Bobby W. Tyler

Bobby W Tyler, 85, departed for his journey to heaven in the early morning of Sunday, March 5, 2023. 

He was born in Rich Square, North Carolina, to Herbert P. and Clara B. Tyler.  Bobby was the most wonderful father and husband.  He went into the Army after graduating from Rich Square High School in North Carolina in 1955. He stayed for 2 years in the Army and then came to Newport News, VA and worked with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A & P) where he retired as the store manager after 21 years.  Bobby also joined the Army Reserves after leaving the Army in 1957.  He was a member of the 359th Transportation Battalion where he went back to Active Guard Reserve in 1982. He left the 359th Battalion in 1990 to serve with the 462nd Battalion in Trenton, NJ until he retired as a MSG in 1997.  Bobby then went to work with the Surface Deployment Distribution Command, (SDDC) at Ft Eustis, VA and retired after 9 years.  Bobby then worked with CACI International at Ft Eustis, VA for a few years before completely retiring.  Bobby was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newport News, VA.  Bobby was also a Mason.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Herbert “Ted” Tyler.

Bobby is survived by his loving wife, of over 64 years, Nancy and his four daughters; first daughter, Nancy Delk and her husband Kenneth, their sons, Jason and his wife Tara and their daughter Maegan, Matthew and his wife Laura and their children, Tristen, Luna, Natalia and Savannah; second daughter Cheryl Tyler and her two children, Heather, and her son James, and Hunter; third daughter, Vondha Tyler with her four children; Branden Tyler and his wife Nicole and their five children, Jarvis, Brady, Brandy, Aidian and Grayson,  Luke Shaffer, Desiree Savage and her fiancé Jay Savage, and their children, Tessa, Tony, Ethan, Kira and Emma, Samantha Tyler and her three children, Leo, Evelyn and Sean; fourth daughter is Carolyn Tyler; all of Virginia; a brother, Donald and his wife Jane of Nashville, NC; and a sister-in-law, Kathryn Tyler.

A large loving family has lost a treasured husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. The world has lost a selfless man able to bring a smile or laugh to all he encountered.

The family will receive friends, at Peninsula Funeral Home, from 6 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 9. His funeral will be held at 10 am, on Friday, March 10, at Peninsula Funeral Home, with the burial taking place in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Cherylynn Tyler

    I love you Daddy. Even though I miss you, I know you are in a rocking chair swopping tales and laughing. I’m sure there will be some epic basketball games too.

  2. Jeanette Smith

    My love and condolences to Bobby’s wife Nancy and all of the family.
    My husband Eddie and I were blessed to have Bobby and Nancy as very dear friends when we were all newly weds.
    We had many fun times together.
    He was a very special man.

  3. Carolyn Tyler

    He was the best daddy a girl could ever have. I will carry you with me always and forever. I just want 1 more army apple.

  4. Mary Dill

    Uncle Bobby was truly one if the kindest people put on this earth. He was devoted to his family and faith, and a loyal servant of the country he loved. This is a loss for everyone and humankind itself.

  5. Michael Lowrie

    Bobby, you taught me,Ron and Neal a hole lot of lessons to survive in life, will never forget how much fun we had playing Basketball when we were just kids, you will greatly missed, and you will always be loved by me, Ron and Neal

  6. Chris Shipley

    Nancy & Family
    So very sad to hear about Bobby. He was an exceptional man and friend. Loved working with him and always listening to him talk about the family and going to the lake. You all were truly blessed. Losing someone is never easy but know in your heart that this is temporary and you will see him again. Hugs to all from Chris & Brian

  7. Jason John Tyler

    Bobby, it makes me happy to know you are pain free and at peace. I will be watching your funeral online, but I keep wondering if you maybe left fireworks somewhere or if you planned something that would make everyone laugh. Bobby Wayne Tyler you were simply the toughest, most caring and very best man I ever knew; an awesome friend, a loving father, grandfather and a dedicated husband for many many years. I will miss the precious times we spent together and your stories of all the fun things you did as a kid. The awesome pranks you played on others and your jokes and our many long phone conversations about everything under the sun, including your life experiences – all will be missed dearly, but I’m glad you feel no more pain and that you are resting in peace now. I’m sure that you and my loving grandma will have lots to talk about, up there, and much to laugh about too, and I’m certain that God’s going to have his hands full when you start playing pranks on all of them up there, in Heaven.

  8. Wesley Poindexter

    I only met Bobby a couple of times but Nancy was my first cousin & Cherlynn has become a very dear Facebook friend over the past few years. I know Bobby will be missed by his family & all who knew & loved him. Condolences & prayers for each & everyone of them.

  9. Col. Edward Deegan

    I met Bobby Tyler in the 359th when I was the Major Executive Officer. Bobby was efficient, dutiful, and always met suspenses. He became a good friend over time and I miss him. I will remember him fondly.

  10. Marilee Deegan

    Bobby Tyler was the most kind, thoughtful and hard working person I have ever known. He was such a friend to Ed. He showed such thoughtfulness when Ed had his physical challenges in spite of the challenges he personally faced. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

  11. Michael Abbitt

    Although I knew Bobby for a short period in my life, he became an instant close friend, a brother from another mother as some people say. I am so so deeply sorry that I was not able to spend more time with him. His passion for family, life, friendship, as well as compassion for others has touched me deeply. I hope that I can pass on to others what he gave to me in friendship and his spirit of giving. Bobby, you will be missed, my brother, but you will not be forgotten. I hope to see you again.

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