Joseph Edward Tyler

May 25, 1948December 30, 2018
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China Grove Joseph Edward Tyler, Sr., age 70 of China Grove passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home on Sunday, December 30, 2018. Mr. Tyler was born May 25, 1948 in Dillon, SC to the late Joseph Woodrow Tyler and Margaret Scott. His sister, Betty Phillips, also preceded him in death. He was educated in Dillon County, SC schools and then enlisted in the Marine Corp to proudly serve his country. He served his country as a Combat Engineer in the Vietnam War, was honorably discharged from active duty July 24, 1970, and then entered the Marine Reserves where he served for many years as a Master Sergeant. After his service, he spent many years as a truck driver in the trucking industry. Mr. Tyler, known as Joe to his family and friends, loved to make people laugh. He received great joy knowing he could make someone laugh. In the past, he enjoyed riding motorcycles, loved old classic cars, fishing and watching NASCAR races. One of his true passions was his love for fried chicken and whether is was home cooked, Bojangles, Kentucky Fried Chicken…he loved it all. But most of all, he loved his family and received much joy from the time he spent with them.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters; Robin Michelle Smith (Brent) and Tammi Tyler Brigman (Derrick), and son, Joseph Edward Tyler, Jr. (Amanda) all of China Grove. He is also survived by his sister, Linda Dyson (Johnny) of Tabor City, fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A celebration of life visitation honoring Mr. Tyler will be held at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm. Burial with full Military Honors will take place on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 2:00pm at the National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Goodman and Dr. O’Brick from the Salisbury VA Hospital and all the nurses and staff who Mr. Tyler was so grateful for the exceptional care he received during his illness. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517. Online condolences may be left for the family at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home of China Grove is serving the family of Mr. Tyler.


  • A Celebration of Life Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Military Burial with Honors Monday, January 7, 2019

Joseph Edward Tyler

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Jean Pinkston

January 2, 2019

(I couldn't find an online guest book to sign. )
There are so many great things about Joe. It's true, he was very comical. I think growing up around him & his family that I ended up with some of his humor.
He will be greatly missed.
News of his passing was a shock for me as I did not know he was sick.
He's at rest & comfort now.
I live out of town now & will be unable to make it in for the services as I have to work. But I love y'all Robin & Tammi & Joe Jr.
You all will be in my thoughts & prayers.

Debbie Butner

January 1, 2019

When I read the obituary and it stated Joe loved to make people laugh and I said to myself, there was never a more true statement. Being his step daughter at one time, I had the honor of being in his company many times . Joe could always keep a smile on my face, a chuckle or a full blown laugh every time I was around him. His service in the marine corp. should be recognized. The fact that he fought in Vietnam shows courage and dedication to his country. Joe was good to my Nannie, which meant the world to me. Every Saturday night he took her and my mom out to eat. He worked hard and even started his own lawn business as a second job. He also loved to keep candy bars in the compartment of his recliner...Lol... Maybe God will have some kit kats in heaven waiting for him and who knows, mb a recliner to hide them too. There will always be a place in my heart for you Joe. I hope you knew that somewhere in your's Love you !!