Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 29, 2012

Myrtice Wells Tyson

Staff Writer
CNHI News Service


Services for Myrtice Wells Tyson, 82, of Cairo, are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, Cairo. The Rev. Dr. Ron McCaskill and Pastor Doug McGee will officiate.  Mrs. Tyson passed away at Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville, on Sunday, Nov. 25. Mrs. Tyson was born on Dec. 20, 1929, in Waco, Texas, to the late Leonard Robertson Wells and Margaret Anderson Wells.  On Feb. 2, 1952, at New Ochlocknee Baptist Church, Beachton, she married Omer Lee Tyson Jr.  Mr. Tyson preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1980.  Myrtice graduated from the University of Georgia with her bachelor’s degree and from Valdosta State University with her master’s degree in business education. She taught school for 32 years at Cairo High School.  After her retirement she co-owned Accounting Services, as well as being an accountant for a small concrete construction company. Myrtice liked to travel and saw to it that her grandchildren saw the United States. Her overseas travels included the Holy Land, Chile, Europe and China, among others. She enjoyed gardening and was very interested in genealogy. She worked on and completed her family’s genealogy as far back as the 17th century. Myrtice was always very generous, with what she had, with the community and the individuals around her.  Myrtice co-founded Beachton Place, and the roads inside this development are named for previous owners. Myrtice Trace is named for her.  She was a charter member of The Summit Baptist Church (a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Church).  Other memberships included the John B. Gordon Chapter No. 383 United Daughters of the Confederacy, Thomasville Chapter 3-086 GA National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, charter member of the John Lee of Nansemond Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century GA-22, Grady County Georgia Retired Educators Association, Eastern Star, one of the Founders of the Grady County Teachers Credit Union, Grady County Historical Society, accountant for the Grady County HELP Agency and Friends of the Roddenbery Memorial Library. Survivors include her daughters, Mary Margaret Tyson Quiggle of Cairo, Lauralu Tyson Porter of Cairo; grandchildren and spouses, Michael Lee and Heather Quiggle of Atlanta, Nathaniel Lee Cabe of Crawfordville, Fla., Matt and Margaret Ann (Quiggle) Grantham of Atlanta; great-grandchild, Kendall Ada Cabe of Crawfordville, Fla.; and numerous first cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Leonard Robertson Wells Jr. (Sunny); sisters-in-law, Georgia Dickinson Wells and Mary Tyson Joye. Myrtice established a trust fund for the perpetual care and upkeep of the New Ochlocknee Baptist Church Cemetery, where generations of her family are interred.  Please send donations in her memory to Georgia Baptist Foundation, 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Ga., 30097.  Your donation should include Account No. 018630 and that it is being given in honor of Myrtice Tyson. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service in the church fellowship hall. Guests may sign the online register at — Clark Funeral Home