Julian Augustus “Tayman” Tyer, 53 of Leonardtown, Maryland, passed away on February 14, 2013. Julian was born in Maddox, Maryland on February 18, 1959 to James A. and the late Martha E. (Scriber) Tyer.
Julian received his education in the St. Mary’s County Public School system, where he excelled academically and in sports; playing football, basketball, baseball and track. He also attended Davidson College.
Julian worked for many years with Chopp Lumber Company and Dean Lumber Company, but in recent years was self-employed in the construction business doing home improvement. Julian enjoyed being with family and friends and spent many hours of enjoyment and entertainment with them.
Nothing pleased him more than sitting around on a Sunday afternoon watching TV, telling stories of his childhood to his nieces and nephews and laughing at their reactions. He was known as a kind and gentle man who displayed a serious nature and keen wit.
An intellectual man, Julian loved to hold what he called “intelligent” conversations with his nieces and nephews. When recalling those conversations, the kids would always state that “Uncle Tayman knows everything”, to which he would reply “I don’t know everything, I just know a little about a lot of things”.
His compassion and love for his family and others was evident. Julian was always willing to lend a hand, and never backed away from a challenge. There was nothing he couldn’t fix and on many days you could find him tinkering with one project or another.
Outside of his family and work, his hobbies included sports. Over the years, Julian participated on many softball, baseball and basketball teams.
His love of sports and his commitment to youth advocacy led him to work and volunteer with the St. Mary’s County Parks and Recreation Department, the St. Mary’s County Branch of the NAACP, where he served as First Vice President and the Chopticon High School Athletic Boosters Club.
He also coached his nephews in basketball through these leagues. Julian was preceded in death by his mother Martha E. (Scriber) Tyer.
Julian leaves to cherish fond memories his loving and devoted family: father, James; stepmother, Grace; brothers, Wayne, James (Traci), Kyle, Craig (Kelly), Clint (Jennifer), Larry (Agnes) and Ronnie; sisters, Lisa (Paul), Lori (Eugene), Luray, Sheena (Sam) and Selena (William); nephews, Eric, Justin (Heather), Craig II, Kyle, Jason, Jared, Trent, Jackson, Travis, LJ, Rodney, Sam and Marvin; nieces, Angel (Bankole), Alysia, Jernai, Felica, Kyriana, Shelby, Tiara, Lakira and Chloe; great-nephew, Justin; great-niece, Alivia; ex-wife, Betsy and mother-in-law, Betty.
He also leaves to mourn a host of special aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Family and friends will unite for Visitation on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12 noon until time of the “Homegoing Service” at 1:00 p.m. at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home Chapel, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, Maryland. Reverend Bankole Akinbinu will be officiating. Interment will be private.