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James Ernest Tyler, MCPO, US Navy, (Ret.)

Mr. James Ernest Tyler, 80, of Winter Park, Florida passed away peacefully on the 13th of November,  2020.

On January 21, 1940, he was born in Norfolk, Virginia the son of the late James & Vivian Monath Tyler.

He  leaves behind his loving wife  Samyra with whom they enjoyed  20 years together.  Sister Jackie Davis of Jacksonville, FL, Brother Harvey Tyler of Jacksonville, FL, Son & Spouse- Chris & Julie of Middleburg, FL, Son & Spouse-Paul & Kelly of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Daughter & Spouse-Jennifer & David Lopez of Nashville, TN, and Daughter & Spouse- Jaclyn & Dominick Dubrasky of Stuart, FL.   10 Grandchildren-Matthew, Dylan, James, Austin, John, Keira, Zoe, Penelope, Ariya, and David. 4 Great Grandchildren-Brooklyn, Brody, Eleanor, and Aubrey.

Jim made the decision to enlist in the US Navy in 1957 and enjoyed a career of over 30 years, ultimately retiring as a Master Chief (E9).  He was on a P3 aircraft and flew the longest flight recorded.  He was awarded metals for this accomplishment.  He was a very hard worker and continued working as a contractor with L3 Communications working on flight simulators, retired in 1990.

James grew up in Jacksonville, he graduated from Lee High School, from there he went straight into the Navy.  He was stationed in Italy for 4 years, Sunnyvale, CA for 3 years, Memphis, TN, Jacksonville, FL, and then to Winter Park, FL in 1982 where he retired from the Navy as a Master Chief.  

Hobbies and activities he enjoyed included boating, fishing, golf, University of  Florida football (Go Gators) and he was a fixer of all things.

Funeral Ceremonies will be held at Florida National Cemetery on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm.  Family and guests are prompted to arrive at cemetery between 1:30-1:45  ahead of the 2:00pm service.  Military will be performed by the Sumter County Memorial Honor Guard and US Navy Funeral Honors Team.  For more information please email Samyra at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of James Tyler to Alzheimer’s Association at . Alzheimer’s Association is an organization that provides care and support to those facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s and help advance critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.   

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