Charles Alan Tyson

Born in Memphis, TN on August 26, 1941

Departed on January 13, 2021 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Charles Alan Tyson

Born in Memphis, Tennessee August 26, 1941 and residing in Nashville, Tennessee when he passed away on January 13, 2021.

Alan was the second son of Eugene Fulford and Willie Werdna Tyson. He is preceded in death by his wife, Dell, and older brother, David. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Timmons Tysons; daughter, Dr. Deborah Tyson; son, Paul Tyson and wife, Jane, all of Nashville, TN; three grandsons, Nathan Tyson Olmstead, Charles (Chase) Alan Tyson II, and Owen Kilpatrick Tyson; three granddaughters, Kate Daughtery and husband Josh, Finley Tyson, and Anna Christy Eiring; and one great granddaughter, Lily Kate Daughtery.

He was a graduate of Forrest City High School, Ouachita Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the ministry in January 1960. As a young man he served as pastor of Colt Baptist Church, Colt, AR, and Vernon Baptist Church, Blue Ridge, TX. In retirement, he served at Lost Bridge Community Church at Whitney Mountain Chapel in Garfield, AR.

He served as a Chaplain in the US Army for 23 years, served with Special Forces, attended Special Forces Officer Course Training at Fort Bragg, and served two tours in Germany. He retired as a LTC. He served as the Co-Director of the Christian Family Counselor Center in Lawton, OK for 3 years. He was licensed as a Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist in OK and AR. He was the Corporate Chaplain for Hudson Foods, Inc. for 5 years and the Director of Chaplain Services for Tyson Foods, Inc. for 8 years. He served as Staff Chaplain, Hospice Chaplain, and Director of Pastoral Care Services for St. Mary’s Hospital in Rogers, AR. He served as a chaplain with Circle of Life Hospice and in retirement served as a chaplain with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Alan was a board-certified chaplain of the Association of Professional Chaplains and served on their Member Services Council. He served on the Advisory Board of Mercy Medical Center of NWA and on the Council of Endorsement for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for 3 years.

Friendly, generous, thoughtful, welcoming are words that described Alan Tyson. Alan’s life was devoted to coming alongside people as they grew in their understanding of God’s love and their own faith. He enjoyed helping women find their place in ministry and helping industries care for the spiritual needs of Christians, Muslims, Jews as well as those with no faith affiliation. His family could count on him to be present for celebrations and for hard times. He loved to ride bikes, plan trips, see new places, try new recipes, and learn to use new tools and gadgets.

Throughout his life Alan faithfully tithed to the churches he attended. As a Memorial to him give to the church or charity of your choice.

An online Celebration of Life will be held January 30 at 1pm. The family hopes to host an in person gathering in Rogers, AR when it is safe to do so. Please check Alan’s Facebook account for more information.

22 Comments to Charles Alan Tyson

  1. Mischelyn Wood says:

    Deborah and Paul,

    I am so very sorry for the loss of your sweet dad. I am so blessed to have had the pleasure of knowing him. Always a kind man willing to share amazing stories of things he had done and seen. We talked about Jesus and mission work. Again, my deepest condolences. Prayers for your family during this time.

  2. Pierce McIntyre, Chaplain Tyson Foops says:

    Alan Tyson…In the years entrusted to him, Alan made the most of his days. Acts 13:36 NIV says,
    “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed.
    Alan gave his time to encourage me as a new chaplain listening to my questions and concerns.
    Alan in all his achievements and accomplishments he was a servant. He had a servant’s heart to mentor and develop others.
    As we reflect on Alan and his life may we be his living legacy in our generation.
    Blessed to have known Alan…

  3. Velma Madison says:

    It was truly a blessing to know Chaplin Tyson. He was one of those people you look back on your life and events and it makes you smile. He always made me feel important, not just in the eyes of man, but especially in the eyes of God.

  4. Deb Bonner says:

    Alan was so kind and dependable! It was a joy to know and be around him. He had a quick smile and wit to match. He was warm and welcoming every time I spoke with him. A goodly and godly man. He was an asset to Tyson Foods and all who came in contact with him. Prayers as you continue this journey looking forward to the time of being reunited.

  5. Linda Treat says:

    So Sorry for your loss. Chaplin Tyson was a wonderful caring, compassionate Godly man. I had many talks with him while he was at Tyson Foods. I don’t know what I would have done without his compassion and encouragement. He helped me through some tough times. I hated to see him leave Tyson. I have missed him and our talks very much . My Prayers are with your family. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

  6. Lorri Lee says:

    I loved to see his smiling face walk through the door. He always made me smile. Prayers are with your family. He was a blessing to know!

