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Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery
Saturday June 19th, 2021

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Tyson Laney

In the early morning hours of Monday, June 14, 2021, Neil Tyson Laney, 74, of Durham, North Carolina and formerly of Marion, passed away at his residence. He was born December 01, 1946, to the late Loren Molly Laney and Wilma Ashe Laney. While born in Maryville, Tennessee, he grew up on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, a place he dearly loved and returned to often. Tyson lived a full life with many passions. After serving in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, he spent 30 years as a North Carolina Wildlife Officer, a job that excited him each day until he retired as a Major of Field Operations, including having served as the training director for Wildlife Enforcement at the UNC School of Government. But Tyson’s biggest passion was music, especially bluegrass. Armed with his Martin six-string and deep voice, Tyson fingerpicked and sung his cherished music to all willing to listen and many did. Audiences loved his bluegrass covers and original songs filled with hilarious but deceptively educational stories from his days as a wildlife officer and conservationist. Tyson was never far from his guitar and used it often to make everyone’s day brighter. Those left to cherish his memories and music are his loving wife, Ruth Wiseman Laney; his sisters, Phyllis Connell and Denise Beam (Dennis); six children, Christopher Laney of Greensboro, Walter Laney (Lindsay) of Greensboro, John Deaton of Liberty, Neil Laney of Burlington, Preston Laney (Jessica) of Burlington, and Hannah Branch (Jeff) of Durham; fourteen grandchildren, T.J. Landis, John Laney, Cort Laney, Chase Laney, Eyler Laney, Mila Laney, Austin Laney, Neil Laney, Jordan Laney, Lillie Deaton, Sammy Deaton, Waylon Deaton, Jaden Branch, and Emme Branch. Tyson greatly loved his wife, sisters, children, and grandchildren as well as his numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and was extremely proud of them all. He also dearly loved his spiritual family at Liberty Baptist Church in Durham, NC. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery in Linville Falls with Pastor Scott Gray officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Foundation in Tyson’s name by visiting, http://www.ncwhf.org/donations/.

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I am so sorry to hear of Tyson's passing; he was truly one of a kind! I loved his upbeat personality and enjoyed the times we would talk music when he would stop by our office. His knowledge of bluegrass, as well as his ability to flatpick that Martin, will be sorely missed by all of us!

Jon Booker Aug 13 2021 8:56 AM

I just learned of Tyson passing. He was a wonderful friend.

Tim Melton Jul 19 2021 2:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Tyson Laney

Mitch Arney Jul 17 2021 11:25 AM

To all of the Laney family we were saddened to hear of Tysons passing. Although we didnt see him often we enjoyed keeping in touch on Facebook. Please know that we have all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and hope those special memories he left will carry until you meet with him again.

Fran & Edward Laney Jun 18 2021 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers to the family . Tyson was a wonderful man and so loved....

Dottie Huebner Jun 18 2021 12:00 AM

Our sincerest condolences to Ruthie and the whole Laney/Wiseman families. May the gathering of loved ones to celebrate his life help ease the pain of your loss. We are listening to Roosters, Rivers and Rhymes as we write this. Tyson was a man of many talents, who used those talents to make the world a better place. His great sense of humor will live on in our memories. Rest in peace Tyson

John and Sharon Sommers Jun 18 2021 12:00 AM

There was no one in the world like Uncle Tyson. He was full of laughter, jokes, funny songs and lots of hugs and kisses, with every visit between us. So many fond memories were made, as I grew up with him, and will cherish until my time here is completed, as well. He is missed terribly already, and there is a VOID here, that can never be filled. I am so very thankful for his faithfulness, loyalty and love that he lived and taught me, my siblings, my cousins and his children. We will continue to honor him well. Until we meet again, your LOVE will live on.

Melissa McKinney- Lissie to Uncle Tyson Jun 18 2021 12:00 AM

Ruthie, I am so sorry for your loss!! Mom & I both were discussing fond memories of yall! She worked with Tyson at the Wildlife Commission and I have wonderful memories of our time working together! Please know we are praying and thinking of you! Dianne Kapherr & Marlene Creech

Dianne Kapherr Jun 17 2021 12:00 AM

Tyson was my big brother and I couldnt have had a better one if I had hand picked one myself. He loved my cooking because it reminded him of Moms but he had a hand in teaching that to me at an early age. Tyson was my hero and always will be. I wish he could have stayed here a little longer but I know where he is and I know well see each other again soon. I love you big brother very much!

Neecie Jun 17 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Tyson Laney

Henry and Joan Kanipe Jun 17 2021 12:00 AM

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