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Interment following funeral service

First Church of the Nazarene
Saturday December 28th, 2019

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Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel
Saturday December 28th, 2019
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Celebration of Life

First Church of the Nazarene
Saturday December 28th, 2019

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Ralph Tyler

CLEVELAND - Ralph Tyler, age 84, of Cleveland, MS, passed away Monday, December 23, 2019, at the Bolivar Medical Center Long Term Care Unit in Cleveland, MS. 

Visitation will be Saturday, December 28th from 10:00 am -12:00 pm with A Celebration of Life service to follow at 12:00 pm in the First Church of the Nazarene Sanctuary. Interment will follow in the New Cleveland Cemetery. Bro. Dave Schauer & Bro. Steve Holtz will officiate the services.

Ralph was born on October 11, 1935, to John and Lena (Pender) Tyler in Pace, MS.  He attended grade school in Pace. Ralph worked on a farm before moving to Cleveland in 1948. He helped his father doing cemetery work. He married Frances Gilbert on July 28, 1961, in Cleveland, MS.  Ralph also served as a movie theater attendant at the Ellis Theater and the Regent Theater. He worked at Baxter Laboratories from 1959-1975. He then went to work for the City of Cleveland as the city cemetery sexton. After retirement he kept busy by building birdhouses, working and spending quality time with his grandson. Ralph was a member of the Cleveland First Church of the Nazarene. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, working at the church, cutting grass and maintenance as well as cutting the grass at Linn Methodist Church. Ralph deeply loved his family. He was a hardworking, compassionate, good-hearted and giving man. It seemed that Ralph knew everyone and everyone knew Ralph. He enjoyed visiting and reminiscing with people. He was very much a people person. As Nathan, his Grandson, once told, when we would go to Walmart, it took forever to leave for all the people papaw would talk to as we were going in and coming out of the store.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, John Wayne Tyler and Lena Rivers Pender Tyler; a Brother, Edwin Paul Tyler and his son, Ryan Tyler.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Frances Gilbert Tyler of Cleveland, MS; Daughter, Michelle Enriquez of Cleveland, MS; Son, James Enriquez of Cleveland, MS; Brother, Billy Ray Tyler of Montevallo, AL; Brother, Kip Tyler (Joni) of Jackson, MS; Sister, Barbara Dell Everheart (Henry) of West Helena, AR; 1 Grandson, Nathan Allen Enriquez of Cleveland, MS; Childhood friend/brother, Sonny Wood of Cleveland, MS.

Pallbearers will be James Enriquez Timmy Jones, Joe McKnight, William Wilkerson, Larry Powell, Emmitt Morris, James Williams, Joe Capocaccia, Lloyd Weeks, Sonny Wood, Wallace Boyd, Slim Kendall.

A Special Thank You goes out to the staff @ Bolivar Medical Center's Long Term Care for loving and taking great care of Ralph.  

Memorials may be made to the Cleveland First Church of the Nazarene PO Box 1616 Cleveland, MS 38732.

Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The online guest register may be viewed and signed at www.clevelandfuneralhome.net. 

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Dear Family,
I am very sorry for your huge loss!!!! Mr. Tyler was the nicest & sweetest man around. I have known him all my life!
My mom, Betsy Thompson worked at Baxter and he was so good to help us if we needed it at the cemetery.
I too know of loss. My brother, Mike Thompson past away @ 22years old from a wreck. My dad, Frank Thompson was next and passed in the VA in Jackson. Most of all I adored my mother & she passed away suddenly at Bolivar County because of incompetent's from a doctor & nurse.
I will be in prayer for you all & pray for comfort and peace.

Brenda Thompson Roberts May 2 2020 12:00 AM

My uncle Ralph was just one of the best men I knew and always grew up looking up to. I'm a very lucky girl to have had such a amazing family that I have really let life stray me away bc of just everyday struggles. I hate so bad how long it had been since I'd seen him! I have never ever seen such a loving man as him and my grandfather (Billy tyler) and their brother Kip. My uncle Ralph had such a loving compassion and genuine loyalty to any commitments he made and be a hr or 30 mins early. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, uncle, cousin,... Etc. and raised with old fashioned gentlemen etiquette. I always loved saying something a little crazy and off the wall bc it'd get him so tickled until u couldn't control but laughing as well. He could relate and enjoy conversation with the janator or the well known local business man. He showed no judgemental bone in his body but wasn't afraid to tell u his opinion in a very stern polite way. Michelle and James and Nathan are especially in need of many prayers!! He will be missed dearly this is a great loss to my family. I love each of u and please becareful during travel. Uncle Ralph and my grandfather were crazy about their family and even enjoyed having reunions for their bdays. I know he finally I at ease but my heart aches for the loss we took. I idolized my aunt and uncle's marriage and loved them both sooo much! Please pray for our family!!

Rachel Owen Baker Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM

May the roads be smooth from now on.A friend, Frank Mullen, from our days at the Ellis, Regent and Wesco Theaters.
They were happy days.

Frank Mullen Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM

A fine man and will be greatly missed but he is at peace now. Rest in peace with Jesus Ralph Tyler.

Marie S Morris Dec 25 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ralph Tyler

Sophia Moody Dec 25 2019 12:00 AM

I remember him. He taught my husband how to do the reels for the movies. You will be dearly missed my friend

Beth Smothers Dec 25 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ralph Tyler

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