Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home

56 Northwest Blvd., Newton, NC


Tym Turner Wilson

March 8, 1950September 5, 2019

Tym Turner Wilson, age 69, of Newton, NC, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC.

Tym was born March 8, 1950 in Shelbyville, IL, the son of Charles Richardson Wilson and Joy Elizabeth Turner Wilson. He grew up in Shelbyville, IL and graduated from Shelbyville High School and worked at his family’s Ford-Mercury dealership there. Tym received an A.A. degree from Kemper Military College in Boonville, MO, and a BS degree from Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO.

He married Tammy McElroy in 1979, and soon afterward they moved to Catawba County, NC. Tym worked with Kmart Corp. and helped open the Conover, NC store in 1987 and retired from the company in 2014. He was active in the choir of First United Methodist Church in Hickory, NC, and was a volunteer at ECCCM and the Wednesday morning work team at First Presbyterian Church in Newton, NC. Tym also helped lead the Disciple Prison Ministry for inmates at Catawba Correctional Center. He enjoyed his friends, his dogs, reading, yard work and hiking.

Tym is survived by his wife of 40 years, Tammy, of the home; son, Lantz Wilson and wife, Melissa of Chilcoot, CA; brother, Charles Wilson and wife, Kathy of Kirkwood, MO; sister, Sarah Bitzer of Shelbyville, IL; brother-in-law, Monte McElroy and wife, Donna of Moweaqua, IL; granddaughter, Violet of Chilcoot, CA; nephew, Chip Wilson and wife, Becky of Bakersfield, CA; nieces, Rachel Reed and husband, Brandon of Shelbyville, IL, Amy Wilkey and husband Alex of Festus, MO; nine great nieces and a host of extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 9, 2019 at First United Methodist Church in Hickory, NC, with Rev. Paul Christy, Rev. Dr. David Roquemore, and Rev. Fred Thompson officiating. A private graveside service will be held in Southside Cemetery in Newton, NC, prior to the service.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials contributions be made to the Humane Society of Catawba County, PO Box 63, Hickory, NC 28603 or to Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc., PO Box 31, Newton, NC 28658.


  • Humane Society of Catawba County
  • Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc.


  • Receiving of Friends and Family Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, September 9, 2019


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Richard L (Rick) Smith

September 13, 2019

Tym’s smile and laugh were infectious! I shall always remember that ... and the times we shared.
I will pray...


Denise Cutler Littrell

September 11, 2019

Sending my sincere sympathy, thoughts and prayers for all Tyms family. Remember him helping out Charlie at the dealership. Drove new autos in our hometown parades. A sincere fun loving person. Never knew a stranger.
Rest in peace now .

Dorothy Collins

September 10, 2019

We worked with Tym at Conover K-mart. We will miss his great smile and winning Personality. Our condolences and prayers are with his family.

Dorothy and George Collins
Nancy, Timothy and TJ Garrison

J.L. Jackson

September 8, 2019

Tym Wilson was an outstanding, loyal employee, and he was a good friend. He will be missed.
Love to all the family.
Jay and Carlene Jackson

Kathy Freeman

September 7, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband. I have prayed for you and your family's comfort and peace and will
continue to pray. I will also put your name on the church prayer list so you will have a multitude of people praying for you and your family.
Love in Christ, Kathy Freeman

Mark Lindsay

September 7, 2019

I have known Tym 35 years he worked in the hardware Dept at the Hickory Kmart during the Charles Hawkins years we went skiing together a few times with t Killian he has been over to the house several times thru the years ,with his old cars, to ride and sxs or to hike the mountain it hard to believe his passing always considered him to be a great friend never really stood in your way but had Great ears I thought a lot of him I will miss his friendship and humor dearly.

Elizabeth Searle

September 6, 2019

My husband and I are saddened by this loss-- I know from Tammy that Tym and Tammy shared a lifelong love- 40 years of marriage! Tammy is a strong and remarkable woman and I know she had an equally strong, steady, faithful partner in Tym. I only met Tym briefly but got a sense of the bond he and Tammy shared. As longtime marrieds ourselves, our hearts go out to Tammy and her and Tym's son as they face the loss of a cherished husband and father.

Carol de Perczel

September 6, 2019

I’m so sorry that we have all lost a dear friend. Tym was truly a gentle-man.
I’m sorry that I won’t get to be there on Monday to see Lantz and Tammy. Will be in Raleigh to babysit our little two month old grandson. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincerely, Carol

Connie & Jim Lingle

September 6, 2019

Tammy, Lantz and Family - so saddened to hear of Tym departing his earthly home but feel comfort in knowing he has been welcomed by his Savior Jesus Christ and is smiling he wonderful sweet smile again today. May God wrap His loving arms around all of Tym's loved ones, spread His loving hands beneath each of you, and grant you His loving peace during this most difficult time. With every door that closes, God opens a window to let His light continue to shine on us. You are in our hearts and prayers. May God bless and keep you during this time and always.