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A time to be Born: Gwendolyn Gibbons Tyree was born June 5, 1956, in Autauga County, Alabama, in the community of Browntown to the Late Sis. Lois E.
(Gibbons) Tyus. She was raised and nurtured by her grandparents, the late
Homer and Marie Wright Gibbons. She was the oldest daughter of Lois E. Tyus and the oldest granddaughter of Homer and Marie Gibbons
A time to Build: Gwendolyn was educated in the Autauga County Schools System which included the historical Mount Sinai Rosenwald School and graduated from Billingsley High School in 1974. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from The University of Alabama (1979), Master of Science Degree in Education from Alabama State University, and Advanced degree from Troy State in Montgomery.
In September 1976, she was united in matrimony to the late James Norris Tyree. To this union, one son Brian L. Gibbons was born.
She began her professional career with the Autauga County Board of Education where she taught at Autaugaville High School and Prattville High School. She retired after 20 years of continuous service. After retiring, she was employed as the Church Secretary at Old Kingston Missionary Baptist Church.
She donated five years of her time helping to research and document history that laid the foundation that later led to the establishment of the Old Kingston Historical Cemetery non-profit organization.
A time to Embrace: Gwendolyn began a long relationship with Jesus Christ at an early age and joined Old Kingston Missionary Baptist Church in Prattville, Alabama where she worked faithfully as Adult Sunday School Teacher, Senior Choir President and Director, member of the Mission Society and in many other capacities. Gwendolyn also taught Bible Study at the Mt. Sinai Senior Citizen Center.
A time to Love: Gwendolyn demonstrated her love for family and extended family with a spirit of great devotion. She loved her son, grandchildren, and family unconditionally. She loved reading, helping others, and traveling. Her most cherished experience was her mission trip to Africa.
A time to Die: Our Lord called Gwen home early Tuesday morning. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lois E. Gibbons Tyus, and her grandparents, Homer and Marie Gibbons, stepfather, Morris Tyus, and Uncle James W. Gibbons.
A time to Mourn: Gwendolyn is survived by her devoted son, Brian LaKeith Gibbons, Two aunts/sisters, Barbara Merkerson, Birmingham Alabama: Beverly (Walter) Postell, Marbury Alabama; one uncle Roger (Sandra) Gibbons, Huntsville Alabama; Three sisters, Bemeatrice Saunders, Philadelphia PA: Sherrilyn (Dwayne) Sanders, Verbena Alabama; and Nadine Tyus, Verbena Alabama; Four brothers, Maurice (Rose) Tyus, Clanton Alabama; Rodney (Vondell) Tyus, Millbrook, Alabama, Tracy (Sharon) Deatsville, Alabama; Ricky Townsend, New York, Four granddaughters, Tanecia, Kayla, Layla, and Madisyn: two grandsons, Brian LaKeith Gibbons, Jr. and Hunter Gibbons. One aunt, Delores Brown Gibbons, Providence, Rhode Island: and one Great aunt, Mrs. Lois Wright, Birmingham, Alabama and a host of loving nieces, nephews. cousins, families and friends. Special Friends/Caregivers Tonia B Speigner & Chiquita Caver.