Dorothy Virginia Lane Tyson, 88, reached journey’s end on June 27, 2020, at The Hearth at Franklin, after a sudden plunge into dementia.
Mrs. Tyson was born on a farm in Williamson County on July 7, 1931. She was the oldest of three daughters born to Robert Herman Lane and Eliza Mae Price Lane.
Dorothy began her journey in a tenant house off Spencer Creek Road and grew up during the years of the Great Depression and World War II, and as she often said, “on a farm as her daddy’s only boy.”
Her first seven years of school were at Parman, a one-room schoolhouse in the Grassland Community, followed by the eighth grade at Franklin Elementary/Junior High. She graduated with the Class of 1949 from Franklin High School.
Early on, she worked as a billing clerk for the Gillett Grain Company and later in the credit department at Third National Bank in Nashville.
She met her husband-to-be on May 30 while he was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. They were married on Aug. 2, and he departed for Korea on Oct. 18, both in 1953.
Over the next 23 years, the family grew and experienced 14 moves at the convenience of the Army. Dorothy was not only a mother, home-maker and military wife, but during four years of hardship tours to Korea, Vietnam and other choice places, she was also the head of the Tyson household.
Her final military-related position was as the “Colonel’s Lady” at Panzer Kaserne in Germany where Stanley served as the commanding officer of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and post commander.
Moving back to Williamson County in 1976, the Tysons lived in their retirement home for over 43 years. They built on land her father had managed since moving to the Gillett Farm (now Cottonwood Subdivision) in 1939 and purchased from the estate of the former owners.
She was known throughout her life as a caring, giving and loving person who seemed at ease in any situation and who always stood ready to assist when and where needed. She never met a stranger.
She was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and was active in many of church committees and programs. She was a dedicated wife, mother and friend and will be greatly missed by those who grew to respect and love her. Even though she matured early into a charming and gracious lady, her deep Williamson County roots kept her humble and appreciative of the simple pleasures that provided the lasting bonds that gave strength to ties that held family and friends together against all adversities.
She is survived by sisters, Edith Rebecca Lane Locke of Franklin and Catherine Nell Lane of Crossville, Tennessee; Jane Opatrny, her foster sister, also of Crossville; husband of almost 67 years, Wallace Stanley Tyson; daughter, Teresa Lane Tyson Bennett; son-in-law, Frederick Barger Bennett of Williamson County and her son, Eric Stanley Tyson; daughter-in-law, Laurie Ann Lynch Tyson of Watertown, Tennessee; granddaughter, Autumn Tyson Stone of Franklin; step-grandson, James Benjamin Bennett (Rebecca) of Spring Hill; great-grandchildren, Lucy Zephyr Theiler, Rylee, Jacob and Jackson Bennett; and nephews, Lane Davis Locke of Franklin and Mark Austin Locke of Spring Hill.
Her wish was to be cremated, and her remains will be held until a date yet to be determined.
A memorial/celebration of life will be scheduled at Bethlehem United Methodist Church at a later date.