Published: 12:50 pm, Fri. Jan. 19th, 2018Updated: 12:49 pm
Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Resthaven Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5740 W. 19th St., Lubbock, Texas, for PJ Tyler.
Tyler, 93, passed away Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Grapevine, Texas.
Those present at the services are invited to join the family for lunch immediately following.
PJ was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Gilpin, Texas, the only child of Pool Joseph and Eula Opal (Bilberry) Tyler. He grew up on the family farm near Milnesand, N.M., first attending a one-room schoolhouse and later graduating from Bluit High School. He earned an AA degree at Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, Texas, where he began preparing for church ministry.
PJ met the love of his life, Mary Lee Richardson, in Lubbock while leading the music in a revival at College Avenue Baptist Church, where her father was pastor. The two were married in that church by her father, Luther Lee Richardson, on Sept. 22, 1946.
Already in the Army, PJ immediately went to Seattle, Wash., to ship out to the Pacific Theater. While on the transport ship, the Japanese surrendered, and he served in the army of occupation as a chaplain’s assistant in Japan.
Upon completing his military service, he and Mary Lee started a family while he pursued further education, first at Baylor University, graduating in 1950, then at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a master’s in religious education.
PJ served on church staff at Immanuel Baptist Church in San Angelo, Texas, South Park Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas, Southcrest Baptist Church in Lubbock, First Baptist Church in Artesia, First Baptist Church in Roswell, and Crestview Baptist Church in Midland, Texas. While working mainly as a minister of religious education, he also served as both music minister and youth minister at times.
Upon retirement, PJ remained active in ministry, volunteering at his local hospital, singing in the Singing Men of West Texas, and participating in mission trips, including trips to Rwanda, Ukraine, Australia and Brazil. He leaves behind a rich legacy of love, service and friendship that has touched people around the world.
His beloved wife, Mary Lee Richardson Tyler, preceded him in death in 1979.
Survivors include son Philip Jerrel Tyler of Lewisville, Texas; daughter Phyllis Jane Tyler Nguyen and husband Tuan of Lake Oswego, Ore.; grandchildren Jessica Dawn Tyler Dunnam, Philip Jared Tyler, Paul Jordan Tyler, Patrick Joel Tyler, Jesse Tyler Nguyen, Jenny Lee Nguyen Gil, and Jamie Lauren Nguyen Colson; and great-grandchildren Cody Wayne Dunnam, Ryan Scott Eugene Tyler, Poppy Jane Tyler, Erin Tyler Nguyen, Robert Chase Nguyen, Rachele Alexis Biltoft, and Brooke Margaret Biltoft.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to the wonderful, caring staff at Baylor Hospital, who helped ease PJ’s struggle with pneumonia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Vietnam Baptist Bible Institute/International Mission Board, SBC, c/o Office of Finance, International Mission Board, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA, 23230.