William “Bill” Moses Tyson passed away peacefully Saturday morning, September 6, at the age of 97.
He was born in Wilson, NC and graduated from Atlantic Christian College in 1938. After his military service he lived most of his life in New Bern, NC. For the last two years he has lived in Raleigh to be close to family.
Bill was a proud member of the “Greatest Generation” and served in World War II. His battalion was assigned to Merrill’s Marauders commanded by Brig Gen Frank Merrill. Platoon Sergeant Tyson received a Bronze Star for outstanding leadership in combat in some of the worst jungle fighting of the war. He turned down a field commission and was discharged in 1945.
After Bill’s return from the war he went to work for Carolina Telephone and Telegraph where he worked his way up to become head of human resources. He retired in 1981 and had a long and healthy retirement playing a lot of golf with friends and fishing. He was an member of First Baptist Church and active in Sunday school well in to his 90s.
Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Connie, and his second wife of 35 years, Christine.
Survivors include step-daughter, Phyllis Turlington and husband John; stepson, Timothy Coates; grandchildren, Shelley Kraft husband, Milton, Mark Turlington wife, Jill, Brent, Brittany, Janna and Toli Coates. There are four great-grandchidren.
He is also survived by one brother, two sisters and several nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date.