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Donald H. Tyra

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Funeral services for Mr. Donald H. Tyra, age 74 of Ruston, will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, November 26, 2010 at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston with Bro. Norris Corry officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery in Clay under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Tyra was born February 23, 1936 in La Mesa, Texas and passed away peacefully at his home in Ruston Saturday, November 20, 2010.  He was a truck driver by trade working for Sanitary Dairy and Thurmon Oil Company. In his spare time, Mr. Tyra was an avid golf player.  He was preceded in death by his parents:  Forrest Tyra and Zella Burns Tyra as well as his brother:  Eldon Tyra. Mr. Tyra is survived by his wife of 52 years:  Connie Applegate Tyra, his daughter Pam Smith; his sons: Phillip Tyra and wife Emmy and Michael and wife Elaine;  eight grandchildren:  Ricky Smith and wife Suzanne, Alan Smith and fiancée Devan Morrow, Mandy Tyra, P.J. Tyra, David Tyra, Zachary Tyra, Zane Tyra and Sophie Tyra; three great grandchildren:  Allie Izabella, Aiden and Zackie; his brother Gene Tyra and wife Brenda; two extended daughters:  Theresa Christian and Patty McNeal as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Ricky Smith, Alan Smith, Zachary Tyra, Zane Tyra, Cody Russell and Paul White.  Visitation will be from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM Friday, November 26, 2010 at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston.  To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.

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