Michael Kirby Tyler

Born: Sun., Jun. 27, 1965
Died: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Sun., Feb. 18, 2018
Location: Bishop Chapel Cemetery

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. Michael Kirby Tyler, age 52, of Athens, GA on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Private Graveside services will be held Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Bishop Chapel Cemetery in Summertown, GA for close family and friends.

Honorary Pallbearers are  Jay Matthews, Jake Matthews, Brian Winn, Jim Hulme, Michael McGarity, Eric Brewton, Tom Ellerbee, Dale Shedd, Bill Hallman, David Spencer, Tim Gaines and Floyd Clements.

Michael Kirby Tyler was born June 27, 1965 in Savannah, GA, was a graduate of Elbert County High School (Class of 1983) and Georgia Southern University (BBA1987).  Mike began work for State Farm Insurance Companies right after graduation, and remained for 28 years, with a perfect attendance record for his entire career. He was an avid golfer and UGA football fan, sharing a trip with his daughter to the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, CA. Mike was a member of the Athens Touchdown Club,  First United Methodist Church in Athens, an active parent at Prince Avenue Christian School and  also served as spotter for  the PACS football team, in the press box, for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Melissa Stokes Tyler, and father-in-law, Cay Stokes.

Survivors include:

One Daughter, light and love of his life: Amelia Ann Tyler of Athens, GA

His Parents: Kirby and Carolyn Tyler of Elberton, GA

One Sister: Lynsley Tyler of Atlanta, GA

Mother-In-Law: Barbara Taylor Stokes of Swainsboro, GA

Sister-In-Law and Brother-In-Law: Elizabeth and Jay Matthews of Barnesville, GA

Niece and Nephew:  Anna Matthews and Jake Matthews of Barnesville, GA

One Uncle: L. A. Lanier of Savannah, GA, numerous cousins and friends.

The family request that memorials be made to the Michael Kirby and Melissa Stokes Tyler Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Prince Avenue Christian School, 2201 Ruth Jackson Rd. Bogart, GA  30622

Condolences may be submitted online at www.durden-hudsonfuneraldirectors.com

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of  Mr. Michael Kirby Tyler of Athens, GA


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Melanie Thompson
   Posted Fri February 16, 2018
Mr. & Mrs. Tyler and Lynsley & Amelia... I am so sorry for your loss !! My thoughts and prayers are with your family... May God comfort you during this time... Michael was such an awesome guy... Lynsley and I graduated together at ECCHS... Love you all !!

Curtis Veal
   Posted Fri February 16, 2018
I am so sorry to learn of Mike's death. I haven't seen him in many years but I remember him as a fine young man. I am praying for his wonderful parents and the rest of the family.

Don & Ann Looney
   Posted Sat February 17, 2018
Our hearts are broken for the family. Please know that we are remembering you all in our prayers.

Cindy Cofer Rogers
   Posted Sat February 17, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Your Lord and Savior is with all. God Bless!

Mitch Palmer
   Posted Sat February 17, 2018
I am deeply saddened by the news of Mike, my friend's passing. I have so many fond memories of us on the golf course. "Pipeline" as I called Mike because of his STRAIGHT tee shots , will be missed by me. I can only that I will see him again.

Jim Wilson
   Posted Sat February 17, 2018
I worked with Mike at State Farm for about 15 years.
He was a fine young man.We lunched, golfed, and had
lots of good times.He will be missed greatly by all his pals. Bless
him and his family.
Jim Wilson

Rod McCarty
   Posted Sat February 17, 2018
Dear Kirby and Carolyn ,We are praying and thinking of you ,We love you.Rod and Eloise McCarty and family

Michelle Austin-Willard
   Posted Mon February 19, 2018
Lynsley and family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you mourn the loss of your brother.

Melinda Bryant
   Posted Mon February 19, 2018
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. I graduated with Mike from ECCHS. He was always such a nice, fun guy. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Reanne Bell Kraus
   Posted Fri February 23, 2018
So sorry to hear about Michael. May you find comfort in your friends and family. God bless you.