  7. Hugh Wagner says:

    So sorry for your loss. Alan did so much for the people of Lost Bridge Community Church. He was a faithful servant of the Lord. I. will miss his emails and calls of encouragement. Until we meet again my friend Love You,

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  9. Lyndell McCoy says:

    Alan’s family is in my thoughts and prayers. Alan was one of the great chaplains at Tyson Foods.

  10. Gail Stickney says:

    Chaplain Tyson was such a kind man with a gentle, compassionate heart. He was missed when he left Tyson and made a special impact on so many lives while he was with us. What a wonderful legacy he leaves behind for all of the lives he touched. Heartfelt prayers for the family, friends and all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

  11. John Mertz says:

    I will miss Alan with his great smile and welcoming demeanor. What a blessing he was to me on the Mercy Home Health Committee. May God bless his family. John Mertz

  12. Stuart Towns says:

    I remember Alan well from our days of growing up in Forrest City. Great memories. His family will be in my prayers.

  13. Linda King says:

    Chaplain Tyson was a great man who helped so many people. He will be missed. I’m very thankful to have know him.

  14. Vernon and Louise Lockhart says:

    We enjoyed being friends with Alan throughout our school years in Forrest City. He was soft-spoken, easy going and had kind words for everyone. We were happy to see him at our 60th class reunion. He will long be remembered.

  15. Paul Woodhouse says:

    Alan mentored a great many chaplains and ministers in his life. I was one of them. Humble, helpful, and approachable are traits I most admired about him. These qualities were present because of his steadfast trust in Jesus Christ. It was an honor to be taught by him and for me to watch him serve others through Breakthrough and in his churches.

  16. Mike Mohney says:

    I worked with Alan at Tyson Foods Corporate Headquarters. We traveled together to many Tyson Foods locations on the corporate jet. I always told him I felt safer when he was on board because “God was my copilot .” Alan was one of the nicest men I’d ever met. I will always remember his kindness and his great sense of humor.

  17. Travis Garrett says:

    I remember Alan when he was Corporate chaplain for Hudson Foods. My mother worked at Hudson at the time and became very ill and was in the hospital for a time. I met Alan for the first time when he came to visit her in the hospital. That meant a lot to me. Years later I was hired by Tyson Foods. Alan came by at work to visit one day and we made the connection that we had met previously in the hospital. He asked how my Mom was doing and always asked about her from that day forward. Alan was the most genuine, compassionate person. I will always remember his warm, kind, and comforting demeanor.

  18. Francisco Jose Novoa says:

    Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine;et lux perpetua luceat eis. Rest in Peace, thank you for making Tyson an example Christian corporate citizen that cares for its employees as the Lord cares for his flock.

  19. Rosa Rosario-Amaro says:

    I never had the opportunity to meet your father, but I here today because of your father desire to serve like we commanded to do. The word tell us to love our father and serve his community. I never thought this would be what God would have me doing today. I just want to thank your family for the opportunity his answer to the call resulted ministries all over the world. Here in New Holland PA, and surrounding areas that we serve we honor you Chaplain Alan Tyson

    Chaplain Rosa Rosario-Amaro

    ” A mi hermano en Cristo Alan Tyson un million de gracias por tu volundad de servir a nuestro llamado de Cristo”.

  20. Kristin Evenson says:

    Alan was such a dear man and good friend to me. We met at the corporate chaplaincy gatherings at Yale Divinity School and hit it off. Years later we reconnected on social media but our friendship and fondness had endured. Alan was such a kind and heart-full man who had eyes to see and a heart to respond. I’m tender and touched to have been in his orbit. ❤️

  21. Priscilla Mondt says:

    I served with Alan on active duty when I was an Army line officer and he served as the chaplain of an inpatient substance abuse center. I later also became an Army chaplain and was delighted to meet him again when I came to NW Arkansas to serve at the Veterans Hospital. I was active in the NW Arkansas Chaplain Association that he founded and he nominated me to serve as President. He quietly supported others and made room for their callings, gifts and talents. We had much in common as I now follow him into the professional mental health field. The man who has went before me several times has gone ahead of me once again where I am certain that he heard God say “Welcome, thou good and faithful servant.” One day I shall again follow where we will gather around the Throne of God to eternally sing His praises! May the God of comfort and grace embrace Alan’s family and the many friends who mourn this great earthly loss.

  22. Robin Hahs says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Chaplain Tyson at Hudson Foods in Rogers. He was the kindest & most compassionate man – & a dear soul. I thought the world of he & Dell both. No doubt, he will be sorely missed.

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