Wilfred E. Tyler, Jr. affectionately known as “Wonkey” by his family and friends and “Kid Shockey” by a few, was quietly called home to be with His Heavenly Father. He was born to the union of Hester Mae Westmoreland-Tyler and Wilfred E. Tyler on February 14, 1950 in Portsmouth, VA.
Wilfred attended school briefly in Chesapeake, VA and was the eldest of eight children. “Wonkey” helped raise his siblings by teaching them to tie their shoes and taught them to color. He was a happy, loving, kindhearted person who always greeted you with a smile, handshake, kiss or a hug. He loved playing cards, checkers, listening to music, watching game shows and especially “Gunsmoke”. He enjoyed coloring, but most of all he enjoyed his family. He had been a member of Bethesda Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York many years ago.
Wilfred was predeceased by his father, Wilfred E. Tyler, Sr., his step-father, William A. Gatling, Sr., his sister, Yvonnie M. Gatling, his brothers, Ray E. Tyler and Alvan A. Tyler.
Wilfred leaves to cherish his loving memories, his mother, Hester M. Tyler, Norfolk, VA; sister, Monalisa M. Dillard (Valencio), Virginia Beach, VA; brother James T. Gatling (Stephanie), Norfolk, VA; brother, Vincent L. Gatling, Bronx, New York; Jifferis J. Tyler, Charles L. Gatling, Brooklyn, New York; Jeremy J. Gatling (Tamara), Virginia Beach, VA; an adopted brother, Ray White, Norfolk, VA; aunts, Mamie L. Sheppard (Calvin), Durham, NC and Jacqueline E. Caton, Richmond, VA; an uncle, Harrell J. Westmoreland (Sandra), Suffolk, VA, a great-uncle, Willie A. Wilson (Mildred), Portsmouth, VA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.