Thomas Grant Tyson, Jr., 86, of Pulaski, VA died Friday, July 24, 2020. He was born in Norfolk, VA, on July 8, 1934. Grant started working various jobs as a teenager, including a tenure at The Virginian Pilot newspaper as a worker on the print line, and he eventually got his own neighborhood delivery route. After graduating from Maury High School in 1954, he studied as a draftsman at the William and Mary annex on Hampton Blvd.
Grant took much pride in the 31 years that he spent in his career at the Chesapeake and Potomac Telegraph company. In his tenure there, he made several lifelong friends and learned many skills of the trade during the early evolution of the communications industry. One of his proudest accomplishments was his contribution as a cable worker on the construction of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.
Grant was a hardworking, kindhearted, and honest man. He loved a good joke and a hot cup of coffee.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Joanna Bentley Tyson, three grandchildren, and one great grand child
He is survived by one sister Rosa Mae Cohen in Arizona, his three children, Karen Carey, Anna Paciulli, and Grant Tyson III and their spouses, 10 grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren, and his cousins C.E. and Beth Boyd of Pulaski.
He also developed a tremendous family of friends in the Pulaski community where he chose to retire. His fondest memories of his later years were the time that he spent with the local family there, close friendships, and the fellowship at his family worship center.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 PM from the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeff Willhoite officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday at the funeral home from 6:00 PM until the service hour.
Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, 815 Randolph Ave., Pulaski, VA.