and friend.
John will be remembered as a kind-hearted and witty man with an enthusiasm for life. One of his favorite movie quotes was Forrest Gump’s “Life is like a box of chocolates.” He sure did like his sweets! He kept a smile on his face, even through the hard times, and always had a ridiculous joke up his sleeve ready to tell.
John loved traveling, socializing, going out to eat, working out, swimming, running, fishing, biking, his three cats, Jimmy Buffet, his spa days, and, most of all, his family. He was an avid fan of NASCAR and hosted numerous NASCAR outings. His motto: “If you ain’t first, you’re last!”.
John, for us, you will always be first.
John Harrison Byrd Tyler was born to the late Julian Lewis and Sara Tyler in Richmond, VA, on June 22, 1958. He was an extremely proud graduate of The Citadel, Class 1980, with a BS degree in Business. He accepted a position at Goodyear Tire & Rubber and climbed the ladder of success, holding such positions as Regional Director and Vice President of Sales and Operations at Wingfoot. He was recognized as an outstanding and accomplished employee during his 35-year career and was well respected in the Tire Industry.
Debbi was blessed to have married her soulmate, John, on April 6, 2002, in Las Colinas, Texas. They share one son together, Julian Tyler. John and Julian both shared a love for cars.
John is survived by his wife, Debbi; his sons Julian K. L Tyler, Harrison and Robert Tyler; his grandchildren, Brendan and Bailey Tyler; his sisters Judy Bird and Sara Shive; his nieces and nephews Sara Garner, Beth Hunt, Edith Allin, Richard McGrath and Ben Tyler, and numerous grand- and great-grand- nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother Bill Tyler.
John, we will carry you in our hearts forever!
Donations to be made to research for Parkinson’s and Dementia and Grassroots Animal Rescue
Posted in: J.E. Foust & Son Funeral Directors
Posted on: 2022-06-23
Link to original obituary: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/grapevine-tx/john-tyler-10763681