John Tyson Patrick, 91, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020 at his home in Jacksonville, FL. Tyson was born on August 11, 1928 and lived in Jacksonville his entire life. He graduated from Lee High School in 1946 and married his high school sweetheart, Betty Sue Dizor in 1949. Tyson worked as an office supply salesman for many years, owned his own small business for a few years, then worked at the Duval County Courthouse as a bailiff after retirement. Tyson was very active in the local church and passionate in his love for the Lord. He was a member of Park Lane and Hyde Park Baptist Churches for many years then Normandy Park Baptist Church until his death. He was a truly kind and generous person, loved and respected by many, a spiritual pillar for his family and others. He leaves behind an amazing legacy.
Tyson was a talented, self-taught musician. He played several instruments and had a beautiful singing voice. He loved singing classic hymns for his church family. Tyson enjoyed traveling with his wife in their RV for many years and especially loved being in the mountains. He was loved and cherished by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, with whom he enjoyed spending quality time. Tyson loved reading and even wrote his own poetry and songs. He also had a love for story telling and humor.
Tyson was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Betty Sue Patrick; parents, James Chester Patrick and Ottie Hawkins; and sister Sybil (Willis) Gibbs. Tyson is survived by his children Steven (Lynn) Patrick and Robin (Lee) Michael; grandchildren J.T. Patrick and Jamie (Nash) Toler; great-grandchildren Michael and Selah Toler; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family will be holding a small family graveside service Wednesday May 6th. A larger Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date when larger gatherings are allowed. For JoAnn Dizor Ray – Niece A Life is a continuous thread. It weaves itself through love and memory, and remains a part of everyone it has touched. So Grateful for the gift of his life and the many cherished memories. With Our Deepest Sympathy, JoAnn and David May 6, 2020 Sabrina Dyer DeWitt – Family Uncle Tyson was an amazing man. All of my memories with him bring a smile to my face. I remember many stories that had me captivated, lots of card games that had me laughing and lots of songs that he had me singing along. I remember when I was 15 and visiting and he told me to drive him home because he knew I didnt think I could and I didn’t want to… but he knew better, and I knew better than to argue- so I didn’t. We lost our Papa (Bob Dizor) when we were young and Uncle Tyson helped fill that void. Best of all memories was seeing how much he loved his family and he made sure y’all knew it. Even with my momma and the time that went between their visits…. They would pick up right where they left off. I know it will be the same when we see his face again. Until then Uncle Tyson. Welcome Home. May 6, 2020 Dale and Debbie Hunter – Friends We are so sorry for your loss. Mr Tyson was a blessing to us in so many ways…he made us laugh with his jokes, brought us to tears and worship when he sang and was a mentor to every man in our church. He was a blessing to Normandy Park Baptist Church and we will miss him. We are thankful to have known him and have special memories of time with him.He was a Godly, gentleman! May 5, 2020 Leonard Hacker – Friend I first met Tyson years ago at Hyde Park Baptist Church. Always liked him. He was a great singer as well. I will miss his friendly manner. May 5, 2020 Gina – Steve Patrick’s sister-in-law Such a wonderfully friendly, funny and loving man. He made everyone feel as though they were a member of his family. My sister could not have asked for a more loving father-in-law. Mr Patrick may you Rest In Peace and comfort in the hands of your Lord. May 5, 2020 Dan & Melanie Coile – Friend Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, when we can finally be back together he will be so missed. I know he is watching over all of us as we keep on going. Love you May 5, 2020 Service Details Riverside Memorial Park Jacksonville, Florida
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:00 AM