Jesse Earl Tyes

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Jesse Earl Tyes, affectionately known to us as “Earl” and “Big Eye,” was born May 17, 1964, to Frank Tyes and Theodoria Sturghill in Blytheville. Earl was the baby of 14 children.

Earl was proceeded in death by his parents, Frank Tyes and Theodoria Wilkerson; grandparents, Essie Mae Howard, Ben Sturghill and Major Howard, Sr.; siblings, Denise Toni, Gertrude Smith, Henry Wilkerson, Jr., Leroy Donnell Sturghill, Ethel Lee Norris; and godmother, Mrs. Alberta Tate.

Earl departed this earthly life and entered the presence of the Lord, at the age of 58, on Sunday, July 3, 2022, at Sparrow Hospital surrounded by family. Earl was a beloved father, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin.

Earl attended and graduated from Blytheville High School in 1982. Shortly after graduation, Earl relocated to Lansing, Mich., to be with his older siblings.

Earl leaves to cherish his memories daughters, Di’Yanna and De’Zanae; son, Da’Quaviz all of Lansing, Mich.; siblings, Clarence Frazier of Chicago, Ill., Anarion Frazier of Lansing, Mich., Bertha Curtis of Benton Harbor, Mich., Essie (Charles) James of Lansing, Mich., Willie Dawson of Lansing, Mich., Mary-Lois (Simon) Donald of Lansing, Mich., Johnny Wilkerson of Blytheville, James (Debra) Wilkerson of Malden, Mo.; aunts, Willie Mae Echols of Blytheville, Annie Ruth George of Galveston, Texas; uncle, Major (Nona) Howard, Jr. of Broadview, Ill.; god-sisters and god-brothers, the Tate family; as well as a host of favorite nieces, nephews cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at Hope Christian Ministries International, 3827 Delta River Drive, Lansing, Mich. Reverend Robert Davis is the pastor. Pastor Marlon Carter, of Solid Rock Full Gospel Baptist Church, will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow in Glendale Cemetery 2500 Mt. Hope Road, Okemos, Mich.

Riley Funeral Home is in charge of all services and arrangements.