Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mrs. Melissa Stokes Tyler, age 48, of Athens, GA on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from injuries received in a automobile accident.Funeral services will be Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM in the Swainsboro First Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Leigh officiating.Interment will follow in the Bishop’s Chapel Church Cemetery.The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 PM till time of serviceMemorial services will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 2:00 PM in the First United Methodist Church, 327 N. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA. The family will be receiving friends at the church following the service.Pallbearers are Jake Matthews, Trent Taylor, Noah Shuman, Chris Chapmen, Doug Brown, Jason Daughtry, Jon MacDonald, Tom Ellerbee, Dale Shedd and Bill Hallman.Honorary Escorts will be Prince Avenue Christian School Family, Athens First United Methodist Church Family, Jefferson County Fire Chief Keith Boulineau, Jefferson County First Responders Troy Stewart, TFC Hal Wilson GSP Post #19, TFC Michael D. Jackson GSP SCRT Team, Conservation Ranger FC Grant Matherly DNR, Corp. Nick Robertson Em. Co. Sheriffs Dept., Em. Co. Sheriff J. Tyson Stephens, Deputy Coroner of Jefferson County Faye McGahee, Governor David Emanuel-Adam Brinson Chapter DAR members and the Emanuel Rangers Chapter UDC members Mrs. Tyler was born in Swainsboro, Emanuel County, GA, was a 1984 Honor graduate of Swainsboro High School, and continued her education graduating from the Terry School of Business, at the University of Georgia, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Accounting.After working in the public sector with Rice and Giles, PC, the University of Georgia Foundation and Turner and Patat, PC, Mrs. Tyler was employed as the Director of Finance with the Prince Avenue Christian School System. She was a member of the Governor David Emanuel-Adam Brinson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Emanuel Rangers Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Northeast Georgia Chapter – Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts. Other community involvement includes Clarke County Mentor Program/ Clarke County Mentor Board Treasurer, Athens Area Cancer Auxiliary, having severed as (Membership Chair, Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Tour of Homes Chair), Junior League of Athens with extensive leadership rolls as (Koffee Klinic Chair, Arnocroft Committee, Festival of Trees Preview Party Chair, Festival of Trees Committee Chair and Corresponding Secretary). Also the University Optimist Club (secretary, treasurer), Leadership Athens Class of 1998, Chi Omega House Corporation (Assistant Treasurer), Athens Nurses’ Clinic Board Member and was an active member of the Athens First United Methodist Church and Children’s Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Tyler was preceded in death by her father, Cay Guyton Stokes Jr. of Swainsboro, GASurvivors include:Her Husband: Michael Kirby Tyler of Athens, GAOne Daughter: Amelia Ann Tyler of Athens, GAMother: Barbara Ann Taylor Stokes of Swainsboro, GAOne Sister and Brother-In-Law: Elizabeth Stokes Matthews and James Robert Matthews III of Barnesville, GANiece and Nephew: Anna Elizabeth Matthews and James Robert Matthews IV of Barnesville, GAMother and Father-In-Law: Kirby and Carolyn Tyler of Elberton, GASister-In-Law: Lynsley Tyler of Atlanta, GAShould friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Melissa Stokes Tyler Scholarship, c/o Prince Avenue Christian School, 2201 Ruth Jackson Rd., Bogart, GA 30622Condolences may be submitted online at www.durden-hudsonfuneraldirectors.comDurden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mrs. Melissa Stokes Tyler of Athens, GA.
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